A Hero, a Son and Ethics
In a society where nothing is sacred and citizens are more cynical than ever about their government officialsIn a society where nothing is sacred and citizens are more cynical than ever about their government officials, Colin Powell and Michael Powell appear to be exceptions to the rule.Telecommunications industry executives with matters pending before either the State Department or the Federal Communications Commissionthat is, almost everyone in the industrywere naturally reluctant to comment about any nexus between the father and son at the head of the foreign policy and telecom arenas, respectively. Likewise for fellow public officials, whose "no comments" were more than once accompanied by flushed complexions. And of more than a dozen policy experts and ethicistspeople paid to ponder these thingsonly two were willing to discuss it in detail.
"Its because Colin Powell is such a hero, and no one wants to get to issues that could arise in such a context," one ethics professor said when asked about general reluctance to address the question.