State of the Powells

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Colin's leaving, Michael's staying.

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  1. Good point, Jesse.

  2. The one that should stay is leaving and the one that is staying should leave.

  3. Now, if there truly were a liberal media bias, wouldn’t the liberal media have agitated a cloud of question around the broad signals (mentioned but not discussed in the link) that Colin Powell was planning to leave? He was the most popular member of the cabinet among most centrists, and I was doing my best to agitate for the meme “Powell to Bush: Fuck you and the neocon asshole train you rode in on; you burned my reputation, my military doctrine, and my army” among my aquaintances. A Powell resignation or a murky enough cloud of doubt in the week before the election could have been a turning factor. Clearly, this should have been obvious to a biased liberal media since I anticipated it by myself months ago, about the time Armitage and Feist were holding the open proxy fight between Powell and Rumsfeld.

  4. More like: “One asshat down, one to go.”
    Colin’s a big boy, and yes he got screwed, but he did aid and abet the deception. Good riddance, I say.

  5. “Ohhhhhhhh the deceeeeeepttttttion” shut up you lost good bye.

  6. “The one that should stay is leaving and the one that is staying should leave.”

    Methinks they’re both mediocrities with a tendency to demonstrate nauseating levels of obsequiousness to those whom they need to curry favor with at a given moment. But I think it might be better if Michael hangs around until the voice-over-IP controversy is effectively resolved. VoIP is the one thing that might rescue the telecom industry from its current malaise, and on this matter at least, the junior Powell has taken the right approach to dealing with regulatory busybodies and the lethargic, fear-obsessed monopolies who revel in manipulating them.

  7. Dave Potts,

    For all we know, Powell may have been decieved just like the rest of us. Maybe that’s why he’s leaving.

    Adam,

    Powell went in front of the UN and showed the world phony photographs of non-existent mobile WMD labs. What does that fact have to do with winning or losing?

  8. Ken,

    You must not have heard, Bush’s 51% majority means that it’s acceptable for the government to lie to us.

    But only when there’s a war they really, really want to start.

  9. The good news about Powells departure from State is that perhaps he will feel free to write about the pack of lies that were foisted on him by the neocons in the Pentagon and that he repeated in his speech at the UN in the press for war. There were reports of his reticence to repeat those falsehoods, prior to the UN speech.

    The bad news with his resignation is that it might make way for a neocon consolidation of power at the State Dept., clearing the way for a long term stay of our troops in Iraq and US attacks on Iran and Syria, consistent with long held neocon desires, just as the attack on Iraq was.

  10. “The good news about Powells departure from State is that perhaps he will feel free to write about the pack of lies that were foisted on him by the neocons in the Pentagon and that he repeated in his speech at the UN in the press for war.”

    I wouldn’t count on it. Powell strikes me as being the “good soldier” type who would never rat out his commanders, even after retirement. Plus, right or wrong, no one respects a traitor, no matter which side he switches.

  11. Powell strikes me as being the “good soldier” type who would never rat out his commanders, even after retirement.

    Good Soldier Powell, meet political aspirations Powell.

  12. From a longtime conservative, I must say I am concerned. I was fully in favor of a second term for the Bush administration, however more because of policy than personell. I was, none the less, a big fan of Powell. I believe him to be a man of integrity. His leaving poses real moral questions for me with the current administration. To Ashcroft, I have to say good bye with a smile on my face, but Powell…… I think this does not speak well for those remaining who are to continue running our country for the next four years. Whether conservative or liberal we must all agree that we want people of good character in positions of power. If Powell is truly one of these, and I believe he is, then his resignation can only mean that he questions those around him and makes me do the same.

  13. Okay Adam,
    I’m obviously a whining democrat because I think that the administration was deceptive. Your logic astounds me. My side didn’t “lose” as you so eloquently pointed out in your astute comment. My “side” only loses when it becomes impossible to hold a healthily skeptical and disdainful view of big government power and it’s leaders.

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