Colin Powell: Media Reaction ‘Hysterical’ About Russian Bounty

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: Former Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.) onstage at A Capitol Fourth concert at the U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, on July 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)

WASHINGTON (Newsmax) – The reports were overblown that Russia offered money to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said.

“What I know is that our military commanders on the ground did not think that it was as serious a problem as the newspapers were reporting and television was reporting,” Powell told MSNBC. “It got kind of out of control before we really had an understanding of what had happened. I’m not sure we fully understand now.”

Powell continued,”But [commander of U.S. Central Command] Gen. [Kenneth] McKenzie … he did not think this was of that level of importance to us. Remember, it’s not the intelligence community that’s going to go fight these guys, it’s the guys on the ground. It’s our troops. It’s our commanders who are going to go deal with this kind of a threat, using intelligence that was given to them by the intelligence community.

President Donald Trump denied The New York Times report claiming he received briefings on Russian bounties but ignored them.

“You see a lot of indicators,” Powell said. “Many of them are troubling, many of them you act on. But, in this case there just there wasn’t enough there. I sent the intelligence guys back to continue to dig on it, and I believe they’re continuing to dig right now, but I just didn’t see enough there to tell me that the circuit was closed in that regard.”

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11 COMMENTS

  1. It is embarrassing that you use Newsmax as a source. Newsmax is totally fake right wing propaganda and is certainly not news. If you continue to use them please change your name, as you are not reporting news.

      • CNN, CNBC,NYT WP,Miami Herald, LA Times, all report verifiable facts, which are checked by fact checkers and vetted by editors. Newsmax spews sewage that is made up by its so called reporters. Let’s not even get into the latest propaganda outlet OAN, and erstwhile Fox “News”.

  2. It’s about time this affirmative action proponent speaks some truth. I guess the Bush crime family didn’t shut him up in time. Military is military. There is some honor involved. It’s too bad Joe Biden was a terrible draft dodger with 6 deferments as his brothers were getting slaughtered on the battlefields of Vietnam.

    • Biden received student deferments like everyone else, with no special treatment, as his father didn’t rent an office to a podiatrist who made up a phony diagnosis for a boy who was kicked out of Kew Forest School for bullying. Biden had asthma, and was classified 1-Y because of it, just like my father, who was a working class guy just like Biden, not a rich boy like Trump.
      And are you saying that the general who led the very successful defeat of the Iraqis in the Gulf War was an affirmative action hire? Can you please mention the reason why you think so? Is this the place where bigotry goes to hide?

      • Mr. Powell has said on many occasions that he is for affirmative action. In other words if YOU are more qualified for a particular job, the company must give the job to a black person who is less qualified or competent.
        Being that Biden has such a severe case of asthma, it is too dangerous for him to become POTUS. If he has an attack during a critical time, at 3:00am, he may mistakenly hit that red button on his desk. This is no laughing matter. I know you extreme far-left kooks are always so so so concerned about a Republicans health, whether it be John McCain, Mit Romney, & Donald Trump. We can’t put the country thru the fear of a President with severe asthma losing it when we need him most.

    • Oh please, soldiers sent to Vietnam had no respect for the connected kids that got into the national guard. Guardsmen were guarding nothing and going home on weekends.

      In the meantime, you can’t serve with asthma. No one wants to carry a soldier through a hot rain forest because he had an asthma attack.

      • Agree. We can’t have a President who may collapse and become incapacitated because of his asthma. Nothing personal. We need a physical and mentally fit person to run this Country. The WHITE Basement Biden fails in both categories.

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