The funeral for Colin L. Powell, former secretary of state, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees and nationwide safety adviser, introduced out a Washington that hardly exists anymore: Republicans and Democrats, together with President Biden and two of his predecessors, uniformed navy and diplomats, and folks on all sides of the Iraq struggle.
Nobody would have been extra amused by the assemblage than Mr. Powell himself, who usually ran a smiling, half-whispered commentary on town’s short-term loyalties and back-room machinations. But on Friday, the Washington Nationwide Cathedral was stuffed with all of them — former officers who had been at Mr. Powell’s aspect within the Persian Gulf Struggle and on the seventh ground of the State Division, the place he usually waged a behind-the-scenes battle for affect within the George W. Bush White Home.
Mr. Biden didn’t converse, nor did the 2 former presidents who attended, Barack Obama and Mr. Bush, who made Mr. Powell his first secretary of state. As an alternative, among the many eulogists was a Democrat who had usually clashed with Mr. Powell over the final’s reluctance to commit American forces to battles when the final, seared by the expertise of his service in Vietnam, didn’t see a transparent, profitable consequence.
“He said I almost gave him an aneurysm,” the Democrat, Madeleine Ok. Albright, who served as secretary of state within the Clinton administration, informed the mourners, recalling Mr. Powell’s response after she famously requested him, “What’s the point of having this superb military you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?”