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Let Me Make It Easy For You...
... How about they all go? Today the Washington Post claimed that Colin Powell was planning to resign from his post as Secretary of State the day after Bush is re-inaugurated. That's unfortunate since Powell is possibly the only administration official worth keeping. The real problem with this article though, is that it was written in the first place. With any luck Powell won't be the only one on his way out. The article brushes aside the fact that Bush actually has to be reelected in the first place! It even goes into who might replace Powell:
"Long-shot candidates for secretary would include Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), the centrist chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee who is a strong supporter of Powell. Lugar is so respected by Democrats that his name was also floated during the Clinton administration.
Another dark horse is former House speaker Newt Gingrich. The Georgia Republican appears to be openly campaigning for the job, arguing in speeches and in a recent Foreign Policy magazine article that the State Department under Powell has failed to adequately support Bush's policies."
Gingrich??! This is the man who calls for a foreign policy that largely neglects the concept of "diplomacy" in favor of a "follow us or get out of the way" policy on foreign relations. I would be hard pressed to come up with a worse choice for the job than Newt Gingrich.
Secretary of State is a position for a person who understands how to play well with others. We've been lucky that we've had someone as thoughtful and ideologically balanced as Powell as the department's head. If Powell leaves in the second term, which seems to be taken for granted by the Post and others (but not the American people), the administration will neglect the views of the American people even more than it already does since it would then be without those hassles called elections that force politicans to stay true to those they represent.
We can prevent all of this speculation of course, by simply kicking them all out. That's my plan, who's with me?