Colin Powell came to New York yesterday to announce a $1 million gift to his alma mater to jumpstart a policy center at City College that he helped found nine years ago. In addition to the gift, the center announced an expanded advisory council that includes such figures as James Baker; Tom Brokaw; Harold Evans; Richard Haass; Vernon Jordan; Henry Kissinger; Elie Wiesel; and Fareed Zakaria. It remains to be seen how aggressively the center will expand, but for CUNY this represents an extraordinary potential advancement.
At the press conference announcing the gift and advisory council, Powell made it quite clear that he supports the military critics of Donald Rumsfeld. He declined to comment on their demand that Rumsfeld resign, but pointedly said that they"have contributed to the public debate" with their remarks.