A reluctant warrior? An examination of Gen. Colin Powell’s bloody legacy from Iraq to Latin America

We look at the life and legacy of Colin Powell, who is best known for giving false testimony to the U.N. Security Council in 2003 about nonexistent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, paving the way for the U.S. invasion and occupation that would kill over 1 million Iraqis. Powell, who was the first Black secretary of state, the first Black and youngest chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first Black national security adviser, died on Monday due to blood cancer and Parkinson’s disease that left him vulnerable to infection from COVID-19. Tributes poured in from top U.S.

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The Biden Administration’s Sanctions Review Is a Joke

Then–presidential candidate Joe Biden displayed on a television screen at a restaurant in Caracas, Venezuela, on November 4, 2020, amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Cristian Hernandez / AFP / Getty)

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Common Sense About America’s Appeal

Here’s a suggestion for thought: Constantly, nonstop, on the social media (really should be called the “anti-social media”) there are endless stories about how famous geniuses like Al Sharpton and Hillary Clinton have accused the United States of America of being a racist, fascistic, white skinned privilege super state.
We see this supposedly in the alleged police butchery of blacks, in the drastically different standards of living of blacks, “Anglos,” Asians, and Hispanics, and in the wildly different levels of academic achievement of different races.

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Ivy League professor, enjoying the bounties of capitalism, tweets wearyingly about how awful it is

I had never heard of Professor Anthony Zenkus before last night when his Twitter account caught my attention.
“A new Harris poll found that 50% of American workers are thinking of quitting their jobs,” Zenkus tweeted . “I guess this capitalism thing isn’t really working out so well, is it now?”
In a second tweet , Zenkus wrote, “1 in 5 children living below federal poverty level in the richest country in the world is evidence that capitalism is a failure.

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With “Havana Syndrome,” Washington Is Repeating Colin Powell’s Worst Mistake

The passing of former Secretary of State Colin Powell has provided the occasion for reflection on the man’s most consequential act, which also happened to be his most shameful one: his February 2003 speech at the United Nations, in which he persuasively laid out an array of phony evidence that the Iraqis harbored a substantial cache of weapons of mass destruction, or WMDs, emphatically calling for war in response.

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Biden Continues Trump’s Devastating Sanctions

As President Biden took office in January, a complex lattice of U.S. sanctions hampered the ability of Iranians to get access to basic COVID treatments and supplies, like syringes, infusion pumps, and testing kits. Desperate doctors had been forced to plead with global audiences for relief.
While the full pandemic-era toll of U.S. sanctions is difficult to track, the Brookings Institution estimated that, between May and September of 2020, U.S. sanctions were responsible for an additional 13,000 deaths from COVID-19 in Iran alone. The full devastation is likely much greater, as U.S.

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Biden Continues Trump’s Devastating Sanctions

As President Biden took office in January, a complex lattice of U.S. sanctions hampered the ability of Iranians to get access to basic COVID treatments and supplies, like syringes, infusion pumps, and testing kits. Desperate doctors had been forced to plead with global audiences for relief.
While the full pandemic-era toll of U.S. sanctions is difficult to track, the Brookings Institution estimated that, between May and September of 2020, U.S. sanctions were responsible for an additional 13,000 deaths from COVID-19 in Iran alone. The full devastation is likely much greater, as U.S.

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Federal Regulators Greenlight Trading of Bitcoin-Linked Securities, Delighting Investors and Infuriating Cryptocurrency Critics

Federal regulators are allowing new bitcoin-tied securities onto the market, marking a major milestone for the cryptocurrency industry. On Tuesday, the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) started trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
The launch of this new fund—which will allow investors to purchase a package of bitcoin futures contracts—saw the price of the cryptocurrency rise 4 percent to a near all-time high of $64,000. Cryptocurrency news site Decrypt reports that five other Bitcoin ETFs have applications pending with the SEC.

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Jackie Calmes Wants You to Shut Your Mouth and Nod Your Head

Columnist Jackie Calmes has had a political epiphany at the Los Angeles Times. She woke up slightly disturbed, shook her head, got a little indignant, and sat down to write, possessed by some hidden Democratic strength. And that is how, suddenly, she realized something that had never occurred to anyone before: the easiest way for Democrats to stay in power forever is to eliminate Republicans. The good news is that, for the moment, the proposed elimination is only figurative, media-friendly. The bad news (for her) is that we conservatives are laughing our asses off at Calmes’ discovery.

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Leopoldo and His Purpose

Leopoldo López talks to the media at the residence of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas, Venezuela, May 2, 2019. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters)
A conversation with Leopoldo López, a leader of the Venezuelan opposition, a onetime political prisoner, and a fighting exile
Editor’s Note: The below is an expanded version of a piece that appears in the current issue of National Review.

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