June 07, 2003
Go The Distance
There was talk (wishful thinking, most likely) at the time of the Brown and Kiesling resignations that Colin "This is bullshit" Powell -- representing the "moderate" or "honorable" wing of the Bush Administration -- ought to do the same. Powell quickly put the kibosh on the rumours, and that was that.
But since the public now knows that Powell was well aware that the "evidence" that he was tasked to demonstrate before the United Nations in February was "bullshit", one can't help wonder whether he might be reconsidering? If he gets out now, while the gettin's still good, he may, by positioning himself as an honest man pressured into a life of deceit, greatly enhance his political future while bringing down an Administration one can only presume he's mightily uncomfortable serving under.
On the other hand, maybe he would be perceived as a back-stabbing Uncle Tom. But even that would be no worse than his likely fate if he decides to go down with the ship: he'd undoubtedly be marked for life as an accomplice to one of the uglier conspiratorial plots in U.S. history (or, worse yet, he and Condi Rice might be sacrificed on Jayson Blair's altar when Dick Cheney goes looking for scapegoats).
Ah, nothin' like idle speculation on a Saturday afternoon...
Posted by Eddie Tews at June 7, 2003 08:32 PM