Monday, November 15, 2004

Colinectomy

So Secretary of State Colin Powell is leaving his post. So are three others – Spencer Abraham at Energy, Rod Paige at Education, and Ann Veneman at Agriculture, but big whoop; Abraham got his job because he lost his Senate seat, Paige thinks the teachers’ union is a terrorist organization, and I can’t think of a single thing Veneman has done in her tenure except encourage clear-cutting in the national forests.

So, who’s the money on to replace Powell? Condi? Wolfi? Teddy the Wonder Lizard? Whoever it is, they have a hell of a mess to clean up, thanks to the feckless treatment of Secretary Powell by Rumsfeld and the rest of the neocon chickenhawks.

It’s too bad that this man of dignity, grace, and good humor couldn’t be more than just the window dressing on America’s foreign policy. And it’s too bad that Bush didn’t listen to him when he said, “If you invade Iraq, you’ll own it.” I guess Bush thought he meant he’d own it in the same way he owned the Texas Rangers and that he’d run it the same way – into the ground – and then have someone bail him out.

Update: Along with the Faithful Correpsondent’s dissent on Sec. Powell’s service, there is this article by Michael Steinberger from The American Prospect last April. “Yes, the hard-liners have outflanked and humiliated Colin Powell. But don’t feel sorry for him. He has no one to blame but himself.”