Former Powell aide: GOP 'full of racists'

Former Powell aide: GOP 'full of racists'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Lawrence Wilkerson, a Republican who was chief of staff under former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, says the GOP is "full of racists."

Cheney: War criminal claim 'cheap shot'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney dismissed as a "cheap shot" Sunday a claim that he is worried about being tried as a war criminal.
Aide: Dick Cheney fears arrest for war crimes

Aide: Dick Cheney fears arrest for war crimes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A former aide to one-time U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says former Vice President Dick Cheney fears he will be tried as a war criminal.
Powell aide: Bush knew Gitmo held innocent

Powell aide: Bush knew Gitmo held innocent

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- U.S. President George W. Bush and his top aides knew many Guantanamo detainees were innocent, an aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell says.

Powell to denounce Obama attacks

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is widely expected Sunday to denounce the personal attacks against Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Witness: Cheney probably knew of torture

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- A former U.S. military official says U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney may have known military personnel were using torture techniques on Iraqi detainees.

Wilkerson says Cheney hijacked U.S. policy

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Former senior U.S. State Department official, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, says Vice President Dick Cheney has dominated U.S. foreign policy with bad results.

Powell aide regrets U.N. speech

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A former top aide to Colin Powell says he regrets his involvement Powell's presentation to the United Nations on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
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Lawrence B. "Larry" Wilkerson (15 June 1945 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson has criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell's presentation to the UN.

After three years of studying philosophy and English literature at Bucknell University, Wilkerson dropped out in 1966 and volunteered to serve in the Vietnam War. He told the Washington Post: "I felt an obligation because my dad had fought, and I thought that was kind of your duty."

Wilkerson arrived as an Army officer piloting an OH-6A Cayuse observation helicopter and logged about 1100 combat hours over a year. He flew low and slow through Vietnam, and was involved in one incident in which he says he prevented a war crime by purposely placing his helicopter between a position that was full of civilians, and another helicopter that wanted to launch an attack on the position. He also had many vocal disagreements with his superiors and his own gunner crew over free-fire zones, including an incident in which one of his crew shot a wagon that wound up having a little girl inside of it.. He went on to Airborne School and Ranger School before receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and graduate degrees in international relations and national security. He attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and later returned there to teach. He later served as deputy director of the Marine Corps War College at Quantico.

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