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Colin Powell

The US secretary of state dislikes military intervention because he has problems understanding the world

By Lawrence F Kaplan   February 2001

In his pentagon office, not far from a picture of a Serb gun emplacement (used to ward off civilians pressing for air strikes in Bosnia), General Colin Powell kept an epigram from Thucydides. “Of all manifestations of power,” it reads, “restraint impresses men most.” Let’s hope that Thucydides was right. Because Powell’s elevation to secretary of state means that we are going to hear a lot over the next four years about the virtues of restraint in US foreign policy. The word is already a mantra within Team Bush, the perfect antidote to Clinton’s “promiscuous” military activism. And Powell is…

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