Parry gets this right:
Not only did Powell lend his personal credibility to Bush at key moments – from the Florida recount battle to the Iraq War to Election 2004 – but a serious examination of his career would reveal a person who consistently has put his career ahead of his country’s best interests. For that matter, why should Americans tune in to watch NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw interviewing Powell on “Meet the Press”? Brokaw is the news media’s version of a Colin Powell, never putting his career in harm’s way to alert the public about grave dangers ahead.
We on the left need to be principled. A lying jack-ass doesn't deserve a pat on the ass just because he occasionally happens to gallop off in the right direction. Powell has made a career as a front-man for shady operations, a career in which he sided with the wrong people--people that he chose of his own free will. This notion that he was Bush's moral compass is ludicrous. Nobody gets hired into the Shrub administration unless they've check the box on the application form that says immoral slimeball.