BLITZER’S BLOG: 'No love lost' between Cheney and Powell
August 29th, 2011
03:42 PM ET
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BLITZER’S BLOG: 'No love lost' between Cheney and Powell

(CNN) – In May 1990, CNN asked me to serve as its Pentagon correspondent. I was expecting a relatively slow news story since the Cold War was winding down. I thought I would spend most of my time covering base closings and new weapons systems. That was not to be because Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait that August.

It was during the six months of Operation Desert Shield and the six weeks of Operation Desert Storm that I really got to know the then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and the then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell. They were the leaders of the U.S. military. They became the chief spokesmen for the war buildup and then for the war itself.

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  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Yeah, so what? Dick Cheney is more conservative than Colin Powell. This is big news?

    BTW I wonder what Colin Powell thinks about Obama's illegal Libyan war?

    August 29, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Ed Texas

    Former Pres Chaney is a total disgrace to public serive. His only concern right now is to sell books andmake more money. The man lied about wepons of mass destruction, wire taps on Americans and his involvement with Halliburton during the Bush adminstration. Almost 60% of the National Debt is the result of the Bush tax cuts, two unfunded wars, and the prescription drub unfunded benefit during which Chaney said there was nothing wrong with running up the debt.

    August 29, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    @Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Yeah, so what? Dick Cheney is more conservative than Colin Powell. This is big news?

    BTW I wonder what Colin Powell thinks about Obama's illegal Libyan war?
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    Probably the same as Bush/Cheney's illegal war in Iraq, based on falsified evidence Powell was obligated to present. At least Powell's duty is to the nation, and not to himself, and at least there were no lies presented by Obama to justify supporting the actions of NATO and the Arab League, soemthing that was notably absent in Iraq. ItThe concept of public seervice is one most conservatives seem to have forgotten in their zeal to follow Ayn Rand's dictums regarding self interest vs public good, with self-interest winning every single time.

    August 29, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Repub class warfare has destroyed the middle class, the economy, and our standing in the world

    Cheney is a war criminal who should be serving his time at Gitmo. He was one of the main characters in the republican culture of corruption.

    August 29, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    Of course they didn't get along! Colin Powell, as a career Army officer, understands the concept of honor. Cheney only understands power. Does Cheney's book mention the Plame scandal?

    August 29, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. nvmsw

    Colin Powell has got a good excuse to endorse the Messiah for 2012 election. Now he will say, "Dick Cheney has taken the party to far right." Couple of years ago he was blaming Palin saying she has taken the party to far to the right. Will someone please tell General Powell that he is the one who has gone to the left and his favorite Manchild President is by far the most Liberal President in U.S. history. Please Mr. Powell get a job at MSNBC so you can trash Republicans 24/7. I urge to the Republican party to ignore Powell from now on. There is absolutely no need to have people like Powell in the party. He agrees with everything that Obama has done so far to this country. I am just waiting for him to start blaming Bush (just like his Boy does) for everything.

    August 29, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |