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

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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