Colin Powell Says Bush Fired Him

Via the Washington Post:

ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2004, eight days after the president he served was elected to a second term, Secretary of State Colin Powell received a telephone call from the White House at his State Department office. The caller was not President Bush but Chief of Staff Andrew Card, and he got right to the point.

"The president would like to make a change," Card said, using a time-honored formulation that avoided the words "resign" or "fire." He noted briskly that there had been some discussion of having Powell remain until after Iraqi elections scheduled for the end of January, but that the president had decided to take care of all Cabinet changes sooner rather than later. Bush wanted Powell's resignation letter dated two days hence, on Friday, November 12, Card said, although the White House expected him to stay at the State Department until his successor was confirmed by the Senate.

The source: Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, being published October 10 by Knopf.

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    Re: Colin Powell Says Bush Fired Him (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 02:47:18 PM EST
    I feel this was obvious earlyon that he was fired. He is simply selling another book. His timing leaves much to be desired. I won't be buying this book. I feel that Colin wasted and lost much by serving the Bush Administration. Colin should have stepped forward once he realized that the information was phony on Iraq. I can only imagine what might have changed had he had the courage to break with President Bush and the administration.

    Re: Colin Powell Says Bush Fired Him (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Oct 15, 2006 at 10:32:01 PM EST
    Words fail me when I try to express my appreciation of Colin Powell. History will be kind to him. His intentions to serve in the Bush Administration were good. He has proven that he was smarter than that entire collection of charletons that he worked for. Any intelligent person who watches the famous speech he gave to the UN, can see that he was given those words to speak. He did not agree. Even with that, I think he still believed that he could somehow make a difference later. He was betrayed. Colin Powell has the integrity of someone who should be leading this country