(From early in 2003)

It's become almost routine for members of the American press to throw dumb or leading questions at members of the Bush administration.

Maybe that's one of the reasons why Secretary of State Colin Powell seemed so well prepared for the shifty question recently hurled at him by an Iraqi reporter.

According to the New York Post, one of Saddam's newshounds asked Powell, "Isn't it true that only 13 percent of young Americans can locate Iraq on a map?"

"That may be true," Powell countered. "You're probably right. But unfortunately for you, all 13 percent are Marines."

True or not, this is very much in character for former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

I had the pleasure of meeting Colin Powell on three occasions (see MuddyBoots Archives, Marine Corps Birthday 2004). I found him to be a real gentleman, intelligent and articulate. While I do not agree with him on many things (my privilege) I like, respect, and admire him very much. He is one class act and I wish him every success in his future endeavors.

Darry Deaton, MuddyBoots.Net webmaster


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