Again, this is why I like General Powell. General Powell will be one of those figures in American history that will have historians scratching their heads. He seems to be an honest straight shooter. His whole career seems to underline this fact. Then there is his UN speech. The most important speech in a generation and he dropped the ball. I personally believe that General Powell is a soldier first. If your Commander and Chief asks you to do something you do it, to the best of your ability. That’s the only way that I can explain what happened.
Powell is very practical about Gitmo. Close it. It harms our reputation. Hold those prisoners in US prisons. Let the US courts handle the prisoners. Now, it will be very hard for the Bush, Cheney crowd to say that Colin Powell hasn’t seen the intelligence because he has. It will be hard for them to say that he doesn’t understand the problem because it is clear that he does. Where’s Bartlett, Bush’s personal hit man. The Bush Administration will send Cheney out to combat what Powell has said. Maybe they will send Tony Snow but they will respond because that is their way.