Updated: Oct 20
He passed away leaving us with nothing but fine memories and tons of inspiration for what he actually achieved with so little. As an enlisted man he rose to the ranks to become one of the top ranking officers in the military. After active duty he continued to service this country rising to become the first black secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff in the history of the United States. So popular was Mr. Powell that he actually had an opportunity and an easy route to becoming president of the United States. Yes before Barack Obama was elected, Colin Powell chose not to run.
Colin Powell died from complications of covid-19, at the age of 84. For those of you who follow in focus TV, you know that we've been on the front lines fighting the covet battle trying to help you remember to stay masked up and to strongly look at all the science behind vaccination before you take a heart stand. We've also encouraged you to be worried of fake news and really focus on real science from real scientists doing the work in the trenches every day. But even with all these warnings and reminders, we all are still vulnerable to this treacherous disease that is wrecked our culture, our economy, and the way we live.
Real legends and icons are rare, they come into our lives sometimes once in a lifetime. Real legends and icons don't have to lie to prove that they're awesome, they don't have to cheat to show that they're winners. And they don't have to steal or divide us to become a brand. They unite, they inspire, they work hard, many of them came from nothing. At the end of the day they transform lives and change cultures. That is exactly what we can say about General Colin Powell.
He successfully led the Gulf War and Desert storm, turning him into a war hero and solid, steady spokesperson after 9-11. What we can take away from his loss our loss is what he left us. This man was a beacon of class, style, power, force and intelligence.
Powell was born in New York City in 1937 and was raised in the South Bronx. His parents, Luther and Maud Powell, immigrated to the United States from Jamaica. Yes, he is Jamaican-American. He was educated in the New York City public schools, graduating from the City College of New York (CCNY), where he earned a bachelor's degree in geology. He also participated in ROTC at CCNY and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958. He was a professional soldier for 35 years, during which time he held many command and staff positions and rose to the rank of four-star general. He was Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command in 1989.
Powell's last assignment, from October 1989 to September 1993, was as the 12th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense. During this time, he oversaw 28 crises, including the invasion of Panama in 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf War. against Iraq in 1990–1991. He formulated the Powell Doctrine which limits American military action unless it satisfies criteria regarding American national security interests, overwhelming force, and widespread public support. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under Republican President George W. Bush.
Powell raised his own visibility in an era of high turmoil and continued divisiveness that we see worse today than it was then. Never was there a scandal, no accusations, no corruption issues. He had no reason to dodge any targets or slander because he was too busy getting the work done. No he wasn't on Twitter talking s*** about somebody else or bragging about how great he was. He wasn't doing interviews accusing one side or turning them against the other. He was fighting in the trenches to make a America better, stronger, more technologically advanced, and prepared militarily as well as from a security standpoint.
But let's remember this, call and power was a soldier first, he was a patriot and the real sense of the word. He had no problems challenging authority, criticizing both parties including the Republican party of which he became ashamed of, and he stood tall, continuing to rally for American progress.
After leaving his post, Powell continued to be among America's most trusted and admired leaders. His biography, "Imperfect Patriot" eloquently demonstrates that Powell's decades-long development as an exemplary subordinate is crucial to understanding his astonishing rise from a working-class immigrant neighborhood to the highest echelons of military and political power.
Colin Powell is an American success story we rarely get to experience. He died from complications from Covid-19. He was 84 and had been vaccinated. Sources noted that Powell had multiple myeloma – a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body’s immune response. His interviews and quotes help us understand the mind and motivation behind this amazing leader who dedicated his life to service.