Matt Drudge provides an interview from something called Radio SAWA wherein Colin Powell disputes the WaPo reports that he is quitting:

It’s nonsense. I don’t know what they are talking about. I serve at the pleasure of the President. The President and I have not discussed anything other than my continuing to do my job for him, and this is just one of those stories that emerge in Washington that reflects nothing more than gossip, and the gossip leads to a rash of speculation about who might fill a vacancy that does not exist.

And so I really am not surprised by this kind of gossip. I have seen it before. But the story has no substance and the so-called conversation that took place between my Deputy, Mr. Armitage, and National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice, did not take place. And therefore, the story has no source or basis in the beginning; and most of it is just all gossip and speculation from no source.

Interesting. Still, I’d be very surprised if Powell didn’t indeed step down.

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  1. IIRC “Radio SAWA” is the U.S. radio station in Iraq operated by Special Ops command. Could be wrong though.

    Chris (whose blog is down, don’t ask me why…)