Saturday, March 22, 2008

The General Defended

Posted by Shadowdancer
First I’d like to state that I am not, in ANY way, defending ANYTHING that Bush has done. In fact I find most (if not all) of Bush’s decisions to be both reprehensible and immoral. However, I agree with Frank’s reply and have a few things of my own to add…

Colin Powell has served this country for over 35 years and in that time rose to the rank of General. During this time he has: Earned countless medals and badges (including: the Purple Heart; Legion of Merit; Pathfinder Badge; Air Assault Badge; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom to name a few); Served in Vietnam and Korea; Became the National Security Advisor under the Reagan Administration; Became an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath; Received several foreign awards and honors; As well as performing many other extraordinary acts. And now you’re trying to tell me just because he happened to be a part of the Bush administration his past accomplishments mean nothing?

Also, Mike Hart, it’s easy to pick apart someone else, but before you do I urge you to look at yourself and see what you've done that leaves such a meaningful impact on this world. Instead of mocking Colin Powell, you should treat him with the honor and respect he deserves, (as well as any of our brave soldiers) for without them America would not be the free land it is today (I see you are already familiar with the “Freedom of Speech”). I’m not going to pretend that I know you personally; however the visage that you present is that of a pompous self-righteous ass.
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Gonfalon Priquer said...

The Colin Powell debate seems to be sliding towards a playground scuffle. No one questions Powell's service to the nation as a military leader. However, like many, many Army officers I've known and worked with, Powell had an unwavering but blind loyalty to his patrons, the Bushes. He followed 41 to glory and 43 to ruin. Powell seems to have made his peace with his experience and shameful acts as secretary of state. The man had ambition and made his choices based on loyalty, not his own philosophies as a general. He's radioactive for national politics.

Ken Hart said...

Yes, I don't quite see how Powell's military service makes him impervious to criticism for his role in the lead-up to the Iraq war. It's apples and oranges, folks. If anything, it makes his poor judgment all the more regrettable. He served his country well, then made personal loyalty to Bush his priority, and so his future ability to do any more good work on a national or globe scale is pretty much out the window.

Shadowdancer said...

Contrary to what “The Hart brothers” would have you believe, Colin Powell was completely against this war from the beginning. He even took Bush aside, cautioning him of what the consequences would be should he interfere. Of course, Bush ignored the advice of Powell and invaded recklessly and chaotically. At the Aspen Idea’s Festival, Powell added that Iraq was already in internal conflict, which would only worsen with U.S. Military involvement. This is not the portrait of “blind loyalty” you so facetiously painted, and if he had been just another one of Bush’s “lackeys” he would not have stood up to him, and ultimately resigned (forced to resign) because of this.

Ken Hart said...

Come now. Powell "stood up" to Bush? Is that what you would call waiting 18 months after the start of the war -- and one week after Bush had secured reelection -- before resigning with nary a peep about his objections to the war?

Again, I salute his military achievements. But if he had serious concerns about the war and its effects, and if he felt he was being shut out by others in the Administration, the time to speak out was in 2003 and 2004. His first public criticisms about Bush didn't come until 2005, long after he was in a position to do anything about it.

His military record shows courageous actions. His political record does not.

Anonymous said...

This question is for Gonfalon Priquer... Can you explain the sentence in your comments, "He followed 41 to glory and 43 to ruin". I wasn't sure what you were referring to... Thanks! Raymond Gil