Claim: Colin Powell made a clever quip to an Iraqi reporter about Americans' inability to find Iraq on a map.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
The Secretary of State, the Honorable Colin Powell, during a recent trip to the UN in New York was approached by an Iraqi news reporter, who asked: "Is it true that only
The Secretary turned to the reporter with a smile and said: "Yes, that's true. But the sad news for Iraq is that the
Origins: Some jokes just seem to be better or funnier or more effective if they're told as "true stories" (our humor section is chock full of examples of jokes that crossed the line into the realm of urban legendry when they were recast as "this actually happened" tales), and this item, apparently, is one of
General Colin Powell served with distinction in the
(the principal military adviser to the President, Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council) during the Gulf War, and currently holds the cabinet position of Secretary of State in the Bush administration. In his capacity as Secretary of State, of course, Colin Powell is directly involved in administering
In November 2002,
Since searches of major news databases turned up no reports of Powell's offering such a quote, and the item cited above didn't begin making the rounds of the Internet until after the appearance of the referenced "Doonesbury" strip, the evidence points to the comic strip's inspiring the quote/joke rather than the other way around.
Last updated: 25 September 2007