Powell Plans Exit After Bush's First Term

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Powell Plans Exit After Bush's First Term -Time

Mon Sep 2, 3:47 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Colin Powell ( news - web sites) plans to step down at the end of President Bush ( news - web sites)'s current term in 2005, Time magazine reported on Monday.

The magazine quoted sources close to Powell as saying that he has a firm plan for an exit after serving out the entire term.

"He will have done a yeoman's job of contributing over the four years," a close aide was quoted as saying. "but that's enough."

The aide stressed that Powell was determined to serve out the entire term, even if the United States launches an invasion of Iraq, which Powell has fought to delay or derail.

If Bush wins a second term, only the imminence of a major diplomatic victory -- in the Middle East, for example -- could induce Powell to stay on the job a short while longer, the magazine said.

In an interview with BBC television scheduled for broadcast on Sept. 8, Powell struck a moderate tone in the debate over whether to invade Iraq, insisting that the return of weapons inspectors to Baghdad was a priority.

Until an excerpt from the interview was released on Sunday, Powell had been a silent voice in the public debate. A senior State Deportment official said on Friday the secretary, seen as the leading dove in an administration dominated by hawks, was keeping his powder dry until Bush decides how he intends to convert his policy of "regime change" into a plan of action.

-- (what a shame @ good man. going to waste), September 03, 2002


Can you blame him? He knows how corrupt the Bush administration is and sees no hope for the future as long as the war-mongering greedy Repugs are involved in our government.

-- (he's way too intelligent @ to. work with imbeciles), September 03, 2002.

I hear he might be considered as Secretary of State for Al Sharpton's cabinet in 2004. It would be about time we get some intelligence in the White House. The last president we've has with an iq above 65 was Lyndon Banes Johnson.

-- Joe Six Pack (just@another.joe), September 07, 2002.

And LBJ's IQ was an amazing 66?

-- Innocent Bystander (nope@nottelling.com), September 07, 2002.

Only on his better days.

-- Lyndon (dumb@like.rock), September 08, 2002.

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