<center><h1><a href=http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/18/opinion/18DOWD.html?pagewanted=print&position=>House of Broken Toys</a></h1></center> By MAUREEN DOWD WASHINGTON <blockquote>When Colin Powell decided that Dick Cheney's crazy "fever," as he called the vice president's obsession with linking 9/11 and Saddam, was leading the country into a war it did not need to fight, he should have bared his heart to the president and made his case using the Powell doctrine with overwhelming force. Mr. Bush probably wouldn't have listened. He was in Mr. Cheney's gloomy sway, and Rummy's bellicose sway. And W. felt competitive with his more popular top diplomat. But Mr. Powell should have tried. And if the president didn't listen, the secretary should have quit not let himself be used by the vice president and his "Gestapo office" of Pentagon neocons, as Mr. Powell referred to them, to put a diplomatic fig leaf on a predetermined war plan and to present bogus intelligence to the U.N. He knew his word held enormous weight around the world. And he knew he was the only one, out of all the officials in on the clandestine rush to war, who had fought in a war. He should have spoken up for all those soldiers who would fight and die and be maimed for Dick Cheney's nutty utopian dream of bombing the world into freedom, and W.'s dream of being so forceful with Saddam, the slime bag who survived his father's war, that he would forever banish his family's bête noire the wimp factor.</blockquote> But he didn't. He gave in to the dark side, and thus aligned himself with the neocon, chickenhawk, American Empire builders.