A Dishonorable Man

As Willy Loman might have put it, Colin Powell comes across as an “impressive” man, but he’s probably our most overrated politician (with Joe Biden a close second).

Bret Stephens makes a good case that Powell’s record “stands for nothing” and reminds us of what is, in my view, his most egregious act of dishonorable behavior:

…What responsibility does Mr. Powell assign himself for the four-year Beltway drama that involved the leak of CIA analyst Valerie Plame’s name to columnist Robert Novak?

One result of that drama was that then-New York Times reporter Judy Miller spent 85 days in jail. Another was that Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, was convicted of perjury and sentenced to 30 months in jail. A third was that the administration as a whole suffered a huge and needless political blow.

Yet Mr. Powell knew all along that the original leaker was his own deputy, Richard Armitage, a fact the two of them didn’t publicly reveal for years. Why didn’t he lay the matter immediately to rest instead of allowing others to twist in the wind?…

I wouldn’t expect an answer (or a question from media Democrats like Tom Brokaw) anytime soon. If he gave an answer it would probably be that prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald told him to remain silent while Fitzgerald went off on a fishing expedition.

The idea that the “eminently impressive” Colin Powell had anything to fear from a twit like Fitzgerald is laughable. An honorable man would have told Fitzgerald that he would not remain silent while people were hounded and jailed when he and Fitzgerald already knew the leaker’s identity.

And William McGurn gives the best explanation I’ve read of Barry’s middle class “tax cut.”

Now even Newsweek admits that there is no evidence that anyone yelled “kill him” at a Republican rally last week, and they even note that the Obama campaign was informed of that and that Obama still mentioned the false report in the final debate.

The self-proclaimed “student of history,”Joe Biden, gives us something to think about.

The New York Post editorializes:

Joe Biden wonders whether Barack Obama is qualified to be commander-in-chief.

“Mark my words,” Biden warned Sunday at a Democratic fund-raiser. “It will not be six months [after the inauguration] before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy.”

Then he added, “Watch. We’re going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

Now, here’s where it gets scary.

Obama’s “gonna need your help to use your influence within the community to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”

He’s going to need help?

Terrific.

What’s particularly disturbing is Biden’s Kennedy analogy.

For those who don’t recall, it was a scant five months after JFK became president that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev took his measure.

Kennedy had just bungled the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, then went off to a summit in Vienna – where Khruschev determined that the rookie chief executive could be had.

Two months later, construction began on the Berlin Wall, precipitating a crisis that nearly led to a US-Soviet shooting war in Europe.

And 14 months after that came the Cuban Missile Crisis – when nuclear Armageddon was only barely averted.

Is Biden saying that America’s current enemies – sorely aware of Obama’s inexperience – plan to test a President Obama with similar crises, to see what he’s made of?

Sure seems like it.

But what if Obama is still on the wrong side of the learning curve when this major international crisis hits?

More important: What if he makes the wrong decision – as even Joe Biden suggests he might?

After all, Obama was wrong about the troop surge in Iraq.

And he was wrong in his initial response to Russia’s invasion of Georgia – when he urged the victimized nation to “show restraint.”

And he was wrong when he said he would gladly sit down unconditionally with people like Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – the very people his own running-mate now says are planning to “test” him.

As John McCain said yesterday, “We don’t want a president who invites testing from the world . . . The next president won’t have time.”

Little wonder, then, that Biden later admitted that he “probably shouldn’t have said all this.”

But why not, Joe?

It’s doubtless all true.

And it’s much better to get it all out now – rather than wait until it’s too late to do anything about it.

OMG! Even the New York Times is calling for Christopher Dodd to come clean on his sweetheart mortgage deal.

My favorite line from last week’s Al Smith Dinner wasn’t delivered by either of the presidential candidates, but by MC Al Smith IV who said, “Chicago is a city where four out of every two voters vote Democratic.”Viagra
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