Colin Powell – Mere Mortal

Very few living American leaders have been able to retain their dignity. Very few living American leaders have been able to stay widely respected and deeply admired. Very few living American leaders have been able to remain clean while swimming in dirty waters.

An exception has been former Secretary of State, and Four Star General Colin Powell. An exception until now. Now that his e mails have been hacked, his veneer has been stripped bare. Not that he’s been knocked off his pedestal altogether. But he’s askew, his perfect persona rendered imperfect, less elegant, judicious, and moderate than he had led us to believe.

Apart from describing Donald Trump as a “national disgrace,” and apart from describing Hillary Clinton as “greedy” and filled with “unbridled ambition,” there’s something about Powell’s calling two of his former colleagues (Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney) “idiots” that’s unseemly. Not wrong, mind you, but unseemly –  unbefitting a man like Powell who has regularly been seen as being above the fray, the fray presumably beneath him.

So we reap what we sow. Another American leader bites the dust. Another instance of changes in culture and technology twinning to tarnish a man who spent a lifetime polishing his exterior.

 

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