Monday, December 26, 2005

Powell: Wishy-Washy on Fallibility?

Why is everyone headlining this story, as the Houston Chronicle does here, with Colin Powell's legal opinion (and so what?) buttressing W's authority to eavesdrop? The more interesting part of Powell's commentary was the fact that he points to the difference between subjective certitude and objective certainty, to the possibility of W's fallibility: why not, he asks, just use the secret court? That this seems not to make sense to Powell should be alarming to Americans:
"My own judgment is that it didn't seem to me, anyway, that it would have been that hard to go get the warrants," Powell said.

"And even in the case of an emergency, you go and do it. The law provides for that."


troutsky said...

The only thing the world needs to hear from Colin Powell is a sincere apology then a year or two in exile then, maybe, an opinion on something.That he would have any credibility left is nauseous.

helmut said...

Yeah, I agree, Troutsky. A lot of people still hold Powell to be above the rabble, so to speak. But -- even if he did privately say "this is bullshit!" -- he did make the pitch to the UN for the war. In fact, I think it's worse that he did pitch the case knowing it was bullshit. That's called lying. And it's not like this is a lie about who ate the popsicle I left in the freezer.