Monday, November 15, 2004

Colin Powell Resigns

Colin Powell has resigned his post as Sec. of State, which was expected. His resignation will become effective upon the administrations securing of his replacement.

Many conservatives will be relieved that Powell has resigned. There will be few tears shed by those on the right. Colin Powell is an honorable man who was put in charge of a State Department that has, in the past, seemed to put diplomacy before the interests of the United States.

The reaction by the Democrats and the left will be fun to watch. Volumes of words will be put in Colin Powell's mouth by the Democrats and the media looking for a way to damage the President. They will say his resignation was due to differences on Iraq, Iran, etc... There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth by those who will claim that with his resignation, the only, "moderate, reasonable voice" in the administration has left, allowing the evil "neocons" to further their radical agenda of imperialism more quickly. I predict that, if these sentiments have not already been expressed publicly, that they will be by tonight, and certainly in the opinion pages of the major papers tomorrow.

President Bush should pick a replacement dedicated to reform in the State Department. Don Rumsfeld has proven to be an effective reformer in the Pentagon, and the State Department certainly has the same needs. Refoprm will be very difficult, as many of the employees of the State Department are firmly entrenched, lifelong bureaucrats. It will take an outsider a will of steel to get the reforms off the ground.

I will leave the predictions to the professional pundits,as I am sure it will only be a matter of days before Powell's replacement is announced.


UPDATE:

My prediction has already come true. This from the CBS News Marketwatch story on Powell's resignation:

Powell, whose resignation is not entirely a surprise, has been the moderate voice in an administration of hawks, including Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.


(Emphasis added) There will be so many stories like this, that it will pointless for me to try to link them all. The CBS News story also adds this bit of editorial at the end of the story:

Iraq has dominated Powell's attention during his nearly four years with the administration. He will perhaps be best remembered for his appearance before the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 5, 2003, during which he argued that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein must be removed from power because he possessed weapons of mass destruction.

There is no evidence that those claims had any foundation. Powell has maintained all along that the use of force by the United States-led coalition in Iraq was justified.


(Again, emphasis added) It would be accurate to state that no stockpiles of weapons were found after the invasion, but to say that Powell's claims had no "foundation" is absurd and misleading. Of course those two terms could be the new slogan for CBS News. This is why old media is irrelevent.

Be sure to check the current posts for updates.