Saying Goodbye to the Secretary

Will it be Powell vs. Clinton in 2006?

David Jones
Published: Wednesday, 12/01/2004 12:00 am EST

Colin Powell is rather rare as a U.S. Secretary of State in that when he departs, he will leave with respect and even affection from State Department personnel -- a notoriously hard to manage and even harder to impress bureaucracy. There will be wet eyes (and dry ones since Powell did not win every heart and mind), but Powell did far more than most Secretaries of State to modernize its infrastructure and keep it a "player" in foreign policy decision making. Both nationally and internationally, Powell is far more than a Boondocks comic strip caricature who will be missed because "who else could tell lies to the whole world with such dignity and integrity?"

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