Powell EXCLUSIVE: ‘Decisive Force’ and ‘Comprehensive Total Attack’ Needed for Oil Spill Response

By Katie Cline

May 30, 2010 10:45am

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told me the federal government’s response to the oil spill “has to move quickly and move in with – to use my favorite expression – decisive force to demonstrate that it’s doing everything that it can.” 


In my exclusive “This Week” interview, the retired General and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said that though the President has been monitoring the spill from the start, “that impression was not conveyed to the American people, and the comprehensive speech he gave the other day, I think he would have been better served and the nation would have been better served if he’d given it a few weeks earlier.”


Powell wouldn’t say whether the military should take over the operation, but added, “whether it’s Army, Coast Guard, local forces, it is time for a comprehensive, total attack on this problem, to protect the shoreline, to protect the livestock, to protect the wetlands, but most of all to give the people in that part of our country a sense of hope that this is going to be solved.”

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