How dare Charles P. Pierce and the Esquire Editors!

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a37991036/colin-powell-obituary-george-w-bush-iraq-war/

Colin Powell Had the Chance to Be a Great Man in a Crucial Moment. He Chose to Be a Loyal Apparatchik*.
[ HISTORICAL definition*:
a member of a Communist Party apparat. /DEROGATORY•HUMOROUS definition*:
an official in a large political organization.]

That is the tragedy of his life.