10.21.08 Raining on the Colin Powell Lovefest
Don’t get me wrong. I’m delighted Colin Powell finally had the guts to stand up in public and do the right thing (by endorsing Barack Obama). It’s just his repeated failure to do so in the past that weighs on my mind.
Powell, more than any other individual, could have prevented the war in Iraq or, once that opportunity had passed, could have assured that the aftermath of war was conducted with basic competence and without shredding the Geneva Convention. How? Merely by speaking out, using his enormous prestige and credibility to put spine into those who knew better and open the eyes of those who didn’t. (I believe that Powell himself did know better.)
Instead, Colin Powell chose loyalty to evil people over the good of our nation and the world. And I believe there is a special place in hell for those who see evil, know it is evil, have the capacity to stop it, and fail to do so.
Apart from the moral question, Powell was an utter failure as secretary of state: he presided over the greatest loss of power and prestige this nation has probably ever suffered. May that be his epitaph.
Perhaps Powell’s endorsement of Obama is his attempt to make amends. It is welcome. But it is a very, very small deed in comparison to the catastrophe he failed to do anything about.
©2008 Keith Berner
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