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Approaching the deal in this circuitous way allowed McFarlane to maintain he was not doing anything illegal. After the NSC staff inquired about the TOW missiles, it approached Powell for information about HAWK antiaircraft missiles. Meanwhile, McFarlane arranged to ship more TOW missiles to Iran. A second delivery was made on September 14. Both Powell and Weinberger, along with Secretary of State George Shultz, opposed the arms deal as soon as they uncovered what the NSC staff was up to. But they were unable to stop it.
His comment did little good. C. Powell may have displayed an initial lack of enthusiasm for the position, but he certainly labored hard at it. He arrived at the Pentagon every morning by 6:30 and returned home 49 50 COLIN POWELL Powell served as senior military advisor to Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger from 1983 to 1986. Powell, Weinberger said, “is one of the very best persons I have ever worked with in any of the positions I’ve had. ” after 7:00 each evening. As easygoing as he was tactful, he became indispensable to Weinberger.
During his tenure as commander of the Second Brigade, Powell once again showed himself to be a hard-driving, energetic leader. But when the opportunity arose, he revealed another side of his character. A battalion commander in The Corridor of Power Powell’s unit, Lieutenant Colonel Vic Michael, hurt his back after he slipped and fell while getting out of a helicopter. Michael tried to shrug off the injury, but Powell sent him to a doctor. The physician found that spinal surgery was needed to repair the injury.