Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

October 28, 2008

Colin Powell, Ted Stevens, and Barack Obama

Filed under: — Different River @ 12:20 am

Gen. Colin Powell testified in defense of Sen. Ted Stevens at his corruption trial:

Colin Powell described Sen. Ted Stevens in court today as a “trusted individual” and a man with a “sterling” reputation.

“He was someone whose word you could rely on,” said Powell, secretary of state in President Bush’s first term, who self-deprecatingly described himself as someone who retired as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then “dabbled a bit in diplomacy.”

Then Sen. Stevens was convicted of bribery.

In between, Powell said similar things about Obama.

Hmmmm.

(HT: Instapundit.)

3 Responses to “Colin Powell, Ted Stevens, and Barack Obama”

  1. blackton Says:

    Ok, if Obama is ever convicted of a crime, then we can then claim that Powell was wrong about him, until then this is just a stupid and false equivalency. Powell has also said that America is a great country, so hmmm could he be wrong about that as well. He has also said he has long admired and respected McCain, so then that also must be wrong. Please, how silly is this.

    Ted Stevens was convicted of the most petty kinds of corruption, how and why could anyone imagine he is so stupid? This is like Bill Gates getting caught for shoplifting.

  2. Different River Says:

    Powell said that when Stevens had not been convicted of anything — on the contrary, Powell was testifying in Stevens’ defense at his trial, as a character witness. And, he turned out to be wrong.

    He may turn out to be wrong about Obama as well.

    It’s a valid claim.

  3. The Panda Says:

    Just because Stevens was convicted of silliness does not mean that Powell was wrong about his general character. Probably, he’s a good guy who either a) did something stupid, or b) didn’t know what he was doing was against the rules. And there’s always option c) Powell himself is not the guy we thought he was.

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