Regarding Bret Stephens's "Colin Powell's Double Standard" (Global View, Jan. 15): It is refreshing to see someone finally challenge Colin Powell's sanctimonious hypocrisy. It was under four different Republican administrations that Mr. Powell was able to serve as a White House fellow, four-star general, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, national security adviser and secretary of state. Ergo, if the GOP is as racist-ridden as Mr. Powell implies, one certainly could not discern so from his own career.
In the movie "Patton," Gen. George Patton, realizing that Gen. Omar Bradley has rescued his career says, "I have a lot of faults, Brad, but, ingratitude isn't one of them." To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen, "General Powell, you are no George Patton."
Edward S. Hochman
Mr. Stephens alludes to Colin Powell's reference to John Sununu's characterization of President Obama's performance after the first debate as "lazy." Mr. Powell implied that a reference like that to a black person is pejorative. In a December 2011 interview, Barbara Walters asked President Obama, "What's the trait you most deplore in yourself, and the trait you most deplore in others?" And the president's answer: "Laziness."
H. Alan Young