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John Bolton has Mitt Romney's ear.
(Caricature by DonkeyHotey)
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who has been on a woe-is-me campaign for the past several years to burnish his tattered reputation and is now touting his book, gently criticized Mitt Romney's choice of foreign policy advisers on MSNBC's Morning Joe program Wednesday:
SCARBOROUGH: Are you concerned with the foreign-policy advisers that Mitt Romney surrounded himself with, that there aren't enough sergeants, and there aren't enough people with on the ground experience and that we seem to have yet another Republican candidate who is sort of top heavy when it comes to neoconservatives around him?

POWELL: I've noticed that. I don't know who all of his advisers are, but I've seen some of the names, and some of them are quite far to the right, and sometimes they, I think, might be in a position to make judgments or recommendations to the candidate that should get a second thought. For example, when governor Romney not too long ago said, you know, the Russian Federation is our number-one geostrategic threat. Well, c'mon Mitt, think. It isn't the case. And I don't know whether Mitt really feels that, or, whether it was …

BRZEZINSKI: Or whether someone told him to say it?

POWELL: I don't know, you ask him.

Powell himself could have done the nation a great service by giving second thought to the neoconservative crap pile of fabricated evidence he knew was a lie but presented anyway to the United Nations in February 2003 to garner support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. A fair chunk of Mitt Romney's roster of foreign policy advisers is far right, to be sure. But the more important description is that they have been so very far wrong.

Given Romney's unnuanced foreign policy views and his superhawk allegiance, Powell has a second chance to give the nation a genuine service by being more specific and serrated in his critiques. Sure, there's that brainless stuff in Romney's growing gaffe gallery. But the fact the GOP candidate seems to think Russia is the most important geostrategic threat to the United States (while some of the lesser lights among his advisers spew anachronistic dog-whistles about the "Soviets") is hardly the worst problem in his views.  

Romney has not sought advice from his party's old internationalist wing, much of it, like James Baker III, admittedly long in the tooth. Instead, he's relying most heavily on the very folks who lied us into two unnecessary and extended wars (and had more planned) and spurred an increase in Pentagon spending of 68 percent. Today they make no apologies for this. Indeed, each in his or her own way recommends doubling-down on the Bush Doctrine and labels previous advice a success.

At the beginning of May, Ari Berman wrote a fine piece for The Nation on the candidate's neoconservative advisers:

Romney is loath to mention Bush on the campaign trail, for obvious reasons, but today they sound like ideological soul mates on foreign policy. Listening to Romney, you’d never know that Bush left office bogged down by two unpopular wars that cost America dearly in blood and treasure. Of Romney’s forty identified foreign policy advisers, more than 70 percent worked for Bush. Many hail from the neoconservative wing of the party, were enthusiastic backers of the Iraq War and are proponents of a US or Israeli attack on Iran. Christopher Preble, a foreign policy expert at the Cato Institute, says, “Romney’s likely to be in the mold of George W. Bush when it comes to foreign policy if he were elected.” On some key issues, like Iran, Romney and his team are to the right of Bush. Romney’s embrace of the neoconservative cause—even if done cynically to woo the right—could turn into a policy nightmare if he becomes president.
While there are disagreements among his foreign policy advisers, Romney's public statements reflect the views of the so-called "Bolton faction" more than any other. That's John Bolton, a key Bush era neoconservative, pugnaciously hawkish even by superhawk standards, even though he's not one of the original signers of the mission statement of the neoconservative Project for a New American Century.

But nine of Romney's advisers did sign that statement and/or one of PNAC's several public policy letters. They are Paula Dobriansky, Vin Weber, Daniel Senor, Eliot Cohen, Eric Edelman, John Lehman, Donald Kagan, Robert Kagan and Aaron Friedberg. Their record for getting things wrong and for couching their philosophy in the boilerplate of democracy while never shying away from the term "imperialism" gives us a pretty good idea of where they would take things given the opportunity.

How much influence they would have were Romney somehow to win the November election, or whether any of them, say Bolton, might wind up with a key administrative post can only be speculated upon. But for the moment at least, they clearly have Romney's ear, giving him more of the advice that has cost so many lives—American and others'—and so much money. If Powell would now show some of the courage he lacked in 2003, he could give voters a glimpse of what this crew is really about.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Thu May 24, 2012 at 09:38 AM PDT.

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  •  But he won't (15+ / 0-)

    Powell misses every opportunity to do so. Is he afraid that the moustache will savage him? If he wants redemption he has to do way better than this. Or else just shut up!

    In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

    by vcmvo2 on Thu May 24, 2012 at 09:46:55 AM PDT

    •  Powell and courage were always a null set (9+ / 0-)

      My mother taught me about leopards and their spots when I was a kid.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Thu May 24, 2012 at 10:14:37 AM PDT

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    •  a few points about Colin Powell (1+ / 0-)
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      Predictably, the first reaction to Colin Powell saying anything good is to say he should "shut up!" Or to suggest that he could only ever redeem himself if he were to upload the Jeff Gannon tapes to his YouTube channel. What the flippety fuck?

      The thing one needs to focus on is that Colin Powell actually knows what he's talking about here. None of us thinks he's been backed into a corner by a treacherous syndicate and forced to say these things. We all know what a clusterfuck the neocons turned out to be. We all know that Colin Powell knows that wretchedly more than we do.

      So when Colin Powell says that that same clusterfuck is forming around Romney we shouldn't be telling him to shut up. I'd much rather that even more people learn about this, thank you.

      Next up: Russia

      We all know how stupid it was for Romney to say that. And, as above, we can agree that Colin Powell knows this in spades. The Cold War is over and yada yada. Russia and the US are at peace.

      Except it isn't so simple. Relations with Russia are not particularly good right now. And Putin is back, of course. So Romney telegraphing that he's ready to re-start the Cold War shows how fucking nuts he and his advisers really are.

      I'd really prefer that the focus remain where it's most useful to the campaign. Like making it a focus of efforts to swing people to the Dems. Maybe even ~gosh~ encouraging Powell to speak up more.

      Every time either some perceived transgressor or an out-and-out Republican shill says something that benefits us the knee-jerk slapdowns commence, obliterating the message in a circle jerk of indignant reproach.

      All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

      by subtropolis on Thu May 24, 2012 at 10:08:02 PM PDT

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  •  That is what is most disturbing about (10+ / 0-)

    Romney having no real values, center, or core other than making money is good.  When the generals and armchair imperialists tell him to bomb, bomb, bomb and invade and conquer, he will.  A man or woman with no center or subtlety in worldview won't push back or put anyone in the room who will push back.  It'll be an echo chamber of far Right might makes right.

    "The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends." -Julian Assange

    by Pierro Sraffa on Thu May 24, 2012 at 09:47:02 AM PDT

    •  Norquist.....He's a hand and five fingers. (5+ / 0-)
    •  ...and that's what's most disturbing about Powell. (15+ / 0-)

      No real values, center or core other than following orders and keeping the boat from rocking.

      Jesus H, the invasion of Iraq, on top of being a violation of the Geneva Conventions' proscription against wars of aggression, was also a direct and blatant violation of the freakin Powell doctrine.  What a putz.

      As to MB's last sentence in this diary,

      If Powell would now show some of the courage he lacked in 2003, he could give voters a glimpse of what this crew is really about.
      that ain't goona happen because he's a coward at heart, still afraid to rock the boat (more than a little nudge like a child would give to an inner tube in a swimming pool) and, more consequentially, afraid to admit he fucked up so royally and egregiously.   Because to call these political psychopaths known as neocons to account now would only beg the question (and it would be asked, believe me, in any subsequent program like Morning Joe or MTP):
      "So General Powell, why are you only now leveling these strong criticisms at your former colleagues, and what does that say about your judgement and courage back when you had a chance to actually slow them down or stop them?"

      "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

      by nailbender on Thu May 24, 2012 at 10:38:15 AM PDT

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      •  Powell's cowardice goes all the way back to (9+ / 0-)

        his support of the '"drain the sea" strategy and fighting in the A Shau Valley.  Then to My Lai and his continued (and to this day) defense of how he handled Tom Glen's letter.

        Powell is a POS.

        "The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends." -Julian Assange

        by Pierro Sraffa on Thu May 24, 2012 at 10:46:51 AM PDT

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        •  Here's Powell: (11+ / 0-)
          "I recall a phrase we used in the field, MAM, for military-age male," Powell wrote. "If a helo spotted a peasant in black pajamas who looked remotely suspicious, a possible MAM, the pilot would circle and fire in front of him. If he moved, his movement was judged evidence of hostile intent, and the next burst was not in front, but at him. Brutal? Maybe so. But an able battalion commander with whom I had served at Gelnhausen (West Germany), Lt. Col. Walter Pritchard, was killed by enemy sniper fire while observing MAMs from a helicopter. And Pritchard was only one of many. The kill-or-be-killed nature of combat tends to dull fine perceptions of right and wrong."
          What he is describing here is the shooting of unarmed civilians, which is a war crime.

          "The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends." -Julian Assange

          by Pierro Sraffa on Thu May 24, 2012 at 10:49:55 AM PDT

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        •  You mention the A Shau Valley (1+ / 0-)
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          I recall reading the book about his growing up years and time in the military.

          An incident comes to mind in which he was ordered to destroy the crops and burn the houses of the Van Kieu (indigenous) people who lived there.

          If I remember correctly he thought it was wrong but did it anyway because he was ordered to do so. I think he was a company commander at that time, a rank of captain.

          On the other hand, in the military it's not easy to buck the chain of command and could well affect future chances for advancement.

          I think he is a decent human being but this example seems to have been a pattern of his life in public service, a weakness with regard to following orders from above, which in his heart, he did not agree with.

          “Humankind can not bear very much reality.” - T.S. Eliot

          by truong son traveler on Thu May 24, 2012 at 09:04:01 PM PDT

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  •  The Appropriately Named Colon Powell (5+ / 0-)

    After his speech to the UN Jackie Treehorn draws more water on foreign policy than Mr. Mai Lai whitewash.

    Why should we even pay attention to what Powell says about anything?

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Thu May 24, 2012 at 09:47:23 AM PDT

    •  Yeah, I was wondering why this guys middle name (2+ / 0-)
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      maryabein, Churchill

      aka "Repeat-War-Criminal" was left out of the diary . .. .

    •  because he gets on TV (7+ / 0-)

      and says things that other people, who still might believe what he says, hear.   If there seems to be too much praise of Powell as a person in the diary,   that might be something to make a point on.

      But we aren't here to pretend we can't hear and see things happening in the real world.   Powell gets air time, he still has some weight with conservative/independent voters.  If he says Mitt has bad advisors and is saying things that are just wrong,  we should notice.   We don't have to praise him, but analyzing what affect that might have on the Republican constituency is fair game.

      This diary also concentrates a lot on the information of who it is that Romney is listening to, and it is not a good list.    Combine the two points and what we have is an opportunity to make Mitt Romney look and sound just plain stupid on foreign policy.  

      Defeating Mitt Romney is a goal I can get behind, even if it means using Colin Powell's words ridiculing him.

  •  Yet he has not endorsed Obama for re-election. (1+ / 0-)
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    I wonder why???

    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

    by HairyTrueMan on Thu May 24, 2012 at 09:50:12 AM PDT

  •  Call them Romney's 'inheritance' for attaining the (2+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA, Eric Nelson

    top spot. Jettisoning these throwbacks like repudiating Rush, Sean etal is impossible. So much for that 'pivot-to-the-middle' thingy.

  •  powell knows gentle does not do twit (10+ / 0-)

    he knows how dangerous the bush/cheney team with mitt is and he remains silent.

    my parents taught me that omission is just as much a lie.

    Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Thu May 24, 2012 at 09:52:25 AM PDT

  •  Always Colin Powel never Wesley Clark (10+ / 0-)

    I was wondering about that recently.

    . . . from Julie, Julia. "Oh, well. Boo-hoo. Now what?"

    by 88kathy on Thu May 24, 2012 at 09:52:56 AM PDT

    •  Because General Clark (6+ / 0-)

      spoke truth to power and ticked off a lot of military brass and politicians for speaking out against the war, at the get-go.  

      Powell failed our country, our soldiers who had to fight on the ground.  As far as I'm concerned, he should have been stripped of his medals and 4-stars.  

      I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

      by KayCeSF on Thu May 24, 2012 at 04:18:01 PM PDT

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  •  Walid Phares? (5+ / 0-)

    What, were Daniel Pipes and Pamela Geller busy?

    Powell should be calling this band of misfits the freakshow he knows them to be.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Thu May 24, 2012 at 09:53:37 AM PDT

  •  Perhaps one campaign slogan might be (14+ / 0-)

    You liked Bush? You liked the results - wars, failed economy, trillions in deficit? You are gonna LOVE romney!

    To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. -Joseph Chilton Pearce

    by glitterscale on Thu May 24, 2012 at 09:53:50 AM PDT

  •  Powell IS a moderate Rethug and as such his going (0+ / 0-)

    on The Sean Hannity Kiddie Hour and telling him to get fucked should be an example to other 'moderates'........(even I'm laughing at the sheer stupidity of this prospect).....never mind.

  •  I don't think he is getting elected (0+ / 0-)

    so his team is a team that will never be .

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Thu May 24, 2012 at 10:39:34 AM PDT

  •  Colin Powell has been one of my greatest (10+ / 0-)

    political and humanitarian disappointments.

    I never thought that he was a great man or a great statesman, but he did seem like a decent and reasonable guy even though he was a Republican.

    I will never forget watching his UN presentation and the mingled emotions of embarrassment, disgust, and anger.

    I can't even think about the whole unparalleled propaganda
    of that time without nauseous revulsion.  Not to mention how much has become standard operating procedure in all of our institutions today.

    99%er. 100% opposed to fundamentalist/neoconservative/neoliberal oligarchs.

    by blueoasis on Thu May 24, 2012 at 10:43:00 AM PDT

  •  actually, understatement sometimes works best (0+ / 0-)

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Thu May 24, 2012 at 11:14:08 AM PDT

  •  Warning: Potential CT comment here (0+ / 0-)

    Wonder if Russia is considered a major geopolitical threat (think Putin and his detractors) but the US Government intended to keep that possibility on the QT.

    Somehow (leaks perhaps) Mitt Romney got that information and accidentally revealed it.


    Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Thu May 24, 2012 at 03:38:43 PM PDT

    •  If it was true, it would be classified, and Mitt (0+ / 0-)

      wouldn't have access to such information.  If it was classified info and he had it and used it in his campaign, then there would be some people under investigation.

      Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right. I'm riding in the Tour de Cure. You can donate here.

      by darthstar on Thu May 24, 2012 at 04:12:43 PM PDT

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    •  nothing so hocus pocus (0+ / 0-)

      The fact is, the Cold War didn't just go away. And neither did many of those nukes. Russia currently isn't a huge threat but they remain the most serious contender to the US. So i think Colin Powell is offended less by Romney's ignorance of the threats of most concern to the US than by the impression that he and the twisted assholes around him would be willing to risk bringing back the delightful days of the Cold War in the pursuit of whatever sneering evil it is that they dream about at night.

      All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

      by subtropolis on Thu May 24, 2012 at 10:46:37 PM PDT

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  •  WMD (2+ / 0-)
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    Churchill, subtropolis
    Powell himself could have done the nation a great service by giving second thought to the neoconservative crap pile of fabricated evidence he knew was a lie but presented anyway to the United Nations in February 2003 to garner support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
    I think you often take it too far when you say what people “knew” or didn’t know.  Unless you’ve invented a machine that reads minds, you can’t say what Colin Powell knew.  You can say he had access to information that should have given him pause, but that’s about it.
    •  Powell Aided & Abetted Iraq War WMD Lie (3+ / 0-)

      80 % of success is showing up

      Corporate is not the solution to our problem

      Corporate is the problem

      by Churchill on Thu May 24, 2012 at 04:09:03 PM PDT

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    •  Powell lied by commission and omission.. (2+ / 0-)
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      OleHippieChick, Loozerio

      ...and the reason I don't need a mind-reading machine is because there are Powell's own words and the words in the memorandums he received from his own intelligence officers, including Greg Thielmann. As Jonathan Schwarz wrote four years ago:

      Powell was far more than just horribly mistaken: the evidence is conclusive that he fabricated evidence and ignored repeated warnings that what he was saying was false.

      Powell has told varying stories about what went on during White House discussions about Iraq and his role. They can't all be true because they directly contradict each other.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu May 24, 2012 at 04:44:41 PM PDT

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      •  The UN sticks in the craw (3+ / 0-)
        Powell's doubts over CIA intelligence on Iraq prompted him to set up secret review

        Specialists removed questionable evidence about weapons from draft of secretary of state's speech to UN

        Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington and Richard Norton-Taylor
        The Guardian, Monday 2 June 2003 03.45 EDT

        Fresh evidence emerged last night that Colin Powell, the US secretary of state, was so disturbed about questionable American intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction that he assembled a secret team to review the information he was given before he made a crucial speech to the UN security council on February 5.

        Mr Powell conducted a full-dress rehearsal of the speech on the eve of the session at his suite in the Waldorf Astoria, his New York base when he is on UN business, according to the authoritative US News and World Report.

        Much of the initial information for Mr Powell's speech to the UN was provided by the Pentagon, where Paul Wolfowitz, the US deputy defence secretary, set up a special unit, the Office of Special Plans, to counter the uncertainty of the CIA's intelligence on Iraq.

        Mr Powell's team removed dozens of pages of alleged evidence about Iraq's banned weapons and ties to terrorists from a draft of his speech, US News and World Report says today. At one point, he became so angry at the lack of adequate sourcing to intelligence claims that he declared: "I'm not reading this. This is bullshit," according to the magazine.

        The Guardian, Monday 2 June 2003

        dah dah dah
        AND THEN HE READ THE BULLSHIT and he held up the little vials.
        And Tenet sat behind him looking like the thug enforcer.
        I'll never get over that one. His name is Mudd.

        Mitt, you're so full of shitt.

        by OleHippieChick on Thu May 24, 2012 at 06:17:03 PM PDT

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        •  Early on didn't he say (1+ / 0-)
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          "I'm not going to read this sh*t!

          But he did.

          The decision to invade Iraq had already been made a year before, in June of 2002, long before this dog and pony show in 2003 at the UN.

          This was part of fixing the facts around the policy as per the Downing Street Memo, of selling the war to the public. The establishment media was a major conduit for the propaganda blitz.

          “Humankind can not bear very much reality.” - T.S. Eliot

          by truong son traveler on Thu May 24, 2012 at 09:20:57 PM PDT

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    •  Recidivist (1+ / 0-)
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      He was all the orchestrator of the cover-up of My Lai.  Iraq WAS his second chance, and he proved a repeat offender.  Anyone making excuses for him associates themselves not just the invasion of Iraq but also the My Lai massacre.

      The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

      by ActivistGuy on Thu May 24, 2012 at 04:59:18 PM PDT

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  •  Obama should tell Romney that foreign countries (4+ / 0-)
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    Churchill, Matt Z, cybersaur, Loozerio

    aren't helpless, defenseless, friendless teenage boys with long hair.  Talking tough makes for really stupid foreign policy.

    Tucker Carlson, who's a nobody. Used to work for us over here. We fired him cause he suck. - Charles Barkley

    by Corneliusmingus on Thu May 24, 2012 at 03:47:26 PM PDT

  •  Gee, Colin and Joe, did you have anyone in mind? (1+ / 0-)
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    Let's see, non-neoconservative Republican foreign policy advisors who aren't too old, and have experience on the ground.


    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Thu May 24, 2012 at 03:52:23 PM PDT

  •  Secretary Powell has no reputation left to burnish (4+ / 0-)

    80 % of success is showing up

    Corporate is not the solution to our problem

    Corporate is the problem

    by Churchill on Thu May 24, 2012 at 04:04:47 PM PDT

  •  And yet the media insists on keeping Romney (1+ / 0-)
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    close to Obama in the polls by giving him a pass on his bullshit ignorance.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right. I'm riding in the Tour de Cure. You can donate here.

    by darthstar on Thu May 24, 2012 at 04:07:39 PM PDT

  •  4,486 grieving families: where are the WMD? (3+ / 0-)

    80 % of success is showing up

    Corporate is not the solution to our problem

    Corporate is the problem

    by Churchill on Thu May 24, 2012 at 04:07:50 PM PDT

  •  Colin Powell, a lost opportunity (0+ / 0-)

    You know, I'm pretty liberal, but I really respect Colin Powell.

    There was a time, not all that long ago, that Colin Powell could have stepped up to run for President. He probably would have won.. and the Republicans would get the history check mark of the first black President. They chose W instead.

    What a loss.

    What would our country be like if we had Powell instead of W? How much better off would our country be today? He might have even saved the Republicans from the Tea Party. That alone would be a service to the country... in addition to his lifetime of service.

    I might not have always gotten my way with him, but I would have believed he was doing his very best to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" while he did it.

    If God is just, I tremble for my country. - Thomas Jefferson

    by MightyMoose on Thu May 24, 2012 at 04:19:10 PM PDT

  •  Algebra example. (0+ / 0-)

    Willard = Walker

    Willard - unnecessary letters = Walker - unnecessary letters.

    W = W


    Ugh. --UB.

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of East Somalia!"

    by unclebucky on Thu May 24, 2012 at 04:24:53 PM PDT

  •  I agree, MB... (2+ / 0-)
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    joedemocrat, OleHippieChick

    CP is capable of delivering a smack-down when he wants. What does he gain from this gentle approach? Mitt Romney is salivating at the chance to launch us into another war that, among other things, would endanger the global economy.

    And the best Powell can say is, 'c'mon, Mitt?'

  •  Romney will be the bain of every country on earth (0+ / 0-)

    if he is elected, which he won't be.

    Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Just A Real Nice Guy, thinking out loud.

    by arealniceguy on Thu May 24, 2012 at 04:33:17 PM PDT

  •  Powell is a punk (1+ / 0-)
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    And I mean that in the prison sense, not the DIY anarchy-loving thrash music fan sense. He just bit the pillow and did the bidding of people who were whispering crap to him that he SHOULD HAVE KNOWN was crap.

    Nobody's listening to him on either side, anyway.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Thu May 24, 2012 at 05:51:52 PM PDT

  •  The rich irony of all this to me (0+ / 0-)

    is that Romney could just make most of this go away by effectively ceding foreign policy to Obama. The Romney argument could be that Obama is just doing what the Bush administration put into place. Slight difference in emphasis perhaps but pretty similar. So why would Romney want to ditch what is basically a GOP foreign policy platform? He could win a lot of points by just saying that it is gratifying to see the President maintain continuity in US foreign policy in the continuation of the Bush doctrine, etc, etc. So he'd get 2 things out of this position. First, he takes foreign policy off the table and pushes economic disagreements front and center. Second, he puts the onus on Obama to explain how his policies are different from Bush's. It also would allow Romney to claim some of the foreign policy kudos enjoyed by Obama by simply saying, "I'm gonna do the same thing as Obama and Bush."

    The fact that he hasn't done this just underlines how much Romney sucks as a candidate. How clueless he really is.

    Fructose is a liver poison. Stop eating it today.

    by Anne Elk on Thu May 24, 2012 at 06:21:45 PM PDT

  •  Can I addd kodos to donkeyhotey (1+ / 0-)
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    Great drawing!

  •  COLIN will always be most famous for what he did, (0+ / 0-)

    never able to erase the single act of betrayal he put over on his men and the people of america

    IRONICALLY his biggest act of cowardace and failure was in NOT HAVING CONFIDENCE IN THE AMERICAL PEOPLE to handle the truth..... sounds like the TAG LINE FOR A MOVIE

  •  the elephant ear purse in the room (0+ / 0-)

    Amid all the consternation about Powell (yes, he deserves it; He was heard whining that he didn't deserve all the criticism about the UN speech; he was just the messenger, for Pete's sake), is that Romney has one very good reason to want to restart the Bush war machine:


    There are billions to be made by a corporate entity properly positioned within the federal government upon the commencement of hostilities with Iran, Somalia, Sierra Leone, or hell, Grenada v2.0.

    War makes lots of money for a few people, who by wild coincidence, are never the ones with sons and daughters on the front lines.

    Bush made war because the thought it made his dick look big.
    Romney will make war because it will make his wallet look big.

    The result is the same.

    Class war has consequences, and we are living them.

    by kamarvt on Fri May 25, 2012 at 05:28:46 AM PDT

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