Powell Blasts GOP's 'Dark Vein of Intolerance'
Former general says GOP needs to take a look at its relationship with minorities
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2013 12:33 PM CST
Gen. Colin Powell poses for a photo with his portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 in Washington, DC.   (Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

(Newser) – If you wanted to know Colin Powell's thoughts on just about anything, today was your day: Appearing on Meet the Press, the former secretary of state covered topics ranging from gun control to torture, but seemed to take particular issue with his own Republican party, saying that while he's still a member, "there's also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party" that "still sort of look(s) down on minorities." He zeroed in on Sarah Palin's reference to President Obama "shuckin' and jivin'," calling it "a racial-era slave term." "I think what the Republican Party needs to do now is take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed," he said. More highlights, as per Politico:

  • On cracking down on assault weapons: "I see no need for Bushmasters in the hands of an individual person who might be deranged. How much are we really giving up if we said that this kind of weapon should not be readily available to anybody who wants to buy one? Surely we should be able to find some meeting of the minds. Why can't we test everybody, or have everybody run through a screen to make sure that they're a responsible person before they're allowed to buy a weapon? Why can't we do a better job of registering things?"
  • On Chuck Hagel: "He's had a very, very distinguished public service record that he can stand on. I think he gets confirmed. I've read some of the responses that he's already put together, and I think he will make a very, very spirited defense of his position."
  • On torture: "We do not torture people. It is against American policy. You can always debate what torture is. I know what torture is." But "we can't be a nation that is lawless."
  • On Zero Dark Thirty's accuracy: "I really can't answer the question as to whether or not the movie's correct or what others have said are correct."
  • On birthers: "Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?"

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Jan 14, 2013 9:23 AM CST
The general's remarks actually mean that someone in the Republican party actual has a pair????As an African American this is what scares me about the republicans.No one wants to feel like they're hated by certain members of their own party just for not being white!!!The republicans need to wake up, but I don't see it happening any time soon!!!!!
Jan 14, 2013 8:32 AM CST
WHAT? --- Colon "shit for brains" Powell said what? --- The only reason he made General was they had to make some black guy one, and they didn't have any qualified to be one, so they picked one from a hat. --- "Shit for brains" Powell is so dumb, he thinks he's a Republican, but he voted for Obama and the Democrats, --- HOW DUMB IS HE? --- "Shit for brains" Powell actually thought some in the Bush administration, actually listened or followed any advice or orders he gave. --- "Shit for brains" Powell "still" thinks he's a Republican? -------- REALLY
Jan 14, 2013 8:01 AM CST
Oh, if only Powell had won the Presidency, instead of Georgy-Porgy W! Think of Powell's 9/11 response! How much smarter it would have been!