By his own admission, he spent hours telling the President the reasons why Iraq would be a mistake. Yet when push came to shoving our men and women into harm's way, he passively complied.
Knowing everything he knew, Powell went ahead and aided and abetted Bush in his zeal to send more than 3,600 of his beloved military men and women to their deaths, and more than 25,000 to be maimed in body and mind -- many beyond repair.
He's a traitor to the American people for not speaking out. He's a traitor to Congress for not telling them -- ALL of them, not just the select committee that handles national security.
He's a coward for not resigning his position as Secretary of State and for not going public with every argument he had down to the most minute detail for not going to war. He should have repeated it ad nauseam. Powell had a bully pulpit then that was, in the least, equal to Bush's. Maybe even more.
He commanded the ultimate respect from the American people and, just as
important, the press. One snap of his fingers and the press flocked to him then as they still do. They would have been there in all their various forms to capture every word he had to say.
He's an egomaniac for staying on as Secretary of State and thinking that he could sway Bush in any manner to his way of thinking about not invading Iraq.
He belied his supposed intellect not to realize that the neocons had total control over Bush. It's beyond comprehension that he did not know that the war in Iraq was a done deal before Bush was selected president by the Supreme Court.
A great soldier's insight had to be left in his old uniform as he did not realize that the man who f***ed up everything he ever touched trying to outdo "Daddy Bush" before Daddy had to bail him out, was once again out to prove he was better than Daddy, and no longer needed help from Daddy.
If all these things were clearly seen from my kitchen on the left coast before the supposed smartest man in the cabinet and best friend to the military ceded to Bush's Folly, why did General Powell miss seeing them from his catbird seat on the right coast?
The answer is that he didn't.
And for that, this man of a loyalty learned at the highest military level, has shown himself to be a traitor to the ones he should have shown his first loyalty to: the soldiers.