MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Before announcing his resignation today, Secretary of State Colin Powell carried out one last mission for a president who didn't deserve it. In the last few months of the campaign, the long-irrelevant Powell, whose prescient warnings about Iraq were ignored every step of the way, raised his profile, and even made it sound like he would serve well into a second term. As the Phoenix editorialized in September:
It had been a long time since we'd seen much of Powell, but it makes sense. Powell may be the president's greatest political asset. And that's what this is all about: election-year politics, nothing more.
Now the election's over, and Powell is gone, which should surprise no one. If you voted for Bush because you thought he was finally going to start listening to the sanest of his advisers, guess what? You were taken again.