Monday, October 20, 2008
A note to General Powell
General, you have left McCain when he needed you most.
I admired you for years. In fact, I was hoping that you would run for President in 2000. I had copies of your presentations you gave on leadership and passed them around to friends.
But I guess you didn't matter to the media in 2000, they didn't see you as a transitional candidate, they saw you as a moderate military type leader, and that was the end of that.
I was happy when Bush appointed you to be SecState, and admired your support for the war.
But then you fell off the scope. I can remember nothing you accomplished at State, and like many before you, you became overcome by the sheer inertia of that bloated failed organization. Despite that I hoped that Bush would name you his VP candidate in 2004.
And I always felt that you were an honest man and criticized Bush for his choice.
Unfortunately, I can no longer say that.
If you are as smart as I think you are, you know that Hussein is totally unqualified to be President. So that brings your motivation into question.
I have thought about that and have concluded.
1. You have suspended your good judgement and have endorsed him because he is black. Something you would have, once upon a time, flayed a military person for doing.
2. Or, you have suspended your good judgement and want back into the game and are angling for a job.
Both speak ill of you.
Your running away from McCain calls to mind something Shakespeare wrote about military men and honor.
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day."
--- Shakespeare's Henry V
You may have purchased a high place in Hussein's court. How history will judge your actions has not been written.