Monday, November 15, 2004

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.


Anonymous said...

Never in the history of our country have the words: "I serve at the pleasure of the president," been used so ironically.

Mr. Powell when he met with reporters in the State Department briefing room yesterday said neither he nor Mr. Bush suggested that he remain in the Cabinet longer. "It has always been my intention that I would serve one term," Mr. Powell said.

Of course Powell neglected to add, "It certainly would have been nice if the Bush Administration had allowed me to actually serve the country’s needs and not just their needs during that term…"

Anonymous said...

Powell was a chump. Bought and paid for by Carlucci and Co. He'll always be defined by his bogus UN presentation. Sad, but the way things are.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone else wondering if/when GW will announce his second term replacement for Tommy G. Thompson (the Secretary of Health and Human Services) with Dr. Kevorkian.

Kevorkian Asks for Commutation or Pardon

LANSING, Mich. (Nov. 8) - An attorney for Jack Kevorkian asked the state parole board Monday to recommend that the assisted suicide advocate be released from prison for health reasons.