Republican Colin Powell called Benghazi a “stupid witch hunt” and his successor as Secretary of State Condi Rice agreed with him, in a new email which leaked today, as reported by Buzzfeed:
“Benghazi is a stupid witch hunt. Basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador who thoughts Libyans now love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place,” Powell wrote in a December 2015 email exchange with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who died in the 2012 incident.
“Completely agree,” Rice responds, adding, “Let me know when you’re in town and we’ll have that glass of wine (or two).”
House Republicans have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on seven successive investigations seeking to demonize Hillary Clinton for the tragic loss of four Americans in Libya. Colin Powell has heretofore resisted making this kind of candid statement in public, but it should come as no surprise to anyone who believes that he was promoted to oversee all of America’s armed forces because of his sound logic and meritorious service.
The Republican Powell also called Trump an “international pariah” and a “national disgrace” and showing the recency of the hack, told a colleague on August 21st:
“Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Powell wrote. “That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim.”
Colin Powell’s emails were hacked and then leaked by a shady group called DCleaks.com which reportedly could have Russian ties, according to the Rupert Murdoch owned Wall Street Journal. At any rate, the former Republican Secretary of State has already confirmed their authenticity, so regardless of the source, we know it is a factual report. As Powell told BuzzFeed News in their original reporting, “I have no further comment. I’m not denying it.”
These candid conversations by the last two Republicans to serve our country as Secretary of State only serve to confirm Hillary Clinton’s deplorable treatment by GOP Congressmen in seizing on a foreign relations tragedy as the reason to endlessly investigate the Democrat whom all knew would run to become President of the United States this year. They also confirm that even Republicans know what the rest of the world has said about Donald Trump’s birther movement – that it was a racist band of angry white people who wanted to harass President Obama for being black, and when that failed, they turned to seeking religious tests in America for people of Muslim faith.
Luckily, the truth came out today, instead of after the election.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and an unpaid senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition.