Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for president, saying it’s not because Obama is black.
In that case, perhaps the endorsement comes because Obama is Arabic — and I dubbed Colin Powell an “honorary Arab” back in 2001. I explained that Powell in February of that year “demanded that Israel lift its ’siege’ on the Palestinians, and later thanked Yasser Arafat for a commitment to do everything possible to end the violence.”
Powell also said he was “troubled” by Republican personal attacks on Obama, especially false intimations that Obama was Muslim….Stressing that Obama was a lifelong Christian, Powell denounced Republican tactics that he said were insulting not only to to Obama but also to Muslims.
“The really right answer is what if he is?” Powell said, praising the contributions of millions of Muslim citizens to American society.
Or perhaps Powell supports the socialist Obama because he has some leftist sympathies of his own, as can be gleaned from this item:
[Powell] said Obama is better suited to handle the nation’s economic problems…Powell said he remains a Republican, even though he sees the party moving too far to the right. Powell supports abortion rights and affirmative action….
He’s also called Obama “a transformational figure.” What could he be saying needs transforming if not the American system? Coincidentally, socialism appeals to blacks as a group. So if Powell’s support for Obama isn’t because Obama is black, then it’s because Powell is black.
So now we have to determine whether it’s Powell’s blackness, or his Arabism (his tennis partner Saudi Prince Bandar gave Powell’s wife a Jaguar), that accounts for his anti-Semitism — which was reinforced with this statement: “[Powell] said he welcomed Obama’s president to ‘talk to people we haven’t talked to,’ a reference to Obama’s controversial statement that he would be open to direct diplomacy with Iranian leaders. (In case it needs spelling out, here’s how that ends up killing Jews.)
Now, as the above-linked explanation mentions, anti-Semitism is closely tied to anti-Americanism. Note not only the Muslim accusations against the “Jewish” U.S. military in Iraq, but also the anti-Americanism of Palestinians. So if Powell is pro-Palestinian, he is anti-American. And that is why, when he announced his support for Barack Obama this weekend, Powell reiterated something he’s brought up before: “This is the time for outreach,” Powell said, saying the next president would have to “reach out and show the world there is a new administration that is willing to reach out.”
This harkens to Powell’s statement last year to GQ Magazine that America needs to be more “open”:
“What is the greatest threat facing us now? People will say it’s terrorism. But are there any terrorists in the world who can change the American way of life or our political system? No…Only we can change ourselves.” Powell adds…that to improve its image in the world, the USA should focus on welcoming newcomers… Powell said the number of Arabs and Muslims who visit the U.S. has dropped since the attacks and reflected negatively on educational institutions and leisure destinations.
Arabs and Muslims complain of heavy security searches in U.S. airports and denial of access to the country. Many Arab students, mainly from Gulf Arab states, left the United States after the attacks on fears of discrimination. “This is bad, not good for America,” said Powell.
“The greatest weapon against terrorism for America is to open up for the rest of the world.”
Indeed, it doesn’t take a President Obama to follow this Powell Doctrine. The white Republican adminstration of George W. Bush has been doing a grand job on its own toward this end as it opens our shores and borders to ever increasing numbers of Middle Eastern immigrants. So Powell is already getting the infiltration of America that he seeks, but clearly he wants the infestation to include the very top echelons of American power.
Rush Limbaugh made quick work of Powell’s assurances that his endorsement has nothing to do with race, saying, “OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed.”
The item carrying this continues:
As for Powell’s statement of concern this morning about the sort of Supreme Court justices a President McCain might appoint, Limbaugh wrote: “I was also unaware of his dislike for John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia. I guess he also regrets Reagan and Bush making him a four-star [General] and Secretary of State and appointing his son to head the FCC. Yes, let’s hear it for transformational figures.”
So either we have yet another typically implacable and bitter minority member, or what the Powell endorsement may boil down to — given that a McCain presidency is being called a third Bush term — is nothing more than a petty attempt to get back at the Bush administration, which we know he had major differences with.
The Obama endorsement, as with other “Republicans” who endorse and/or advise Obama, has something to do with ego, revealing that even for Powell, the country comes second. There is no other way to explain Powell’s statement that:
By contrast [to Palin], Obama’s running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, “is ready to be president on day one.”
There is no way that Powell really thinks Joe Biden would be a fit vice president, much less president. Powell knows full well that Biden is an even bigger pathological liar than Barack Obama. ExileStreet
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