Monday, May 01, 2006

A Sissy Move?

Hindsight is 20/20 and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Colin Powell has let it be known that his initial suggestion during the U.S. invasion of Iraq was to include more troops. As taken from CNN.com:

"I made the case to General (Tommy) Franks, to (Defense) Secretary (Donald) Rumsfeld and to the president that I was not sure we had enough troops," Powell said. But he said the military leaders felt they had the appropriate number.

Of central background importance is the fact that Powell offered his statement from Britain, where he’s taken refuge in retirement abroad, while the war he had an integral hand in waging continues with no clear end in sight. A sissy move for Brother Powell? Perhaps.

As I’m sure many others might agree, it’s difficult to dismiss the notion that Powell is doing what he can to salvage a brilliant military legacy that loses its luster with each additional life lost in Iraq. After a distinguished military career, the debacle that is the war in Iraq seems to have put his ballot for induction into the Black History Hall of Fame into considerable question.

I finished Powell’s autobiography a few weeks ago and the book concludes with his presentation to the United Nations Security Council, as he makes the seemingly incontestable argument to carry out a war in Iraq. That presentation was supposed to have been added to the list of Powell’s lofty career accomplishments. While very few could have predicted the situation in Iraq would take its present route, the ultimate result of Powell’s presentation indelibly tarnishes his legacy and several years later he finds himself doing the sissy shuffle from Britain.

If I might conclude with an apt ten nickels (50 Cent) lyrical reference: “Damn homie (Colin), in high school (rather, the first Bush administration) you was the man homie. What the f*ck happened to you?”

1 comment:

Brother Spotless said...

If you go back a bit further (1995), many people still believe Powell would have been able to defeat Clinton if he had decided to run. Even though I was young, I do remember many political pundits explaining the talent Powell had to cross racial and political lines (ala Barack Obama).

Even though the route the Iraq battle has taken is not entirely his fault (he did say we need more troops in Iraq), history will ultamitely group him with Bush, and he will take some serious heat for the Iraq War.