One salutary result of the Hillary Clinton email scandal may be its impact on the reputation of Colin Powell – one of the most exaggerated figures in modern American history. Powell has expended the last 12 or so years attempting to live down his position as an apologist for the unpopular Iraq war. He succeeded to some extent by publicly supporting Barack Obama and by accusing the GOP – the party that elevated him – of racism.
Then emerged the email scandal. Hillary Clinton attempted to pin it on Powell. Powell demurred.
Some liberals might forgive Powell for his part in a war they loathe. Few will forgive him for declining to take a fall for Hillary.
We now know is that Powell was largely guilty as charged, though his culpability provides no sound defense for Clinton. He advised her:
What I did was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line (sounds ancient). So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department servers.
If it is public that you have a BlackBerry and it [is] government and you are using it, government or not, to do business, it may become an official record and subject to the law. . . .
Be very careful. . .I got around it by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data.
Basically, as Shannen Coffin states, Powell “rather blatantly violated federal records laws, knowingly and intentionally.”
Now comes the public release of Powell’s emails hacked by the Russians (it is assumed). They demonstrate Powell to be a gossip and a hack. In the Washington tradition, he believes the worst of major public figures that the conventional wisdom will permit.
Hence, Donald Trump is “a national disgrace.” Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz are “idiots.” Hillary Clinton is “greedy.” Bill Clinton is “still dicking bimbos.” Donald Rumsfeld screwed up Iraq. The Benghazi investigation is “a stupid witch hunt.”
Powell is still trying to play the “racism” card. “The whole birther movement was racist,” he thinks, as if the faction of conservatives who questioned where Obama was born wouldn’t have raised the issue against an equally left wing president with the same foreign origins.
The most fascinating information in the Powell emails I’ve seen reported on happens, via hearsay, from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. He is said to have told a donor that Hillary Clinton’s health is so bad she “could barely climb the podium steps” during an event they both attended. Here is the email from Jeffrey Leeds to Powell:
Sheldon Whitehouse, who is a huge Clinton supporter, said they were both giving speeches at the same event a few months back and she could barely climb the podium steps.
This may perhaps be the only email of potential value in the batch. Without a doubt, it may be a bombshell. (I’ll have more to point out about this in a article that will appear later.)
Not shockingly, Powell didn’t write it.