In the wake of the UN Family Planning debacle, Colin Powell’s credibility appears shredded. Should he continue his ineffectual attempts at counterbalancing the neoconservative wing, or should he resign?
If the rift between the President and the SoS were really as serious as the above article claims, something would have happened already. The fact that it hasn’t makes me believe more and more that these apparent differences are all just arcane strategizing.
Powell’s job is to be a smooth, velvet-gloved moderate and thus deflect incoming foriegn policy crap from the President. This is precisely what he does. If Gore had chosen him for the same position, he’d be the administration’s hawk instead.
SoS is a thankless job at its best, like most Cabinet positions.
Ah yes, but don’t argue with people who buy ink by the truckload of barrels.
Colin Powell is really in the way of the Bush foreign policy, and should be fired. He clearly is not conservative enough for the Bush team, and he is always undermining their efforts. Like the family planning thing. Of course the administration is against abortions in this country and outside, and everybody knows it. So what does Powell go and do? Support abortion. Uh-uh. This happens on a weekly basis. He is supposed to use his international political respect capital for the goals of our elected leaders, not the other way around. Playing good cop is attempting to take Bush’s capital.