"Good Soldier Powell" Apparently Stays True To Bush's "Stay The Course" Philosophy
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told Bob Schieffer of CBS' Face The Nation of the Iraq War: "We are losing. We haven't lost."
How are we to feel about Powell? Some in the liberal blogosphere are cheering the above quote. But I remain unimpressed with "Good Soldier Powell."
The former Secretary is still advocating the "Pottery Barn" rule, which refers to a "you break it, you own it" policy of a retail store that holds a customer responsible for damage done to displayed merchandise.
Powell told Shieffer that, as noted in the Iraq Study Group report, "(I)t’s grave and deteriorating, and we’re not winning. We are losing. We haven’t lost. This is the time now to start to put in place the kinds of strategies that will turn this situation around."
At the same time, Powell doesn't believe the U.S. should increase troops -- as some in Bush's inner circle are advocating. But he doesn't believe the U.S. should start redeploying until it has turned things around, conceivably from "grave and deteriorating" to "shiny and happy."
In other words, Powell is on the "stay the course" bandwagon. He's the loyal soldier.
But that's apparently been the case all along. As Bob Woodward explained to Mike Wallace of CBS' 60 Minutes in 2004:
WOODWARD: (President Bush) calls Colin Powell in alone, sitting in those two famous chairs in the Oval Office -- and the president said, "Looks like war." Then Powell directly says, "You know, you're going to be owning this place." And the president says, "I understand that."
The president knows that Powell is the one who doesn't want to go to war. The president knows that Powell is the one who doesn't want to go to war. He says, "Will you be with me?" And Powell, the soldier, 35 years in the Army, president has decided, and he says, "I'll do my best, Mr. President, I'll be with you." And then the president says, "Time to put your war uniform on."
Some on the left cheer Powell whenever he says something like "We're not winning." But just about everyone outside of the President and his neocon circle is willing to admit as much.
To me, it's same old, same old.