Colin Powell

I am lifting the photo and the quote from this site. Because Powell addressed an issue of tremendous importance, and he had the bravery to answer that vile question, “Isn’t Obama a Muslim”? with the noble words McCain himself should have uttered when confronted with similar allegations.

Here is what Colin Powell said yesterday when he announced his endorsement of Obama.

And it is permitted to be said such things as, “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?

…I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards–Purple Heart, Bronze Star–showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn’t have a Christian cross, it didn’t have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life.

Powell, as I said before, screwed up terribly and can’t be entirely forgiven for his role in leading us into a stupid, pointless and horrific war. But he has proven what I always believed about him, namely that he is a decent person who never belonged in the toxic environment known as the Bush Administration. I feel a little prouder to be an American when I read the words above, as I also feel ashamed of those among us who have fomented racism and hatred, and cynically used it as a political tool. (I’m talking to you and you, among others.)

As the reporter said, turning on Powell now would be the costiest error for the GOP, keeping his endorsement of Obama on the front pages. Let’s hope Rush and Michelle and the like keep it up.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 58 Comments

with the noble words McCain himself should have uttered when confronted with similar allegations

Well he’s already challenged his own supporters over similar incidents including the episode where a woman claimed he was an Arab. He’s even said things about Obama that made Republicans boo him.

When did Obama ever say anything nice about McCain that made Democrats boo him?

October 20, 2008 @ 7:42 pm | Comment

Raj, Obama has been booed at his conventions for praising Palin. Even the most cursory of searches would have shown you as much.

October 20, 2008 @ 8:38 pm | Comment

Sorry, didn’t find them. You’ll need to point me in the right direction.

October 20, 2008 @ 9:13 pm | Comment

I can’t believe that colin powell endorsed obama. powell was the worst gen. we have ever had in this great country of ours. that just goes to show you what kind of person he is. He has shown his true colors… if it wasn’t for the mistakes he made in the first gulf war we wouldn’t had to go back to iraq and finnished the job. Powell is like the rest of the morons being fooled by this two bit thug that is trying to act like somebody he is not. beware of the smooth talker…

October 20, 2008 @ 10:13 pm | Comment

furtog, what did you think Powell did wrong in the first Iraq war? Do you know whether it was his call? Or perhaps he knew all along what a disaster it would be to take down Saddam Hussein with out a hugely expensive and difficult plan to keep the country from drowning in a bloodbath.

Meanwhile, it’s nice to see that Obama recognizes what Powell can bring to the table:

Colin Powell will have a role as a top presidential adviser in an Obama administration, the Democratic White House hopeful said Monday.

“He will have a role as one of my advisers,” Barack Obama said on NBC’s “Today” in an interview aired Monday, a day after Powell, a four-star general and President Bush’s former secretary of state, endorsed him.

“Whether he wants to take a formal role, whether that’s a good fit for him, is something we’d have to discuss,” Obama said.

Being a top presidential adviser, especially on foreign policy, would be familiar ground to Powell on a subject that’s relatively new to the freshman Illinois senator. Obama has struggled to establish his foreign policy credentials against GOP candidate John McCain, a decorated military veteran, former prisoner of war and ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

It’s going to be such a relief. Finally, a real government.

October 20, 2008 @ 10:20 pm | Comment

What Powell did wrong was to blatently lie about WMD (willful ignorance is lying) and then create what he called the “Pottery Barn Doctrine,” which, near as I can tell, is what has kept us in Iraq until now. Bush I got in and got out. The Pottery Barn Doctrine (if you break it you must fix it), is what has kept us there. I will no sooner forgive Powell than I forgive Rumsfeld. I was far more impressed with Fareed Zakaria’s (sp?) endorsement of Obama and his reasons for it.

October 20, 2008 @ 11:17 pm | Comment

I remember when Powell made his Pottery Barn remark, and I heard it as a very wise warning he made to Bush BEFORE the invasion – an attempt to try to talk him out of it, or at least to get the man-boy to realize what he was getting us into:

‘You are going to be the proud owner of 25 million people,’ he told the president. ‘You will own all their hopes, aspirations, and problems. You’ll own it all.’ Privately, Powell and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage called this the Pottery Barn rule: You break it, you own it.[

Along the lines of , you went in and did it all wrong and now the country is in flames – you can’t just walk away now, you idiots.

Powell didn’t come out and use the term in public until 2006, long after we were already stuck in the quagmire. Had Bush understood the PBD when Powell warned him, maybe we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Kind of funny, me defending a Republican…. About Zakaria’s endorsement, that was excellent as well and a further step forward for Obama. Powell’s endorsement, however, will have a greater impact for some fairly obvious reasons, i.e., his being a Republican, former SoS, one of the most esteemed black officials in US history and a man so popular that McCain considered him as a possible running mate.

October 20, 2008 @ 11:28 pm | Comment

So now the Left will defend Powell when before he was just an uncle tom like me.
Anytime a Liberal praises a republican(even Obama when he tried praising Ragan in his own bizarre way) the left goes into a frenzy and starts acting like these people are off their rocker and as soon as a republican praises a Liberal they have come to their senses. And this is the same case. In Powell endorsing Obama any one can say what they will but “transforming figure” means black and any black person raised in black society knows that is exactly what this is. And Hey I can’t say I can blame Collin and I do have respect for him but I understand it more as one black to another. I admit I figured he was immune to it, but no one is perfect. I am just sad now that the left can twist it into something it is not, I wish Powell would just say it plain although he did say he was a transforming figure so In his own way he did say it with out selling out too bad but please liberals around the world don’t get it twisted spoken or unspoken we all know what this is.

October 20, 2008 @ 11:47 pm | Comment

I always praised Colin Powell. Always. Where did you see him accused of being an Uncle Tom? Serious question. I never heard that about Powell. An “Oreo,” yes, but never an Uncle Tom. That would be outrageous.

I basically find your entire comment kind of bizarre and indecipherable. Lots of straw men and generalities. And very garbled syntax, especially in that last sentence. Please feel free to restate a little more clearly.

October 20, 2008 @ 11:52 pm | Comment

Colin Powell will have a role as a top presidential adviser in an Obama administration, the Democratic White House hopeful said Monday.

True but on top of that I personally think it goes deeper but they are my own little theories which stemmed fro when he first stepped down. I think He will need amnesty in the years coming when some things come out, but again I could be wrong these have been theories of mine for a couple years now pertaining to a few incidents which occurred so maybe this is a way for him to secure some leverage regardless of who wins. But again I think Collin a tremendous role model regardless of shortcomings as we are all human and prone to mistakes and bad judgment ( that is the difference between liberals and conservatives) Conservatives recognize love and compassion, exceptance and forgiveness. Liberals are always only about themselves, agenda and proving themselves to be right. Eletists in short. Oh well, I think in the end the Powell endorsement will do more harm than good at least in the black community cause we get it start to finish. It is the whites who burry their heads in the sand.

October 20, 2008 @ 11:54 pm | Comment

Yes, Ayesha, Powell’s endorsement will certainly do Obama “more harm than good at least in the black community,” and I wouldn’t be surprised if it drives millions of blacks right into the McCain-Palin camp. Thanks for sharing.

October 20, 2008 @ 11:59 pm | Comment

not millions but it will for sure drive some as they see how clor blinds us and it will keep others from voting. again not millions but many. In my community already many are deciding to not vote, there is much pain and anxed about the whole Obama thing. You want to vote for a black guy regardless of policy because he is black and that is life altering to most but for some it does not settle well – can I really do this and as we try to formulate and justify to ourselves is is not just because he is black, we hold on to that but then something like this, Collin Powell who blacks have seen as enemy they will have a vail lifted saying yeah being black means more than being christian or american. And that I hope will be a great awakening not only for this election but the black community in general. that prejudice will finaaly start loosing its strangle hold on my people.

October 21, 2008 @ 12:06 am | Comment

sorry for the typos had to go fast ://

October 21, 2008 @ 12:07 am | Comment

and the Uncle Tom remark – are you black? Ok I know the answer cause well we talk differently To whites and others than with in. Oreo LOL it has been a long time since I heard that term.

October 21, 2008 @ 12:10 am | Comment

ok RESTATED – to be more comprehendible sorry for my bad writing style and poor grammar
I wish Powell would have just said yes I want to vote for a black guy and think it will change something instead of calling him a transforming figure. How would he be transforming if he was white? But in him saying it that way, transforming, it seems less like I am selling out but that I am thinking about changing the world. Like only a black guy can do that. So in Powell’s own way he did say I am endorsing him cause he is black. The part that sucks though is now liberals (white liberals, cause black people know the truth) can try to twist things like he (Powell) is endorsing Obama because of policy or something more revolutionary than color. But in the end no matter how it in spun we all know (those who live in the realm of reality and not in a fantasy world) the reason.

I didn’t realize I would have to spell that out in such basic terms, Sorry I forgot…. NM no need for sarcasim I will forgo taking a pot shot, as hard as it is ://

October 21, 2008 @ 12:17 am | Comment

Powell is a patriot. The first Bush administration and intelligence chiefs set him up, and he willingly fell on his sword.

What he said about what’s wrong with a 7 year old Muslim kid dreaming of being president is interesting to me. I agree. But I also recognize that not all Americans can be president. Like my daughter, one day I’ll have to tell her no, you can’t be president. I will only do so if she asks me directly.

October 21, 2008 @ 1:22 am | Comment

i suggest to everyone who thinks they are certain of powell’s role in making the case for war to take a look at a great pbs documentary, Bush’s war. powell was mainly used by the administration so that they had some credibility in the world and was opposed to the whole idea – and as a result was consequently kicked out by bush once he did what they needed from him.

also, i was totally thinking about that arab comment myself. The woman says “I read he’s an Arab” and mccain responds “no ma’am, he’s a decent family man.” WTF?? So Arabs can’t be decent family men? why did no one pick up on this earlier?

October 21, 2008 @ 1:29 am | Comment

Forward Thinking 101
using simple deduction…

looks like Obama will win the election…

the people have spoken, they want change…finally someone that will change things…hmmm…

1. The overall media controlled by you know who was totally behind Obama…from the start…

2. 28% of Obama’s money was donated by republicans…and More than half of the whopping $426.9

million Barack Obama has raised has come from small donors whose names the Obama campaign won’t

disclose, plus secret donors from overseas. The internet service providers (ISP) they were able to

trace were from Saudi Arabia , Iran , and other Middle Eastern countries. One of the banks used for

fund transfers was also located in Saudi Arabia. Another concentrated group of donations was traced

to a Chinese ISP with a similar pattern of limited credit card charges. 13,000,000 clustered

donations around $15 each…hmmm when he wins maybe the extra half a billion money donated can be

used for the economy…

3. it was discovered that Obama is a distant cousin of Lynn Cheney…

4. the republicans have never had the courage or concept of picking a woman as a vice presidential

candidate, its not their style… Obama refused several woman and McCain chose a woman…kind of
reversed roles…

5. All Things Considered, August 29, 2008 · The Country song Only in America filled the stadium

Thursday night after Barack Obama’s acceptance speech. The song by Brooks and Dunn was also featured
in the last GOP convention and the campaign of George W. Bush.

6. WASHINGTON – With or without a formal title, Colin Powell will have Barack Obama’s ear if the

Democratic presidential candidate wins the White House in the Nov. 4 election, the candidate said

Monday Oct. 20th 2008,
“He will have a role as one of my advisers,” Barack Obama said on NBC’s “Today” in an interview

aired Monday, a day after Powell, a republican, a four-star general and President Bush’s former

secretary of state, endorsed him.

hmmm…

wonder why all the republicans have picked Obama…
maybe they want change…I guess either way they win?

they did it better this time…
very clever concept, and they get more clever every time…

we the people feel great we won…
now be happy and get back to work…

any questions….

October 21, 2008 @ 2:03 am | Comment

hey weirdo is it true aliens abducted JFK?

October 21, 2008 @ 2:18 am | Comment

Winston Churchill said something about a young man who is not a socialist does not have a heart. An old man who is a socialist does not have a head. When a young man Barack Obama apparently had heart and has a record that heartless young men now use to label him “liberal”. Now that he is 47 he is no longer a young man. His challenge now is to become the churchillian old man with a head. His education and behavior on the campaign trail give me some confidence that he can demonstrate that he does have conservative values of pragmatic value for what lies ahead. If he does win the election in 2008, it is still a big if and a uphill climb, he will be faced with two wars, a financial crises, a recession, and a huge budget deficit and looming problems on the horizon. I hope he is churchillain in that he has liberal values and conservative pragmatism. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will issues he will have to contend with along with a large population of palin and joe the plumber nut jobs out to hang him. Time will tell. If he fails to live up to his potential there will be another election in 2012 to make a change and also a midterm congressional election in 2010.

The honorable McCain could have been a maverick and confronted the palin and joe the plumber nut jobs who have a stranglehold on his party and selected Joe Lieberman or Mitt Romney to be his running mate. Sure it most likely would have cost him the election, but he could have led the republican party in a new direction., but he wants to be president more than he wants to reform the republican party. So now with have two more weeks were the same operatives who smeared McCain in 2000 with anonymous phone calls about his “black” child are now working for him to run the same operation against his opponent.

I still believe John McCain has values but he has compromised them for politics. Powell is the kind of man who does not compromise his values for any reason. Obama has demonstrated he has more commitment to his values than McCain. Palin only values herself and is using her sex to manipulate another old man to take another step up the ladder with her only real goal of getting bigger checks from the alaskan oil and gas industry for her family.

October 21, 2008 @ 3:23 am | Comment

@Raj – Obama was booed in his speech where he praised Sarah Palin as “a terrific person with a compelling story”, go check the video.

@Dan – Now why do you want to go digging up old news? Don’t you know that being angry over the abscence of WMD is so 2005? Anyway, I thought they found them, as , apparently, does more than half the US public:

http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/articles/brunitedstatescanadara/238.php?nid=&id=&pnt=238&lb=brusc

Now who were we talking about? Oh yeah – Colin Powell, isn’t he a hero? I saw something about that on TV.

October 21, 2008 @ 5:32 am | Comment

Okay, I didn’t think it was possible but the comments just got even weirder with Jules’ contribution. Sort of like a 911 conspiracy evangelist.

Foarp, H.L. Mencken once said, more or less, ” “No one ever lost any money underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

October 21, 2008 @ 9:53 am | Comment

This site used to be about China. Now its just a platform for the hosts’ political views.

October 21, 2008 @ 11:39 am | Comment

@bigdog: so what?

October 21, 2008 @ 12:35 pm | Comment

Imagine if the Powell Doctrine in Iraq had been ignored and Saddam was removed from power with international approval – we wouldn’t be there now.

October 21, 2008 @ 12:47 pm | Comment

(just to be clear, the above post is referring to Dessert Storm)

October 21, 2008 @ 12:48 pm | Comment

What he said about what’s wrong with a 7 year old Muslim kid dreaming of being president is interesting to me. I agree. But I also recognize that not all Americans can be president. Like my daughter, one day I’ll have to tell her no, you can’t be president. I will only do so if she asks me directly.

Matt, obviously those statements only make sense to you.

October 21, 2008 @ 12:50 pm | Comment

bigdog: This site used to be about China. Now its just a platform for the hosts’ political views.

You now nothing about this site. It has always been about US politics and China. It started with more of a focus on the US, and it returns to that level of focus every election year. And every single blog out there is “just a platform” for the hosts point of view. That’s what a blog is, in case you thought otherwise – a platform for an individual’s views on whatever they choose to write about – politics, music, wine, etc. No one forces you to come here so please stop whinging.

October 21, 2008 @ 4:33 pm | Comment

Gordon: Imagine if the Powell Doctrine in Iraq had been ignored and Saddam was removed from power with international approval – we wouldn’t be there now.

Not so easy to say, Was there international approval for the seizure and occupation of Iraq after “Dessert Storm”? (I love a good dessert.) And if there had been, maybe we’d still be fighting there now. This was not Colin Powell’s call, or at least not his alone. Brent Scowcroft and others had a lot of say in the matter, as well (Powell was not SoS at the time), and they calculated the risks and the long-term commitment it would encompass and decided against it. At the time I was furious. I hated Saddam and wanted to see him deposed and punished for crimes against humanity. But it turns out maybe they were smarter than I and many others gave them credit for. In any case, you can’t pin that on Powell alone, and besides, it was probably a very smart call on Bush I’s part – he had people on board who actually understood the region and its cultural challenges, and who knew it was a war we could never win except at a price that would devastate America for years.

October 21, 2008 @ 4:40 pm | Comment

The polls are in and Powell’s endorsement was a big nothing. Obama’s private religious beliefs are is own business, but someone should nail down his views concerning sharia (Islamic law). According to Obama’s biography, he was converted to Christianity by Wright. So Powell’s “always a Christian” line is just not true.

October 21, 2008 @ 7:36 pm | Comment

bigdog, you must have missed the other election seasons! It’s a Democrat site that veers into China topics for about 3 years at a time. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But if you’re not comfortable with lots of posts on US politics, just cruise out somewhere else until about February.

October 21, 2008 @ 7:56 pm | Comment

Some people really enjoy copying and pasting their comment all over the place. I wonder who they are…

Jules Avedon

http://www.stoptheaclu.com/archives/2008/10/20/an-ugly-reception-for-obama-in-north-carolina/

Search for: Forward Thinking 101

October 21, 2008 @ 9:13 pm | Comment

Gordon — good catch, thanks for playing. My child was not born in the U.S., but brought to the U.S. months old.

October 22, 2008 @ 12:08 am | Comment

my words to colin powell are “SHAME ON YOU’………
Colin Powell had been Sen John Mccain ‘FREIND’ FOR YEARS and did not even show him the respect of calling him and letting him know that he plan to endorse Obama. I guess he must have been ashamed of it. We the American people deserve better than rats that crawl in the nite. We americans should have known better about Powell since he lied about the war and we also know that BLACK will stick with BLACK .

ANN TAYLOR
GAINESVILLE, GA.

October 22, 2008 @ 2:25 am | Comment

colin has the wisdom to understand that his dear john has willfully become a member of a bizarre cult. colin also has the wisdom to understand that his friend must confront his demons much like an alcoholic has to first admit that he has a problem.

October 22, 2008 @ 4:53 am | Comment


my words to colin powell are “SHAME ON YOU’………
Colin Powell had been Sen John Mccain ‘FREIND’ FOR YEARS and did not even show him the respect of calling him and letting him know that he plan to endorse Obama. I guess he must have been ashamed of it. We the American people deserve better than rats that crawl in the nite. We americans should have known better about Powell since he lied about the war and we also know that BLACK will stick with BLACK .

ANN TAYLOR
GAINESVILLE, GA.

Good example of the kind of American genius that frequents China blogs.

Sarah Palin will be the next American President.

October 22, 2008 @ 7:49 am | Comment

No Ferin, she won’t.

With voters’ increased confidence in his ability to serve as commander in chief, as well as a majority who now believe he would do a good job as president, Barack Obama has opened up his biggest advantage over John McCain in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

With two weeks to go until Election Day, Obama now leads his Republican rival by 10 points among registered voters, 52 to 42 percent, up from 49 to 43 percent two weeks ago.

Obama’s current lead is also fueled by his strength among independent voters (topping McCain 49 to 37 percent), suburban voters (53 to 41), Catholics (50 to 44) and white women (49 to 45).

In early September, after the Republican National Convention, McCain was ahead with independents and Catholics, and narrowly trailed Obama among suburban voters.

Jeffrey, you still lurkin’ around? Scott? Peter? Gordon (“you and I both know America won’t elect a black man president”)? Matt (the wingnut one)? They’re probably busy insulating their bomb shelters and stocking up on firearms in preparation of the socialist revolution and the taking over of “their” America by the brown people.

October 22, 2008 @ 8:10 am | Comment

I watched Powell’s endorsement and whatever his motivations for saying it – it damn well needed to be said. It amazes me that many Americans can’t see the connection between hatred towards America and American villainification of other nations, races and religions.

I realize that this isn’t America or the American way … but this out-going administration (and to a large part, the one before that) made it’s easy to forget that.

October 22, 2008 @ 9:55 am | Comment

Ryan, thanks for the input. I can see the Clinton administration being criticized for many things, but not for encouraging “villainification of other nations, races and religions.” To the contrary, I think most minorities (some Cuban-Americans in Florida excepted) found Clinton to be a first-rate president. Hatred of religions and races seemed to diminish sharply in the mid-90s, and you mainly heard it on Rush Limbaugh and Michael savage’s talk shows.

October 22, 2008 @ 11:32 am | Comment

Well Clinton was the first black president, as they say. Obama will merely be the first half-black president.

October 22, 2008 @ 11:38 am | Comment

furtog,
General Colin Powel was the first person, black / white / green / male / female / whatever to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Adviser and Secretary of State. He was the first to receive the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal and TWO Presidential Medals of Freedom.

He also followed the orders he was given, and then he resigned.

All together, it sort of makes your comment about “the worst gen. we have ever had in this great country of ours.” look very shallow, un-researched, bias and stupid.

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gswafford,

Imagine if Dubious & Co had not launched a war of aggression against another sovereign nation. Imagine if Dubious & Co had not unnecessarily invaded, destroyed and oh-so-poorly occupied another nation.

Imagine if our Constitution was still intact.

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Jules Avedon,
“secret donors from overseas” ? Who let the secret out, and specifically where is the evidence?

(PS If you trace my ISP you’ll find I’m in Hong Kong. If you trace my campaign donations, you’ll discover they come through a *gasp* foreign bank. What you won’t find is that I’m an American voter.)

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Lindel,
You seem to be lost. The tin hats are meeting up over at ufo-blog.com/ufo-blog/.

October 22, 2008 @ 1:10 pm | Comment

“They’re probably busy insulating their bomb shelters and stocking up on firearms in preparation of the socialist revolution and the taking over of “their” America by the brown people.”
Sorry Richard, but I see a big discrepancy here between your treatment of certain commenters and equivalent commenters like Ferin who supposedly make “intelligent contributions”? Aren’t there more similarities than differences?

October 22, 2008 @ 1:19 pm | Comment

Not sure exactly what you mean, Kevin. Maybe I should just ban everybody? (That said, no one is banned except two or three old-time scoundrels. Please feel free to send me an email about this. Things aren’t always as clear as they may seem on the surface.)

October 22, 2008 @ 1:31 pm | Comment

I didn’t mean at all that you should ban everybody.
I simply meant that, while criticizing American rightwing nutjobs, you are far too generous to rightwing nutjobs like Ferin on the other side of the geographic spectrum: despite the fact that he is basically a drag on the entire conversation, he reportedly makes “contributions” which most of us don’t see.
Furthermore, he broke a cardinal rule for which others have been banned. Quoting from the thread below, ferin said: “To let you in on a secret, this whole persona exists for my personal amusement at your expense. “ferin” was originally a dumb American born, aspiring Uighur terrorist on a different forum.”

October 22, 2008 @ 1:45 pm | Comment

http://www.usatoday.com/money/world/2008-10-21-red-dragon-china-factories-economy_N.htm

Many economists, including Yu Yongding of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, believe that China needs to keep annual economic growth of 8% or 9% to absorb the 24 million people entering the labor force every year or risk social instability.

This threshold is scarily high… Does that mean that China must maintain a double digits growth just to maintain social harmony in the country ?

And once the China’s growth miracle will end, what will happen next when the 24 million people flow doesn’t stop coming on the market every year, in fact by this time this number should have doubled at least…

October 22, 2008 @ 6:58 pm | Comment

I apologize, wrong thread… Please delete it from here.

October 22, 2008 @ 7:02 pm | Comment

Richard — am I the wingnut one? That would be awesome if so!

October 22, 2008 @ 8:27 pm | Comment

Anyways, everything follows the correct order of things to be. Obama gets support from Powell, and Mc Cain is endorsed by Al-Qaeda.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article4989853.ece

“If al-Qaeda wants to exhaust the US militarily and economically, “impetuous” Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“If al-Qaeda carries out a big operation against American interests,” the message said, “this act will be support of McCain because it will push the Americans deliberately to vote for McCain so that he takes revenge for them against al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda then will succeed in exhausting America till its last year in it.”

October 22, 2008 @ 10:51 pm | Comment

DOR Dork

i am not lost at all i have a ring side seat in the washington dc arena.

try to be specific if you choose to get personal and do not hide behind a moniker

DORK

I donated $50 to McCain early in the primary process and would like a refund. He has made questionable decisions such as selecting a clown like palin as a running mate. he appears keen on energizing a base that most americans where happy to see on the skid and hoped would go away.

colin powell has some wisdom which is reflected in his statements about why he is endorsing Obama and not McCain.

one of colin’s faults is his loyalty. I am sure he could share a lot more damning statements and information on the inner workings of the bush administration and cheney and rumsfeld in particular, but chooses not to out of a belief that it is bad form for a public servant to air dirty laundry in public in a personal way.

DORK you would be well served to try harder to emulate Colin Powell in certain aspects of character.

If DORK believes that I should be wearing a tin hat then obviously that must be a sign of intelligence and character. If someone asks me why are you wearing a tin hat at the UFO blog I can honestly say because DORK is stupid.

I was a fan of the X-files, but did not care for the final season or the first movie. I do not actually have any interest in UFO’s or UFO theories.

But DORK when you go to the clown convention be sure to remind Sarah that I am still waiting for a refund from the McCain campaign of that $50.

October 22, 2008 @ 11:28 pm | Comment

Mc Cain is a dinosaur. He’s like an has been greatest hit political compilation of the past 50 years.

My only fear now is that we’ll witness once again a stolen election. If this happens I’m calling out for civil war. Enough is enough no ?

October 22, 2008 @ 11:45 pm | Comment

They are already starting to detect “anomalies” in the vote intentions… Preparing the terrain for another major scam. So pathetic.

October 22, 2008 @ 11:48 pm | Comment

http://www.bloggernews.net/118213

“It is apparent,” he wrote, that law enforcement officials are serving “improper political objectives” that could inhibit voter participation in the Nov. 4 election. The aim is to “suppress the vote and to unduly influence investigations and prosecutions,” Bauer wrote.

Sorry for the spamming…

October 22, 2008 @ 11:59 pm | Comment

Colin Powell betrayed America and the world. If there’s a greater good here, it is that
all power will be removed from a suicidal united snakes empire followed by the hunting down
of fraudsters within fed, treasury, and among all political ranks. Get ready Americans, the sun has set.

Now that didn’t take so long, did it?

October 23, 2008 @ 12:42 am | Comment

“Colin Powell betrayed America and the world. If there’s a greater good here, it is that
all power will be removed from a suicidal united snakes empire followed by the hunting down
of fraudsters within fed, treasury, and among all political ranks. Get ready Americans, the sun has set.”

[Act 1, Scene 1: Sec. Paulsen as a financial Shaolin Master]

Paulsen: “Snatch the US$700 billion from the US Treasury as quickly as you can. Then it will be time for you to leave.”

http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=_iaamkUEF_A&feature=related

October 23, 2008 @ 7:00 am | Comment

It’s all about RACE

— Rush

No, I’d say this is General Powell’s revenge to what he had to put up in the UN. About time.

October 23, 2008 @ 7:13 am | Comment

Wonderful column yoday by the often air-headed and grating Maureen Dow. It should be read by all, especially those who have an obsession with Muslims and immigration and race.

October 23, 2008 @ 7:59 am | Comment

“Furthermore, he broke a cardinal rule for which others have been banned. Quoting from the thread below, ferin said: ‘To let you in on a secret, this whole persona exists for my personal amusement at your expense. ‘ferin’ was originally a dumb American born, aspiring Uighur terrorist on a different forum.’”

Now, if that isn’t trolling, I don’t know what is.

October 23, 2008 @ 10:04 pm | Comment

Lindel,

Nice moniker you’ve got. Did you make it up all by yourself?

How’s the JFK conspiracy coming? Anything new this decade?

What’s the latest on your bizarre cult? Can anyone join?

October 29, 2008 @ 11:37 am | Comment

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