I'm sorry, but this guy talking to Bob Woodward, knowingly giving him damaging information that would paint Mr. Bush in a certain light is totally reprehensible? Whatever happened to loyalty? Let us rewind to the Gulf War, shall we? Colin Powell is the very reason we had to go back in in 2003-04 to finish the job that Bush's father started. Powell went apesh!t to keep us out of Iraq and from removing Hussein, fearful of American soliders loss of life, and the fact that the area would be hard to control... What a BRILLIANT deduction! Americans may die if we remove a dictator! Americans may die and the region may be somewhat unstable at the outset of our mission there? Powell pitched such a bitch in 1991 that Bush and Cheney literally had to coordinate strategy at one point by leaving Powell out of high level discussions. I read a Newsweek piece on it (I can't remember the volume and issue, but Jim Jeffords was on the front cover, and it was at that time in the past), and it said that Powell became such a hindrance because of his constant bellering and complaining about the direction of our policy there that Bush and Cheney literally could not hold productive strategy meetings, so they LEFT HIM OUT! The author of the article feels as if Powell blanched in Iraq so much in 1991 due to his experience in Vietnam, and was fearful of the homeland reception troops would receive in modern day times in a tough international military situation such as this. So, almost FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, we have a President and Dick Cheney (Sec. of Defense at the time) meeting behind the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's back because of his aversion to removing a despotic and cruel, vile man who had his hand on the button of WMD. His aversion to this was due to what he perceived to be public relations problems for his fellow soldiers on the homefront. Obviously, he was mistaken then. Obviously, he was right about the inherent problems liberating and stabilizing Iraq, and putting into place a representative Democratic government. Who was thinking any different, though? Fast forward to today. Bush avoids meeting with Powell. He says he does so because he knew what Powell's outlook would be. Hell, it was the same outlook from over 15 years ago. So, basically, history repeats itself. Powell's worrying about soldiers and the public perception (Which he's been wrong about twice now) kept him from having the BALLS to go in and finish the job in Iraq and free those people in 1991. This time around, his opinion hasn't changed (shocking, I know), and the new President's reaction is the same (to cut him out of the loop). What makes it such a huge story now? I'd like to know if perhaps Khaos Project or another liberal can answer that for us.