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Colin Powell Calls Media Coverage of Russia Bounties “Hysterical”

The retired Army General was also joined by current military higher-ups on downplaying the significance of the raw intelligence.


In the latest round of, "What can the media pin on Donald Trump," we have the Russia/Taliban bounty "scandal."

We have Schiff who possibly knew about the report for months, who just now finds it outrageous. 

And we have every talking head on the planet covering the story around the clock. 

Then there's retired Army General, and former Secretary of State, Colin Powell who says the media is…"hysterical."

From our friends at Fox News:

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell indicated on Thursday that media figures overreacted to a recent report that Russian officials placed bounties on the lives of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

"What I know is that our military commanders on the ground did not think that it was as serious a problem as the newspapers were reporting and television was reporting," Powell told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "It got kind of out of control before we really had an understanding of what had happened. I’m not sure we fully understand now."

Powell added that Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command "did not think this was of that level of importance to us.

"Remember, it’s not the intelligence community that’s going to go fight these guys, it’s the guys on the ground. It’s our troops. It’s our commanders who are going to go deal with this kind of a threat, using intelligence that was given to them by the intelligence community.

"But that has to be analyzed," Powell went on. "It has to be attested. And then you have to go find out who the enemy is. And I think we were on top of that one, but it just got — it got almost hysterical in the first few days."



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