"That does not mean he gets off the hook on Iraq."
A black mark on an otherwise illustrious career. Powell was trying to be a good soldier for his Commander-in-Chief right to the end. His reward? Used and abused by the Republican Party for the rest of his life.
However, it's all water under the bridge now.
I think Powell's decision is based on Trump's cavalier attitude toward nuclear weapons. (Trump: "Why do we have them if we can't use them?")
Bill Bradley summed it up quite nicely the other day when he said: "Nuclear issues transcends all other issues. If a president doesn't have the skills to defuse a matter before it goes that far, he isn't fit to be President."
Bradly also said: "Trump can't focus for 30 minutes in a debate. A president has to focus 24/7 in this nuclear age."