29 November 2004

Bye, Colin

Juan Cole, as usual, knows what's what and offers his summation on Powell's resignation, which may be even worse news than I thought.
... insiders in Washington have told me enough stories about Powell victories behind the scenes that I am not sure the marginalization argument is decisive. Powell had an alliance with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and the two of them could sometimes derail the wilder plans of the Department of Defense. Blair, and probably Powell, convinced Bush to fight al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan before going on to an Iraq war. Imagine how dangerous the situation would be if the US were bogged down in Iraq as it is now, but Bin Laden's 40 training camps were still going full steam!
Unsurprisingly, he has nothing nice to say about Condi.

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