Colin’s Convenient Complicity

Sometimes I like Colin Powell, sometimes I don’t. On the one hand, I respect his educational and military backgrounds. On the other hand, I do not respect how he told the U.N. what he now believes were lies about Iraq’s phantom weapons of mass destruction. He’s doing a similar dance on G.W.’s illegal spying, and talked about it Christmas Day.

I have concluded that it must be hard to be a politician. That’s because all the politicians I observer and/or deal with never seem to make honest, direct statements. Take this quote from Powell:

“My own judgment is that it didn’t seem to me, anyway, that it would have been that hard to go get the warrants…And even in the case of an emergency, you go and do it. The law provides for that…for reasons that the president has discussed and the attorney general has spoken to, they chose not to do it that way…I see absolutely nothing wrong with the president authorizing these kinds of actions.”

My humble interpretation of the above is that Powell knows what went down is wrong and illegal, but he thinks it falls under the umbrella of Presidential prerogative. The reason that this thinking is both crazy AND dangerous is because of the consistent dishonesty of this administration. Such lies have included (but are not limited to):

Involvement in the CIA Leak
Number of Iraqis killed during our invasion/occupation
– Claim of no prior knowledge of New Orleans’ levee system being weak (such as this one)

Let’s get stupid about this: if a man lies to you repeatedly, do you trust anything about them: words, [displayed] emotions, intentions/motives? NO!!! Why on earth would anyone think that G.W. has any good intentions with this spying? Why would anyone trust his judgement that has been wrong on so many things before? That is just ridiculous.

The “keep us safe” line has been used too often to fool anyone with sense. We can refer to the country’s leadership as “The Crew who Cried Wolf.” How many times will we fall for it? Colin Powell keeps falling for it, but I do not think many good people will do so for much longer.

G.W. himself said “…fool me once, you ain’t gonna fool me again.


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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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