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WATCH: Colin Powell’s legacy as a national security trailblazer


Colin Powell, a decorated four-star general who became the first Black secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was best known as a charismatic diplomat and fair leader who was respected by Republicans and Democrats alike. But his legacy also includes citing faulty evidence that Saddam Hussein had secretly stashed away weapons of mass destruction, which would become part of the justification of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. To reflect on this complicated history and legacy, PBS NewsHour digital correspondent Nicole Ellis spoke with PBS NewsHour Foreign Affairs and Defense Correspondent Nick Schifrin.

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