Several people in the blogosphere have already taken down Colin Powell for his shameful Bill Clintonesque historical revisionism and blame shifting in Aspen concerning the war in Iraq and his unsuccessful efforts to stop it. No doubt he worked harder on trying to educate and persuade Bush for two and one-half hours than he worked on anything in his life. Time precludes any decent fisking, though this article is a target rich environment. I'll just note one sentence from former Secretary of State Powell for posterity:
Powell believes that a reduction in US forces will have to be accompanied by talks with Syria and Iran. “You have to talk to the people you dislike most in this dangerous world.”
After all, talking with monomanical tyrants who are, by their own admission, so clearly and unambiguously enemies has such a fine pedigree. Seems like I've heard something like Secretary Powell's lament before:
"You can imagine what a bitter blow it is to me that all my long struggle to win peace has failed. Yet I cannot believe that there is anything more, or anything different, that I could have done, and that would have been more successful..."
Extra bonus points if you know who said that and when.