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Questions for Colin Powell

Naturally, the media won't ask

  1. As one of America’s most respected generals, you were instrumental in torpedoing the Clinton Administration’s gays-in-the-military policy? What is Obama’s position on this subject?

  2. As one of America’s most respected generals, how do you feel about the far left’s assault on our military forces, and their support for Obama?

  3. As one of America’s more mediocre Secretaries of State, how do you feel about your sales job on the Iraq war? Did you lie?

  4. As one of America’s more mediocre Secretaries of State, why were you unable to persuade key allies to join us in Iraq?

  5. As one of America’s more mediocre Secretaries of State, what do you say now to the members of the coalition of the willing who did join us? Many of those governments paid a heavy political price for listening to you.

  6. As one of America’s more mediocre Secretaries of State, how do you explain the complete lack of progress on a host of festering issues during your tenure: Iran, N. Korea, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the aggressiveness of China and Russia. (You get credit for handling the plane incident in 2001).

  7. Other than #3, it is hard to think of high profile diplomatic ventures during your tenure. You were among the less-traveled Secretaries of State. Why?

  8. As an elder statesman, you were silent on the Plame affair, which originated in your office and did tremendous damage to the reputation of the Bush Administration. Why? And how do you sleep at night?

  9. As an elder statesman and respected ex-general, you were basically inert on the most important military operation in Iraq other than the invasion itself. Why?

  10. Obama was wrong on the surge. What does that tell you about his leadership and judgement skills?

  11. Do you really think that Sarah Palin is less qualified for executive office than Barack Obama? Why?

  12. Should we take your endorsement at face value, or given the tremendous gulf between your active career and the positions now espoused by Obama, should we chalk it up to the temptation of an elder statesman, perhaps more conscious now of mortality and a changing tide in politics, to remain perennially in the public spotlight, bathed in the radiant grace of The One?In other words, does Talleyrand have a disciple?

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