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  •  I just wish the term coward was not directed (0+ / 0-)

    at the African American who was the only administration official who had the courage to come from 30 years of wearing the uniform. That kind of bothers me.

    •  He let us all down, tazz (2+ / 0-)
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      I think it's unfortunate when the word "coward" applies to anyone.

      The fact that he is African American has nothing to do with the disappointment and disgust people direct toward him. It has everything to do with the dishonorable way he conducted himself in the rush to war.

      He took a chance against his honor and America lost big. The negative backlash against him is justified.

      He let us all down, tazz.

      American Christians are becoming less of either

      by jayden on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 09:49:34 PM PDT

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    •  Sounds like race is your problem...... (1+ / 0-)
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      who cares if he is black or white or purple. He is a coward.

      Jeez it sounds like you had too much invested in Powell.

    •  I understand, but Powell's certainly not alone (0+ / 0-)

      His record of career first goes back at least as far as My Lai. However, if it makes any difference, I am more than happy to direct the word coward at several others who are not African-American, but who found the "courage" to speak out about Iraq only after the were safely retired.

      After Shinseki and McPeak paid the price for disagreeing with Rummy about the war, the others were either noticeably quiet or even, like Zinni, enthusiastic cheerleaders of the war until Rumsfeld couldn't reach them, then they managed to "revolt," as Time put it. Riggs, Henry, Schoomaker, Newbold, Eaton, even Batiste couldn't manage to find the moral courage to speak out then, although they now say they felt that way all along.

      I will add that, like Powell, Batiste has gone further than most of them in opposing the Iraq war now, even to the point of losing his cushy ABC gig for making ads for VoteVets. But I'm not at all certain that he would have done so if he had realize that might happen.

      Powell may have had a position of greater authority than some of them, or not. (As has become glaringly obvious of late, the only person in this administration, including shrub, with any real authority is The Dick.) But any of them could have had a tremendous impact on the public discourse had they chosen to do so.

      "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

      by carolita on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 09:23:50 AM PDT

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