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Tavis Smiley, one of the most lovely and thoughtful men I have ever met, recently interviewed former General Colin Powell. When asked about his opinion on Barack Obama – the answer was almost effusive. For my friends in the skeptical, anti-Powell GOP camp – well, I will hold my fire. But if you talk Iraq – or WMD – I will refer you to Glenn Kessler’s book on Condi Rice.

And then I’ll discuss the Highway of Death after Persian Gulf 1 – his 40 years of service – and a million other facts. Powell is a player at the top of the DC ladder. His opinion matters.

—Media Lizzy