Colin Powell, former secretary of state under George W. Bush, died at the age of 84 from “complications from Covid-19”. He had been chief of staff of the armed forces before becoming the chief of the American diplomacy.
Colin Powell, former secretary of state under George W. Bush, died at the age of 84 from “complications from Covid-19,” his family announced on October 18.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, and grandfather, and a great American,” they said in a statement posted on social media, adding that he was “fully vaccinated.” Colin Powell died at Walter Reed Hospital, located in suburban Washington, where US presidents are often treated.
Colin Powell was the first African-American to hold the post of Chief of the Defense Staff, before becoming head of US diplomacy under the Republican presidency of George W. Bush.
Spearhead of the war against Iraq in 2003
A fervent supporter of the war in Iraq, Colin Powell made a long speech on February 5, 2003 to the UN Security Council on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) allegedly held by Iraq, arguments which have served to justify the invasion of the country.
He later admitted that this performance was a “stain” on his reputation: “It is a stain because I am the one who made this presentation on behalf of the United States to the world, and it will always be part of it. my record. “
Born April 5, 1937 in Harlem, Colin Powell grew up in New York City, where he studied geology.
He had started his military career in 1958. First stationed in Germany, he was then sent to Vietnam as military adviser to John F. Kennedy.