A powerful and moving endorsement.
Powell, your stature may have been diminished in my eyes since you knowingly presented false and dubious intelligence to the U.N. Security Council and worked in the Bush Administration. But I’ve always felt you were more trying to be the bona fide good soldier, serving at the will of the president out of a sense of duty, which transcended many private disagreements. It is also hard to fault you too much for thinking you could do more on the inside than the outside, and trying, but losing, in all those pivotal fights against Cheney. You may not have been able to be too vocal in these fights, but you worked in other ways I am prepared to credit, including letting Wilkerson take the gloves off and catalogue some of these things.
It has been a difficult time no doubt. But you’ve made the right decision here, and your wise words will hopefully carry momentum for Obama into the White House as the next president.