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VOX POPULI: Remembering Colin Powell, a statesman of conscience

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A few years ago, I saw the U.S. drama film "Vice."

I remember a scene where Secretary of State Colin Powell, in the presence of President George W. Bush, is vilified by a fellow Cabinet secretary as a "chicken" and a "wimp."

Hearing of Powell's demise on Oct. 18, I reread his memoir and critical biography.

For preaching against a reckless invasion of Iraq, Powell was slighted by Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who were raring to go to war, and became isolated within the administration.

In his desperate bid to deter Bush from going ahead, Powell famously reminded him........

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