Meeting the Man: Gen. Colin Powell at ASIS 2005

Powell shares to ASIS members a clear sense of America's mission in diplomacy


"I was thinking, 'I don't want to find a new enemy," recalls Powell. "I don't want to change my security system. Do you know how much I've invested in this security system?," he joked to the receptive audience.

His speech to ASIS hit upon these and many more world-changing points of his career, but when he had to wrap up his time and catch a plane, Powell gave an invective of sorts to the security industry.

"Governments are instituted to secure rights, not to give rights," he said. "And as long as we remain that open, generous society of a nation, the world will want to see an America that is protected."