Because freedom can't protect itself
Do you trust this man Colin Powell?
The last Ten years have proved there is no integrity in the Bush administration.
To come out with this reteric is a bit rich and far to late to have any credibility..
I believe General Powell did more than anyone else in the administration to try to provide a voice of reason to a completely incompetent President surrounded by morally deficient hacks like Cheney and Rumsfeld who preached victory at any cost, without even having any idea what would constitute "victory". Still, Powell had a responsibility to do more. By remaining publicly silent for so long, he abdicated the responsibility he owed to his country by mistakenly placing his loyalties in a President.
That was not the oath he took. He pledged to protect and defend the Constitution, and he failed to do so. The courage he showed by voicing his opposition to Guantanamo, military commissions, and torture when Alberto Gonzales, Cheney, and Rumsfeld were all laughing at him was admirable. I have read all the reports and e-mails that were sent back and forth when the decisions were first being made, and he did raise strong objections. He also resigned after Bush's first term, obviously in objection to the injustices he saw happening. It's also admirable that he is speaking out now, even though not with as strong a passion as I would like to hear from someone who obviously knows how wrong the President's policies are.
But this is a man who knows what loyalty means. He is not a bumbling fool who knows nothing of history. He knows how dangerous unchecked power can be, especially in the hands of those who would acknowledge no boundaries of law or human decency. And I truly believe that he knows he has let the country that he loves down. He wants to make up for it, but he doesn't know how.
That's because nothing he did before, no matter how brave, and nothing he can do now,that will ever make up for the damage that he allowed to be done - on his watch.
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