JUST LIKE IKE

Finally, in the person of Colin Powell, we have someone for whom the overworked cliche "piece of work" is precisely descriptive. Watching Powell consider running for President as a Republican or as an independent, or perhaps on the bottom half of the G.O.P. ticket, is to encounter a master of animated caution. He is charismatic and focused. His thoughts are ordered and formed in complete sentences--a truly dying art. His entire aspect is commanding and confident. He can appear compassionate and tough, sober and humorous in the same instant. But for all his brilliance as a performer, what Powell says as...

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