No more Powell = no more pragmatic pariahs inside the White House to sympathize with. And no more tightrope hypocrisy for the fallen one. Not like Powell had any moderating effect anyway. His contributions at Bush's foreign policy meetings (when he was invited) probably went down like that part in Star Wars when Darth Vader force chokes Admiral Motti with his leather-bound finger for actually dissenting with the Dark Lord-in-Chief.
Any more bright ideas about the UN, Mr. Secretary?
Rice, of course, won't ever feel those invisible fingers around her neck because she's a tried-and-true loyalist. Click on that picture above for bigger size. See Grand Moff Tarkin in the back, looking on with that stone-cold sepulchral visage? That's Condoleeza Rice. Now the domination strategy sessions around the shiny black table will get only vigorous nods of approval and sinister smirks right on down the line. We didn't like Rice as NSA because she was an inexperienced academic who didn't know jack about the middle east. We don't like Rice as Secretary of State because, after 4 years as NSA, she's still an inexperienced academic who doesn't know jack about the middle east.
Or about anything else it seems. Remember this, in September 2002: "We do know that [Saddam] is actively pursuing a nuclear weapon." (Weapons inspector David Kay and his successor, Charles Duelfer, debunked that one outright.) And Rice later helped fabricate the administration's case with those phony aluminum tubes, which she said were "only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs," despite that her deputy (who has filled her placed now as the new NSA), knew that assessment was likely false. The Peter Principle -- promotion to the level of one's incompetence -- really ought not apply in the parts of government that are responsible for keeping us safe and/or not destroying the world. What about the culling of the CIA for anyone with an independent mind? Feel safe yet? By January 2005, all the people protecting us and deciding where to invade are trying to control and rebuild Iraq will be administration apparatchiks rubber-stamping whatever the Dear Leader decides. Seatbelts tight everyone!