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October 19, 2008

Colin Powell Endorses Obama (Racism and Terrorist Ayers)

First let's take a look back and see what ole Powell said about Obama:

September 15, 2008


"Colin Powell, the first African-American Secretary of State, said this afternoon that electing an African-American US president would be “electrifying” for the world, but he said he still remains undecided between McCain and Obama."

And now for today, October 19th, 2008

Colin Powell endorses Obama


Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama, citing the Democrat's "ability to inspire" and the "inclusive nature of his campaign." Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says he is voting for Barack Obama.

Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself.

Powell said he questioned Sen. John McCain's judgment in picking Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate because he doesn't think she is ready to be president.

He also said he was disappointed with some of McCain's campaign tactics, such as bringing up Obama's ties to former 1960s radical Bill Ayers.

"I think that's inappropriate. I understand what politics is about -- I know how you can go after one another, and that's good. But I think this goes too far, and I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It's not what the American people are looking for," he said.

Powell said he has some concerns about the direction of the Republican Party, adding that it has "moved more to the right than I would like to see it."

Obama called Powell earlier Sunday and thanked him for his endorsement, communications director Robert Gibbs said.

In their 10-minute conversation, Obama said he looked forward to taking advantage of Powell's advice in the next two weeks and hopefully over the next four years, Gibbs said.

Followers of HO-bama


Wild Thing's comment......

I haven’t trusted Colin Powell for a long time , in fact since Bush was running against Gore and Powell made the announcement he would he thrilled to be in either of their cabinets, so this isn’t really a surprise! BUT what a jerk! No loyalty whatsoever! He would be NOTHING if it hadn’t been for Republicans! What a POS!

And I remember when Bush won that election, and Bush put Powell in his cabinet, Powell made a statement in his press conference all about how he was for affirmative action. That made it pretty clear he was more a democrat then anything else.

Powell has also described the Iraq war a failure, declared in front of an Arab audience that the US is losing the war and called the run-up of the war based on lies. He is an abysmal failure and traitor of the level of Wesley Clark. Puke.

"Powell said he questioned Sen. John McCain’s judgment in picking Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate because he doesn’t think she is ready to be president.”

What in the world is he on. Sarah Palin doesn't have enough experience, but Obama does...?

And by saying electing a black president would be “electrifying” he’s told everyone race is more important to him than the state of the country.

A man who fought Communists in Vietnam is now supporting and endorsing a Communist. Amazing.

Colin Powell the prince of unearned “gravitas.”

John McCain is a war hero who endured hell in order to serve the American people. He did some things I never can forgive him for but compared to Obama, McCain/Palin get my vote.

Obama, on the other hand, is a self serving politician who has never sacrificed for anyone other than himself. He has a radical background, and is associated with people who hate our great country. For Powell to be upset with McCain because he questioned Obama’s associations is truly perplexing. How can we NOT question Obama’s association with Ayers, Wright, and all of the rest of his extremist friends? If Obama were applying for a low level government job, he would need character witnesses. Why should we ask any less of a man who wants to be CIC?

And, as far as Palin “not being experienced”. Well, she has more experience than Obama does. What Powell really means is that Sarah is too pro-life and too conservative for him to like her.

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR the more I think of him saying bringing up Ayers is "inappropriate". The angrier I get.

Posted by Wild Thing at October 19, 2008 06:27 PM


I didn't expect Powell to do anything else, he proved in the first term he was not right for the job and couldn't get it right.

But he says the Ayers thing is inappropriate this is rich. He has a damn short memory. From when this maggot bombed the Pentagon. Powell should remember that, unless he is just another democrat with dementia.

Sarah Palin is not ready to be President, but Obama is ??? What the hell kind of convoluted logic is that ???

I have never really liked Powell but this just cements it shut.

Posted by: Mark at October 19, 2008 08:15 PM

Powell is the perfect definition of a RINO. He was never a conservative and not even a Republican. He's a Liberal through and through and his choice in judges is proof.

As a key reason, Powell said: “I would have difficult with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, but that’s what we’d be looking at in a McCain administration.

Also, Powell says he’s disappointed in McCain choosing Sarah Palin because he dosen’t believe she’s qualified. But, for some reason, he believes the Freshman senator who spent his time in the senate campaigning for the White House is qualified. How do you explain that logic? That’s like him saying a 1st Lieutenant is qualified to by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

Posted by: BobF at October 19, 2008 08:59 PM

And, another thing. But Powell expressed disappointment in the negative tone of McCain's campaign but he thinks it's perfectly ok for Obama to mock McCain because of the wounds he received as a POW. Obama's add about McCain not being able to use a computer mocked a man who was severely beaten and tortured for his country. What kind of General would support someone who mocks POW's?

Posted by: BobF at October 19, 2008 09:15 PM

BobF, there is a simple answer to your question. What kind of a general supports a candidate who mocks a POW: Racism and politics, simply, Powell is a black and a Rino. That is the where and how.

Posted by: Mark at October 19, 2008 09:29 PM

First off Powell is the problem...
In March of '69 I was transferred to support elements of the 23 Infantry, the same division Colin Powell belonged to. Staff there was pure chickenshit and petty, the troops were not. Powell was an Army major then, the deputy operations officer of the Americal Division, stationed at division headquarters in Chu Lai. Powell had recieved a purple heart when hs stepped on a punji stick on his first tour as an advisor for the ARVN. Except for his Third Armor Division and his first tour in RVN he held a desk job.

The Americal Division was composed of the 11th, 196th, and 198th Light Infantry Brigades and divisional support units (me), brigades from the 25th Infantry Division and 101st Airborne Division, as well as the 196th Light Infantry Brigade and units from the 1st Marine Division.

That same month of March 1969 the Inspector General's office of Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) paid Colin a call. Acording to Powell's book the inspector then asked Powell to produce the journals for March 1968. Powell started to explain that he had not been with the division at that time. "Just get the journal," the IG man snapped, "and go through that month's entries. Let me know if you find an unusual number of enemy killed on any day." two years later (according to the orginal version of Powell's book) or six months later (according to the paperbck version of the book) that Powell figured out that the IG official had been probing what was then a secret. The My Lai massacre. Not until the fall of 1969 did the world learn that on March 16, 1968, troops from the Americal Division, under the command of Lieut. William Calley, killed scores of men, women and children in that hamlet. "Subsequent investigation revealed that Calley and his men killed 347 people," Powell writes. "The 128 enemy 'kills' I had found in the journal formed part of the total." Powell does not say so expressly, he leaves the impression that the IG investigation, using information provided by Powell, uncovered the massacre, for which Calley was later court-martialed.

I will concede that the years 1968 and 1969 were ugly, and the area in question wasn't friendly either, by and large the troops at Americal Division did conduct themselves honorably, we were tactical at all times even on base and it was justified due to sapper activity. That doesn't put Colin Powel in the field nor any where near some of the actions Americal Division was involved in.

The transcript of the tape-recorded interview between the IG man--Lieut. Col. William Sheehan--and Powell tells a different story. During that session--which actually happened on May 23, 1969--the IG investigator did request that Powell take out the division's operations journals covering the first three weeks of March. (The IG inquiry had been triggered by letters written to the Pentagon, the White House and twenty-four members of Congress by Ron Ridenhour, a former serviceman who had learned about the mass murders.) Sheehan examined the records. Then he asked Powell to say for the record what activity had transpired in "grid square BS 7178" in this period. "The most significant of these occurred on 16, March, 1968," Powell replied, "beginning at 0740 when C Company, 1st of the 20th, then under Task Force Barker, and the 11th Infantry Brigade, conducted a combat assault into a hot LZ [landing zone]." He noted that C Company, after arriving in the landing zone, killed one Vietcong. About fifteen minutes later, the same company, backed up by helicopter gunships, killed three VC. In the following hour, the gunships killed three more VC, while C Company "located documents and equipment" and killed fourteen Vietcong. "There is no indication of the nature of the action which caused these fourteen VC KIA," Powell said. Later that morning, C Company, according to the journal, captured a shortwave radio and detained twenty-three VC suspects for questioning, while two other companies that were also part of Task Force Barker were active in the same area without registering any enemy kills.

Powell did not find in the journals any evidence suggesting something terribly amiss had happened in My Lai. No suspicious numbers of enemy killed, such as the 128 figure he recounts in his memoirs. The official records merely reflected what Powell had referred to as "a hot combat assault" during the IG interview. Seven weeks later, the MACV IG recommended that the case be closed, but a Pentagon IG investigation was already under way, and the Army's Criminal Investigation Division was soon pursuing an inquiry. The matter could not be smothered, and in November of 1969, journalist Seymour Hersh exposed C Company's massacre of civilians at My Lai.

So Powell was padding his exploits in his book and had no real knowledge of the tragic events, he like a lot of officers above 03 were there getting their tickets punched for promotion.

At the same time Powell was pushing paper H. Norman Schwarzkopf and Tom Ridge were leading troops in the field. Powell was being groomed for the Joint Chiefs of Staff job.

He was instrumental in GHW Bush's declaring a victory and leaving Iraq the first time, another UN debacle that drug us back in. He like Obama are UN functionaries. Sorry about the ramble WT. I'm pissed at these slimeballs.

Posted by: Jack at October 19, 2008 10:19 PM

Mark, yes, so much for Powell giving a hoot about the Pentagon or any other place our military is located and civilians as well in the World Trade Center.

I think he is going to start to show us more of his contempt for our country as time goes by too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 19, 2008 11:14 PM

BobF, I watched Powell on the Sunday morning show Meet the press where he made his announcement about Obama. He made me sick even though I have not liked him for a long time. The link you provided had a lot in it that Powell said. Thank you for the link Bob.

Yes how anyone in the military would vote for someone that has mocked a POW shows what Powell is as a person too.
But Obama being half Black giving off that is is black only really and Powell being a racist it fits as long as Obama is a leftie. Powell probably didn't care for Michael Steele who is also black but he is a conservative. This election has shown it has to be and a leftie to win favor with most of the blacks.

Heck who knows Condi Rice might even be next, from some of her remarkds she has said. Or she will just do it quietly, but she said something similar in that Obama would be making history for her black people.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 19, 2008 11:21 PM

Jack thank you so much for sharing about that. It is VERY important the truth be known. Thank you for all our Veterans that need it to be told too. Powell sure as hell did pad it oh my God, and it does not surprise me at coming from him.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 19, 2008 11:44 PM

Colin Powell can support whoever he wants and for whatever reason he wants. However, don't try and insult my intelligence by pulling this Obama-like crap of lying about it by trying to get me to believe that it was about his competence and had nothing to do with race. It had everything to do with race and Obama has not a single executive and/or leadership achievement or accomplishment that justifies saying he is competent to do the job.

Barack Obama, if elected, would be the first affirmative-action and anti-American racist President and CIC. Blacks have become the new racists in this country playing victim and the using the race card every chance that they get. So, General Powell, being a boldface liar is not becoming to you.

Posted by: Les at October 20, 2008 12:50 AM

I am angry that this country is involved in a War on Terror and neither Bush or the feds have arrested either Ayers or Obama.

What else needs to be done to get these two locked up? In fact, Obama's entire neighborhhod and the university that Ayers teaches at should all be viewed as suspects and interrogated.

Posted by: MrsAmerica at October 20, 2008 04:08 AM

Maybe he's been promised the position of Kommander of the Kool-Aid Kamp for Komrades.

The timing is suspect. Did it really take him this long to decide? Or did Obama's "spread the wealth" and slipping poll numbers prompt this "who cares" endorsement?

Posted by: Eden at October 20, 2008 04:43 AM

Then there's this:

"Colin Powell remains undecided
Posted: Monday, September 15, 2008 7:17 PM by Mark Murray
Filed Under: 2008, McCain, Obama

From NBC's Libby Leist
Colin Powell, the first African-American Secretary of State, said this afternoon that electing an African-American US president would be “electrifying” for the world, but he said he still remains undecided between McCain and Obama...When one of the moderators asked Powell whether this vote was personal to him since he was the first African-American Secretary of State, his answer sparked wild applause. "I'm an American first and foremost," he said.

Powell explained to the audience that he told McCain he would not vote for him just because they have been friends for 25 years, and he told Obama he would not vote for him just because he is black. He said he will look at who has the best economic policies, who inspires the most confidence in the country and around the world, and who will keep America safe."

I'm posting the link to where I got this story, but don't bother reading the Kool-Aid Kids comments. It's from MSNBC after all.

When Obama looks up does he see his colon (Colin)?

Posted by: Eden at October 20, 2008 04:50 AM