Waving Good-bye to Bill Kristol, Colin Powell “Might” Endorse Obama

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Politico‘s Mike Allen and others think that Colin Powell “may” endorse Barack Obama this weekend on Meet the Press.
Note the word “may.” I agree with Mike Allen that Powell may take this action — or may endorse John McCain.
I queried General Powell on his intentions and on another matter. He responded to me on the other matter that I can’t discuss and stayed mum on the primary reason for my note.
I responded back to ask him if he might make sure to include me in the first tranche of those he lets know about his intentions. His response: “Thanks Steve.”
So, I have no idea what General Powell might do with regard to his Meet the Press appearance on Sunday — but I know that he’s pondering something big. Otherwise, he would have discounted the news of his potential endorsement.
Interestingly, I think Colin Powell has maintained a very dignified stance between the Obama and McCain camps — meeting with both sides and offering both his counsel.
And then a weird thing: Bill Kristol, in my view, tried to “export” Powell to the Obama camp saying that Powell would not only endorse Obama but would probably speak at the Democratic National Convention. In my opinion, Kristol was trying to purge the realists from the McCain camp — particularly Powell protege and long term aide, Richard Armitage.
Kristol did not succeed in pushing Powell out — and General Powell did not speak at the Denver convention of the Democratic Party — but like Mike Allen lays out, General Powell may be on the verge of announcing his own conscientious choice, made under his own steam weighing the merits of the two campaigns and expressing what he feels the nation needs now.
I am very much looking forward to Colin Powell’s thoughtful assessment of America’s national security and economic portfolios and our leadership choices Sunday morning.
— Steve Clemons

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45 comments on “Waving Good-bye to Bill Kristol, Colin Powell “Might” Endorse Obama

  1. Roy Pitre says:

    What a shit head he is to betray his party affiliation to endorse Barak Hussein Obama. All of the years in the military Colin Powel has not learned the word treason and betrayal. He lied to George Bush and the American people about WMD”s and therefore we went into Iraq and are still there spending all the lives and all the money on his expert analysis. Now he betrays his President and his friend Mccain for the black man Obama. I am so ashamed of what we have become in America.
    I wonder if Colin will hug Hamas and Osama bin Laden like the one he endorsed today. Makes me sick!!!

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  2. cindy says:

    How can Powell support Obama, who supported Odinga in Kenya, responsible for the ethnic cleasning of Christians. Powell does not care about this country.
    Sunday, October 12, 2008
    HYMAN: Obama’s Kenya ghosts
    Mark Hyman-Washington Times
    COMMENTARY:
    About 50 parishioners were locked into the Assemblies of God church before it was set ablaze. They were mostly women and children. Those who tried to flee were hacked to death by machete-wielding members of a mob numbering 2,000.
    The 2008 New Year Day atrocity in the Kenyan village Eldoret, about 185 miles northwest of Nairobi, had all the markings of the Rwanda genocide of a decade earlier.
    By mid-February 2008, more than 1,500 Kenyans were killed. Many were slain by machete-armed attackers. More than 500,000 were displaced by the religious strife. Villages lay in ruin. Many of the atrocities were perpetrated by Muslims against Christians.
    The violence was led by supporters of Raila Odinga, the opposition leader who lost the Dec. 27, 2007, presidential election by more than 230,000 votes. Odinga supporters began the genocide hours after the final election results were announced Dec. 30. Mr. Odinga was a member of Parliament representing an area in western Kenya, heavily populated by the Luo tribe, and the birthplace of Barack Obama’s father.
    Mr. Odinga had the backing of Kenya’s Muslim community heading into the election. For months he denied any ties to Muslim leaders, but fell silent when Sheik Abdullahi Abdi, chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, appeared on Kenya television displaying a memorandum of understanding signed on Aug. 29, 2007, by Mr. Odinga and the Muslim leader. Mr. Odinga then denied his denials.
    The details of the MOU were shocking. In return for Muslim backing, Mr. Odinga promised to impose a number of measures favored by Muslims if he were elected president. Among these were recognition of “Islam as the only true religion,” Islamic leaders would have an “oversight role to monitor activities of ALL other religions [emphasis in original],” installation of Shariah courts in every jurisdiction, a ban on Christian preaching, replacement of the police commissioner who “allowed himself to be used by heathens and Zionists,” adoption of a women’s dress code, and bans on alcohol and pork.
    This was not Mr. Odinga’s first brush with notoriety. Like his father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, the main opposition leader in the 1960s and 1970s, Raila Odinga is a Marxist He graduated from East Germany’s Magdeburg University in 1970 on a scholarship provided by the East German government. He named his oldest son after Fidel Castro.
    Raila Odinga was implicated in the bloody coup attempt in 1982 against then-President Daniel Arap Moi, a close ally of the United States. Kenya has been one of the most stable democracies in Africa since the 1960s. The ethnic cleansing earlier this year was the worst violence in Kenya since that 1982 coup attempt.
    Mr. Odinga spent eight years in prison. At the time, he denied guilt but later detailed he was a coup leader in his 2006 biography. Statue of limitations precluded further prosecution when the biography appeared.
    Initially, Mr. Odinga was not the favored opposition candidate to stand in the 2007 election against President Mwai Kibaki, who was seeking his second term. However, he received a tremendous boost when Sen. Barack Obama arrived in Kenya in August 2006 to campaign on his behalf. Mr. Obama denies that supporting Mr. Odinga was the intention of his trip, but his actions and local media reports tell otherwise.
    Mr. Odinga and Mr. Obama were nearly inseparable throughout Mr. Obama’s six-day stay. The two traveled together throughout Kenya and Mr. Obama spoke on behalf of Mr. Odinga at numerous rallies. In contrast, Mr. Obama had only criticism for Kibaki. He lashed out against the Kenyan government shortly after meeting with the president on Aug. 25. “The [Kenyan] people have to suffer over corruption perpetrated by government officials,” Mr. Obama announced.
    “Kenyans are now yearning for change,” he declared. The intent of Mr. Obama’s remarks and actions was transparent to Kenyans – he was firmly behind Mr. Odinga.
    Mr. Odinga and Mr. Obama had met several times before the 2006 trip. Reports indicate Mr. Odinga visited Mr. Obama during trips to the U.S. in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Mr. Obama sent his foreign policy adviser Mark Lippert to Kenya in early 2006 to coordinate his summer visit. Mr. Obama’s August trip coincided with strategizing by Orange Democratic Movement leaders to defeat Mr. Kibaki in the upcoming elections. Mr. Odinga represented the ODM ticket in the presidential race.
    Mr. Odinga and Mr. Obama’s father were both from the Luo community, the second-largest tribe in Kenya, but their ties run much deeper. Mr. Odinga told a stunned BBC Radio interviewer the reason why he and Mr. Obama were staying in near daily telephone contact was because they were cousins. In a Jan. 8, 2008, interview, Mr. Odinga said Mr. Obama had called him twice the day before while campaigning in the New Hampshire primary before adding, “Barack Obama’s father is my maternal uncle.”
    President Kibaki requested a meeting of all opposition leaders in early January in an effort to quell the violence. All agreed to attend except Mr. Odinga. A month later, Mr. Kibaki offered Mr. Odinga the role of prime minister, the de facto No. 2 in the Kenyan government, in return for an end to the attacks. Mr. Odinga was sworn in on April 17, 2008.
    Mr. Obama’s judgment is seriously called into question when he backs an official with troubling ties to Muslim extremists and whose supporters practice ethnic cleansing and genocide. It was Islamic extremists in Kenya who bombed the U.S. Embassy in 1998, killing more than 200 and injuring thousands. None of this has dissuaded Mr. Obama from maintaining disturbing loyalties.
    Mark Hyman is an award-winning news commentator for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.

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  3. arthurdecco says:

    “That said, there’s also no particular upside in Barack Obama dumping on Powell, or bringing up the Iraq/”war criminal” stuff so beloved of the blogmobs.” Jay C
    “Iraq/”war criminal” stuff”?!?!?
    Yeah, you mean “Iraq/”war criminal” stuff” like the systematic and deliberate destruction of a whole country at the behest of a “shitty little country” and their treasonous dual citizen American enablers and propagandizers, in cooperation with a co-opted media monster and an insatiable, bloated and rapacious war machine in need of blanket destruction to validate its existence shouldn’t mean a thing to you or us? The deaths of more than a million people? The political corruption and filth that have resulted from allowing WAR KRIMINALs like “shoe shine boy”, Powell to ramrod an ILLEGAL war against an innocent country down the throats of Americans?
    You are one sick puppy, Jay – the owner of a slouching intellect – an immoral poster child of the collapse of moral America.
    BTW, having our individual voices lumped indiscriminately together under the heading, “blogmobs” when you were typing may have seemed clever at the time to you, Jay C. It may have even brought a smile to your face. But it wasn’t clever. It was stupid. It was facile. It was lazy thinking.
    The clever commentary on this thread at least, has been submitted by the “blogmobbers” who have nailed this self-promoting, cowardly, lying sack of shit, war criminal, Powell for what he is – an American tragedy – a warning to all who come after him on how NOT to live your life and misrepresent your nation.
    If he were to appear in front of an audience where I could see him, I would organize a campaign to have everyone there turn their backs to the stage while he spoke and then I would attempt to arrest him as a war criminal once he stuttered to a stop.
    This creep deserves a 6 by 8 prison cell – certainly not the fees and respect he receives for spreading his self-serving lies.
    (& POA, as usual – a tour de force. Thank you.)

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  4. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Jay C….
    In other words, “thats what he has to do”.
    Don’t rock the boat.
    Don’t be honest.
    Don’t call a liar a liar, a thief a thief, or a crime a crime.
    It is your willing acceptance of insincere posturing that is neither reality based or representative of the people’s interests that has brought us to this sad end. Accountability and truth has been discarded with your willing complicity. You deserve the liars and thieves you abet. Unfortunately, there are vast numbers of us that do NOT deserve the fruits of your complicity.
    I find your willing acceptance equally as despicable as Rush Limbaugh’s willing complicity. As a team, your two mindests have brought this nation to where it now finds itself.
    If we as a people do not demand the truth, where is the incentive to give it to us?

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  5. Jay C says:

    Whatever value Gen. Powell’s endorsement might have (for either candidate), it probably won’t really amount to much: sadly or justifiably, Colin Powell is yesterday’s news; and who he feels would make the better President is, truth to tell, probably pretty low on the public’s scale of relevance.
    That said, there’s also no particular upside in Barack Obama dumping on Powell, or bringing up the Iraq/”war criminal” stuff so beloved of the blogmobs. Obama isn’t President yet, and will need every single milligram of goodwill he can muster in order to get to the White House. Turning anybody off by any sort of spinnable “slight” is, IMO, a sure electoral loser.
    If Gen. Powell does endorse Obama, I think the Senator should just acknowledge it politely, say a few (meaningless) nice words, and move on to more important electioneering. Powell’s relevance/irrelevance will be what it is: no sense in needlessly antagonizing opinions.

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  6. maye says:

    I disagree that a Powell endorsement this late in the game is useless. It will dominate the news cycle for at least three days and will focus national attention on Obama’s position on the Iraq War. With only 17 days left, three days of news could provide some momentum one way or the other.

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  7. DonS says:

    A bit off toppic perhaps but,for those who haven’t seen the performance of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on “Hardball”, this is what it comes to when “good people”, even if they don’t mislead, say nothing in the face of evil. She lumps the entire Democratic party, not just Obama as a “the most leftist” and “Anti-American”, channeling Joe McCarthy, with a smile on her face. Catch the link,also, of the outraged Katrina Vandenheuvel Now THAT’S outrage we can believe in. She uses the word many of us have used, and with reason, for years: “fascism”.
    http://thinkprogress.org/2008/10/17/bachmann-anti-american/

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  8. DCrealist says:

    I would applaud a Powell endorsement of Barack Obama.

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  9. PissedOffAmerican says:

    I hope this piece of shit Powell reads this blog, and sees how people that are not politically naive see him. He and his masters have brought this nation to its knees, and killed on a genocidal scale while doing it.
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Obama publically stated he did not want, or require, the endorsement of a war criminal? But such displays of political courage and honesty are far away in our past, and the truth now holds no stead in a circus of liars and thieves. Obama doesn’t even possess the integrity or courage to underscore the danger represented by this lying wackjob Palin. Its all posturing and political doublespeak, justified by a public that eternally blathers on about “thats what they have to do”.
    Obama’s one redeeming asset is the fact he isn’t John McCain. God help us.

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  10. Arsene says:

    The best thing that can be said about Colin is that his was a life of missed opportunities and wrong choices.
    Harry Belafonte described him to a tee…”shoe shine boy” for the Republicans.
    And then there’s Michael Powell. That whole family is dysfunctional, which means they fit right in with the Bush crowd.

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  11. DonS says:

    And one last thing, gauging the pretty much unanimous anti-Powell feeling in comments here:
    Maybe its still (gasp) the Vietnam thing, in part, for those old enough to have a visceral reaction to the lying and duplicity and moral shame that fiasco brought on our militry and our country.
    And maybe its that Powell, far from being humbled by that fiasco, uses his good fortune to perpetrate another hollow, lying, duplicitous, disaster on our country and Iraq, and STILL gets welcomed hereabouts and elsewhere as a man of honor.
    And he still can’t say an unqualified straight, honest, unhomogenized word on the side of the good. Obama will no doubt laud him.

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  12. YY says:

    Too little, too late.

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  13. rapier says:

    It needs to be said again and again. Without Powell on the W train there never would have been a president Bush. Gore would have won. Huge portions of mildly interested voters knew W was ignorant but always stated, as I saw in my local paper, “that he would have good advisors” They were talking about Powell.
    Then he stood next to Bush at the ranch doing the presumptions winner shtick even as he know Cheney was already stabbing him in the back, and was since the day he selected himself as VP. It’s hard to measure the lack of self respec.

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  14. alan says:

    I shake my head when I read this “insider stuff” that Steve puts out there: all hush hush, confidential; I can’t talk about it. Powell lied before the UN and was party to a despicable act that led to the war in Iraq. He has never apologised in public for this. Had he done so things would have turned for the better for him as far as his reputation is concerned. We Americans suck up apologies like a sponge. Say “sorry” and all is forgiven. His sidekick, Armirage is no better with his loose talk about Plame to Novak.. I don’t care if Powell endorses either candidate. He should get on with his good works and keep Steve and his friends happy with all this serious and super confidential stuff that us plebes are not allowed to know.

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  15. Vigilante says:

    I argue that for Obama’s own good, General Powell ought nought to endorse the Senator.

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  16. OCPatrriot says:

    A day late and a dollar short. Bush, like Circe, had the strange ability to turn people into swine. Colin Powell is an example of this. He did lie,has kept silent too long, has never apologized, even withholds his endorsement till he can see exactly how the wind of change is blowing. Like Hamlet, he is undone by his indecison. The tragedy of the Good Soldier Powell.

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  17. Joe Klein's conscience says:

    Tony C.:
    Steve respects Hagel too, despite Hagel not speaking out when people like Murtha did. Why has Hagel kept quiet now? He’s leaving the Senate. His wife has donated to Obama’s campaign(and even sat next to Michelle at the debate earlier this week). Notice how “HoJo” Lieberman gets all sort of press, but someone like Lincoln Chafee supporting Obama gets no coverage at all? Lincoln Chafee is the one that deserves respect. Hagel and Powell, not so much.

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  18. Douglas says:

    If Colin Powell actually does endorse he really has lost his mind
    and any concern he has for the safety of this country.

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  19. Bill R. says:

    There’s redemption for everyone, even Colin Powell.
    I wonder if Lawrence O’Donnell has any inside knowledge or if he’s just blowing smoke when he asserts Powell will endorse Obama.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-odonnell/colin-powell-is-ready-to_b_134777.html

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  20. Steve Allen says:

    Please, Colin, don’t do Barack Obama any favors.

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  21. Zathras says:

    Maybe yes, maybe no, maybe rain, maybe snow. Didn’t General Marshall, of whom Colin Powell is said to be an admirer, use to say “don’t fight the problem; decide it”?
    Eight years ago this story mattered; four years ago it would have mattered a lot. Now it’s just Mike Allen flogging a “dog bites man” story. Nothing against Powell personally, or for him either, but you’re either in the game or you’re not. He hasn’t been in since he resigned from the State Department. That’s not a criticism. I can think of lots of other men in public life who could take a lesson in knowing when it’s time to get out and stay out. It’s just that sitting in on a talk show and announcing an endorsement two weeks before an election that’s just about over already doesn’t strike me as a big deal.

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  22. susan says:

    In my opinion, Sirota nails it:
    A Note About Colin Powell…
    by: David Sirota
    Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 19:00
    “Just a little note on Colin Powell, who many believe will appear on Meet the Press to endorse Barack Obama this weekend. If this happens, the elite media will be ablaze with stories talking about how awesome and Serious and Respected Colin Powell is. While this propaganda will be good in its short-term benefit to Obama, it will be horrific in the long-term sense of our country’s ability to recognize its worst decisions and move forward from them.
    Let’s just remember: Colin Powell is one of the major reasons we went to war in Iraq. In his 2003 United Nations speech, he perpetrated one of the biggest frauds in the history of international diplomacy – a fraud that, in terms of its blood-and-guts ramifications, dwarfs major scandals like Watergate.
    The idea that being endorsed by someone like that is a good thing – well, that logic may fly in the television studios of New York and D.C., but it shouldn’t fly anywhere else. A person whose most important legacy is destroying America’s international credibility shouldn’t be seen as a Serious or Respectable person, nor an asset to any campaign, no matter how many apologists – liberal or conservative – claim that “behind the scenes” Powell was really a good guy. He wasn’t a good guy – he was one of the handful of people who quite literally lied us into a war. That the elite media imparts even an ounce of credibility to this dishonest yes-man is not a commentary on Powell’s alleged positive attributes. It is a reflection of the elite media’s deep disdain for the facts and truth it purports to respect.
    UPDATE: I just have to respond to some commenters who are denying the truism that Colin Powell was one of the major reasons we went to war. If you don’t believe that simple fact, then you must have been temporarily lobotomized during 2003. Apparently, you forgot about his U.N. presentation – one of the single most decisive factors in pushing us to war. Sure, there were certainly other Bush officials who helped get us into war. But to deny that Colin Powell was a major factor in sending us into a war based on lies is to quite literally deny that the sky is blue.”

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  23. rapier says:

    I suppose he figures he’ll get a job out of it. I think the leadership gigs are dying out.
    If it happens that is. It would be better if he remained loyal to the end and went down with the ship. Supporting his patrons to the end. For better or for worse. Even after they abused him again and again and again. Used him up and threw him away. The premier Quisling of American history. A man who could have been president but instead chose loyalty, to a bunch of idiots. I’d retain a certain amount of respect, of an odd and cynical kind for him then.

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  24. Heidi LI says:

    The moment I knew that Colin Powell could not be taken seriously was the moment he published a NYT op-ed objecting to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and claiming that racial integration of the military was *completely* different than allowing gay service members to serve and be out. Whatever your position on gays in the military, for Colin Powell to claim that the arguments used against racial integration of the armed forces were spurious but when the exact same arguments were used against openly gay and lesbian people serving in the military these arguments were compelling was an early sign of deep bad faith on Powell’s part.

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  25. PissedOffAmerican says:

    I suspect that Powell will do whatever Cheney and Bush tell him to do. After all, they own him, don’t they? With what he undoubtedly knows, he could put Bush/Cheney behind bars. He hasn’t done it, so one must assume his head is still firmly implanted up George Bush’s ass.
    Whats it like, Colin, waking up every morning to the realization that you helped MURDER over one million Iraqis?

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  26. Tony C. says:

    Steve –
    Along with others – obviously – I am disappointed that you treat
    Powell with such apparent respect. He was deeply complicit in one
    of the greatest strategic disasters on U.S. history, and is also partly
    culpable for the unnecessary death and maiming of hundreds of
    thousands of innocent Iraqis and U.S. soldiers.
    Let me guess: everyone makes mistakes?
    Regards,
    Tony C.

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  27. Bill R. says:

    For what it’s worth, here’s the poll results of the Online 100 politicos from Pollster.com:
    “Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is scheduled to appear on Meet the Press this Sunday. There has been much speculation by mainstream media and bloggers that Powell will use this appearance to endorse a presidential candidate, but whether it will be Barack Obama or John McCain is still in question.
    Today, Online100 panel members predicted which candidate they think Powell will endorse. 75% of the panel thinks Powell will endorse Barack Obama; 12% thinks he will endorse McCain. 13% were unsure of Powell’s choice. ”

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  28. daCascadian says:

    Mr. Powell has never been able to take a principled stand when the chips were down & now it is far too late.
    Here are two examples where he chose to walk the easy path instead of a principled one :
    1) MyLai
    2) Iraq WMD presentation at UN
    As a Vietnam vet I can understand his MyLai behavior (though I don`t support it) but his Iraq WMD performance is simply unexcuseable.
    “…We have had 30 years of class warfare, in which the wealthy strip-mined the middle class….” Joe Klein

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  29. Spunkmeyer says:

    An endorsement by Powell would have had much more impact in
    the primaries — or even right after he clenched the nomination —
    than it would now.

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  30. DonS says:

    Digby says:
    Oh Who Cares
    Is there any value in an endorsement that comes in the last two weeks of a campaign where the endorsee is substantially ahead? It wouldn’t hurt to have General Luke Warmwater come out for Obama, but I don’t see why anyone but the Villagers will give a damn.
    http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/oh-who-cares-by-digby-is-there-any.html
    Digby vs Clemons “the Villager”.
    No secret Steve thinks a lot of Powell. No secret many of us don’t. Not even remotely.

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  31. Dan Kervick says:

    Apparently the McCain campaign is quite pissed with Bill Kristol, and has been engaged in a war of words with him over the public advice Kristol has been giving them. Kristol is the guy who pushed Sarah Palin for VP, a piece of advice the campaign now regards as an unmitigated disaster.

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  32. Carroll says:

    I could care less what Powell has to say. He is a zero, a nothing. A gutless, cowardly wonder who put his own career above the country while other real men spoke up and took the slings and arrows.
    Every time I read about Powell attending WH dinners and parties after his ‘dismissal’ and accepting gifts from people like Prince Bandar it made me want to throw up.
    Go away Powell. You are a joke to real soliders and real men and women patriots. You have no reputation to sell anymore.
    The only possible people who could care about Powell are that 20% of the public that still doesn’t know that everything he said at the UN was a lie and he knew it.

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  33. Frank says:

    Just a hunch – maybe McCain’s October surprise will be Powell announcing he has accepted McCain’s offer to take Palin’s spot on the ticket, after she decided to drop out for “personal reasons”..

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  34. Cato says:

    I’ve said this before on this blog and will say it again: Colin Powell is a WAR CRIMINAL! Why anyone would care about a war criminal’s opinion on anything simply escapes me. He is just one more element in a rotten, morally corrupt DC establishment. Until we learn to disregard the DC establishment and their hopelessly skewed, constantly wrong conventional wisdom (“Iraq is full of WMDs;” “It’s impossible that real estate values will ever go down”), there will be no progress in this country. Please stop lionizing WAR CRIMINALS like Powell.

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  35. carol says:

    I really don’t care if Colin Powell endorces Sen Obama or not….he lost my respect when he went before the U.N. and made the case for the war we are still in now in Iraq!!!!
    He knew this decision was based on a lie and it would have served him better to have resigned his post and leave that job with self respect.
    It’s no good coming out now and supporting the man who did have the guts to say this war was a mistake and stand by it.
    It seems like the USS McCain is sinking fast and he wants to jump ship before it sinks completely…no, I have no interest in his endorcemnet one way or the other.

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  36. John Baker says:

    I believe Mr. Powell is a remarkable American, and has served his
    country well. There are many who feel the same way. I hope that he
    endorses Senator Obama, and considers acting as, at a minimum,
    and advisor.

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  37. Bill R. says:

    Powell’s endorsement would help with independents. And given his treatment at the hands of the Bush regime, and the current racist tenor of the McCain campaign, I can only think he would be drawn to endorse Obama. I heard his comments on a PBS radio panel of former SOS. He clearly repudiates the McCain line on foreign policy about non-negotiation.

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  38. Arsene says:

    Powell’s endorsement isn’t important. It just shows now that he’s joining the bandwagon.
    Not like when he was out in front of pushing the country into war based on false and misleading information.
    A disgraced Secretary of State for a disgraced, corrupt administration.

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  39. Mr.Murder says:

    We had to kill and rape a village in order to save it.
    Powell’s epitaph.

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  40. Mike Q says:

    At some level I agree with these comments. I think the Administration used Powell’s eminent status around the world to get acceptance for the war. I think Powell knew they were doing this, and I think he agreed with it; I don’t think he was forced.
    That said, I think I understand where Steve is coming from with these kinds of posts. It’s very possible that Powell wanted to present a moderating influence in the Bush White House. Everything I’ve read has suggested that Powell was against many of the extreme neo-con positions of Cheney and Rumsfeld. Washington insiders give people like Powell a lot of credit for attempting to change things from the inside, and I think Steve goes along with this. A switch to Obama would be significant in these terms; Powell has toed the line all this time in an attempt to change things from the inside, and the endorsement would be a really strong rejection (in Insider terms) of Republican foreign-policy strategies.

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  41. jamzo says:

    who cares?

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  42. Jim says:

    Blast!! My opinion is pretty close to Jeremy Willett’s! Not Steve’s! I
    guess anyone who read the comment could figure that out, but I
    feel stupid and must make public amends.

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  43. Jim says:

    My opinion of Colin Powell is pretty close to Steve’s. His support
    was won of the things that put GW Bush up over Al Gore, and his
    cowardly acquiescence to Rumsfeld and Cheney is the reason this
    country is where it is. He was never willing to stick his neck out, to
    make himself controversial, in order to stop what he, according to
    virtually every source I’ve seeen, thought was a mistake (I suppose
    it may be that the CW on this is wrong).
    That is why I will be more surprised than not if Colin Powell actually
    takes a stand one way or another in this election.
    Just remember, after having been emasculated and humiliated, and
    used for his electoral appeal twice, Powell wanted to stay on as a
    useless, figurehead SoS. He didn’t quit. He was fired.

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  44. Jeremy Willett says:

    I was looking forward to Powell’s clear eyed assessment of the aerial photos that I knew proved nothing about Iraq’s possession of WMD. Yet Powell went in front of the UN and lied.
    Colin Powell is one of the most admired mediocrities in U.S. history. I have no respect for him. I think he’s a coward, in fact.
    Mr. Clemons, you should know better by now than to venerate such people.

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