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Four-star general and former secretary of state under President Bush, Colin Powell, has given his support to democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. While Obama has said that he intends for Powell to be one of his advisors should he be elected he has suspended talks of him playing any formal role for the moment.Four-star general and former secretary of state under President Bush, Colin Powell,... more
This is a great op-ed piece listing Republicans who are endorsing Obama, quite obviously not because of the color of his skin. Its nice to have in one concise location the actual words used by conservatives in their endorsement of a democratic candidate. It also make Rush Limbaugh look like the addlepated bigot he really is ^_^ This is a great op-ed piece listing Republicans who are endorsing Obama, quite... more
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former secretary of state and US military leader Colin Powell would serve as an adviser to a Barack Obama administration, the Democratic presidential candidate said Monday.
"He will have a role as one of my advisers," Obama told NBC in an interviewed aired Monday. "He's already served in that function, even before he endorsed me."
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Keith gets cranky about the GOP's latest campaign strategy, which seems to date back to the days of Ebbets Field and the Ford Edsel.Real Americans: Keith gets cranky about the GOP's latest campaign strategy,... more
Colin Powell endorses Obama; Sarah Palin tries comedy.
Elder statesman Colin Powell, a Republican, former head of the Joint Chiefs (under Bush father) and former Secretary of State (under George W. Bush) made a stunning announcement in Washington, endorsing Senator Barack Obama for President. He said one of the key reasons that prompted his choice was the selection of Sarah Palin by Senator John McCain as his running mate. Meanwhile, Palin herself took a break from the campaign not to conduct her first press conference, but to make an appearance on Saturday Night Live, where her world view was mercilessly mocked. Pepe Escobar argues that in a race where all the lines are blurred between what's real and what's fake, this is hyper reality gone mad.
Pepe Escobar, born in Brazil is the roving correspondent for Asia Times and an analyst for The Real News Network. He's been a foreign correspondent since 1985, based in London, Milan, Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore, and Bangkok. Since the late 1990s, he has specialized in covering the arc from the Middle East to Central Asia, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has made frequent visits to Iran and is the author of Globalistan and also Red Zone Blues: A Snapshot of Baghdad During the Surge both published by Nimble Books in 2007.
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First I must say; Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is one class act.
I have always admired him as an outstanding American and political leader. When he finally sided with Bush on the Iraq war I was greatly disappointed. His shine and luster for me took a nose dive. As time passed, it seemed he became aware of how he had been duped. George Bush, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and the rest of their Gestapo cronies were literally causing a form of metastasizing of the Constitution and our great nation. At that point he decided to step down as his integrity finally got the best of him. I hated to see him go; however, I felt extreme admiration for Colin when he could no longer align or associate himself with the Bush Regime.
As many of you probably know by now, Colin Powell has finally decided to endorse Barack Obama. The following link is of his endorsement and his reasoning as to why he chose him.
He has taken a fair length of time to do his vetting on both candidates. In spite of his lengthy, 20+ year friendship and association with John McCain, Colin Powell has opted to side with Barack Obama and endorse him to be the most promising candidate for President of the United States. This literally speaks volumes and as a nation the choice should now be clear. Colin Powell has a tremendous list of credentials backing him with regards to his service for the United States. For a quick reference to his credentials, follow this link:
The SS FAUX NEWS (Fox News) and Rush "Pumpkin Head" Limbaugh otherwise known as the God Owful Party’s (GOP) propaganda machines are already gearing up for the smearing and malignment of Colin Powell’s character and reputation.
Talk about eating their own. The Republican Party will soon unleash an ongoing feast upon the flesh and bones of Colin Powell. Stay tuned. Let the republican show begin.
First I must say; Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is one class act. I have... more
At approximately 2min50sec in to this video Colin Powell talks about a Crisis on the 21st or 22nd of January 2009 that we don't already know about. Can anyone guess what the heck he's talking about?At approximately 2min50sec in to this video Colin Powell talks about a Crisis on the... more
Colin Powell endorses, third-party folks disappoint, and Barack Obama rakes it in.
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You tell them Colin
In endorsing Barack Obama this weekend, Colin Powell brought up a photo of the tombstone of Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, being held by his grieving mother. Powell brought it up to make the point that Muslim-Americans are as American as anyone else, and it is wrong that the Republican party allows the whisper campaign to continue, that Barack Obama is somehow a Muslim.
Indeed, while John McCain has corrected a woman who directly told him that Obama was "an Arab," the campaign has also given those who believe Obama is a "secret Muslim" a wink and a nod, by continually using phrases like "he doesn't see America like the rest of us," and tying him to "terrorists." It is, incidentally, the same sentiment promoted by Benjamin Netanyahu in his campaign against Yitzhak Rabin, which Leah Rabin later blamed for her husband's assassination.
Colin Powell, though, might be more on point with his observation than he knew.
One of things you quickly learn when you're sent to Iraq or Afghanistan is that the overwhelming majority of Muslims in those nations are peace loving people, who just want to be able to raise their families in a decent environment. Essentially, their overall hopes and dreams are not much different than ours. Most of them actually have fond views of America and the west, and are constantly curious about American culture. To the extent there are any anti-American sentiments in Iraq, it's that Iraqis want this war to end, and want to get back to a stable life. But, it's not right to say that most Muslims are "anti-America."
That's what's so dangerous about the kind of campaign Republicans are running, and frankly have been running even before Barack Obama. When FOX News continually uses terms like "Islamo-facism," it not so subtly conflates the entire religion of Islam with the select crackpots around the world who use their religion as an excuse to promote despicable acts. But, those terrorists are not representative of Islam, or Islamofacists, any more than someone who bombs an abortion clinic over here is representative of Christianity, or a "Christoterrorist."
To then take someone who has a funny sounding name, and use a flimsy link to a "washed up terrorist" to stoke fears that he might be a Muslim forces the issue down the slippery slope at blazing speed. The Genie of hate is tough to put back in the bottle. No longer does someone need to be an actual Muslim to stoke some people into a frenzy, all it takes is that they're somehow "different" to scare people into thinking someone has secret "anti-America Muslim tendencies."In endorsing Barack Obama this weekend, Colin Powell brought up a photo of the... more
Wow he make an articulate, thoughtful statement on why he's voting for Obama and they say he's doing it because he's black. How low can you go?Wow he make an articulate, thoughtful statement on why he's voting for Obama and... more
Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell endorsed Senator Barack Obama for President on Sunday morning, calling him a “transformational figure” who has reached out to all Americans with an inclusive campaign and displayed “a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity” and “a depth of knowledge” in his approach to the nation’s problems. The endorsement, on the NBC public-affairs program “Meet the Press,” was a major blow to Senator John McCain.
This detailed article includes great photographs and the video of Colin Powell's endorsement. In addition, it has a remarkable photo-gallery that presents a large number of additional photographs.Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell endorsed Senator Barack Obama for President... more
A stirring McCainiac version of will.i.am's famous Yes We Can music video.
Obama prepares to debate
This Barack Obama impersonator, 'Alphacat', is much better than Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen. Here's the rest of his stuff.
Palin as President
You'll quite possible have seen this by now, but it seems to be being updated on a regular basis, so it's worth checking back.
John McCain: Ahmedinejad
The candidate's mangled words at the first debate become curiously mesmerising when edited together over a drumbeat.
The complete Sarah Palin vlogs
In private, freed from the constraints of her media handlers, Sarah Palin (or just possibly the New York comedian Sara Benincasa) explains the world as she sees it, ie, confusingly.
Get Your War On: The debate
"Another victory for war hero and country-first-putter John McCain": The latest animated episode of David Rees's biting comic strip assesses the candidates' last confrontation.
A disturbingly accurate portrayal of Fox News's manic ranter, Bill O'Reilly, played by a child in a wig. More here.
Fake Sarah Palin on Twitter
Which, incidentally, seems to have many thousands more followers than Real Sarah Palin on Twitter.
Self-parody: Complete footage of John McCain's -- genuinely funny -- speech at last week's Al Smith dinner. ("This morning I dismissed my entire team of senior advisers. All of their positions will now be held by a man named Joe the Plumber.") Part one; part two.
Barack Obama's Al Smith dinner speech. ("If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness? It's possible that I'm a little too awesome.") Part one; part two.
Hockey Moms for Truth
Sarah Palin gets swiftboated.
John McCain tongue-waggling Photoshop frenzy
Various digitally manipulated versions of McCain's curious facial expressions last Wednesday.
Paris Hilton gets presidential with Martin Sheen
A follow-up, of course, to her earlier presidential bid announcement.
Barackman's evil nemesis comes to life, after the resemblance was first noticed in this clip.
These aren't really Obama campaign staffers, though for a few days there everyone thought they were.
Sarah Palin: NOPE
The Willamette Week's inspired parody of Shepherd Fairey's iconic Obama image. Download a printable PDF here.
Barack Obama: He Completes Us
In a clip from August, the Daily Show punctures the cult of personality.
Head of Skate
The Sarah Palin Disney movie.
McCain supporter wanders onto the set of Saturday Night Live
"I read about him... he's a Arab... he converts with terriers. No?"
The Onion War for the White House blog
Featuring contributions from Pip Dawkins, 19th Century Street Urchin, Sam Holtzman, Single Issue Voter, Gary Brunson, Five-Week Old Foetus, and Don DeLillo, Master of Postmodern Literature
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Obama's perfect weekend: Ahead in polls, record fundraising - and Colin Powell tooDan Glaister The Guardian, Monday October 20 2008
Powell on Obama: 'He is a transformational figure' Link to this video Colin Powell, George Bush's former secretary of state, yesterday dealt his own party a major blow when he threw his weight behind Barack Obama's bid to become the next president of the United States.
The retired four-star general spurned his good friend, the Republican John McCain, to heap praise on the "transformational figure" of Obama, the Democratic party candidate, saying America needed a "generational change".
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This summer, the photographer Platon took pictures of hundreds of men and women who volunteered to serve in the military and were sent to Iraq or Afghanistan. He followed them on their journey through training and deployment, after demobilization and in hospitals, to compile a portrait of the dedication of the armed services today. Sergeant Tim Johannsen, who lost both legs when he drove over an I.E.D. on his second tour of duty in Iraq, made a point of buying an Army T-shirt to wear in his photograph. Of his sacrifice, he said, “It’s just part of the job. You know what you signed up for.” Sergeant Matthis Chiroux, a military reporter who has become a vocal opponent of the Iraq war, says that he and others like him “take our activism as a continuation of our oath of service.” Like many who enlist, Johannsen and Chiroux come from military families. Sergeant John McKay, a marine whose uncle and grandfather were marines, and whose three-year-old son posed in uniform at the wedding of a cousin, also a marine, said, “He’s just waiting till he’s eighteen.” He went on, “I’m scared for him, but if he wants to do it I’ll support him.”
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In his column, Glenn Greenwald of Salon writes:
...I was really glad to see [Colin Powell, during his recent appearance on Meet the Press] make the following point in explaining why he has rejected McCain's candidacy:
"I'm also troubled by, not what Sen. McCain says, but what members of the party say, 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 is: No, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she can be President?
"Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion: he's a Muslim, and he might be associated with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America."
...There has been much condemnation over the "Obama-is-a-Muslim" line of GOP attack, but almost all of it has been on the ground that the attack is factually false as applied to the Christian Obama, not on the ground that it is a reprehensible and dangerous line of attack even if it were factually true.
That being Muslim or Arab is a mark against someone's character is now so ingrained in our political culture that it is hardly noticed any longer. When John McCain, at that rally in Minnesota last week, sought to chide his supporter for asserting that Obama is an "Arab," McCain did so by pointing out that, in fact, Obama is a "decent family man" -- as though that proves that he's not "an Arab because "decent family man" is the opposite of "Arab."
It's debatable whether McCain actually intended to express the point that way -- whether he intended to imply that the opposite of "Arab" is "decent family man" and "citizen" -- but regardless of McCain's intent, that was how the point was expressed, and it received little attention.
A major enabling factor in convincing the population to support unnecessary and brutal wars -- and to perceive the "need" for endless expansions of federal surveillance and other police powers -- is the demonization of large groups of people both inside and out of the country. The Right's ongoing, intense obsession with demonizing Muslims and Arabs is, for that reason, not only repulsive but also quite destructive. The core of the Republican Party has degenerated into the unrestrained id of its worst impulses, and it was good to see Powell specifically cite (and condemn) those elements as a principal reason why he is turning away from the party he has served for so long, and instead supporting the Democratic nominee.
UPDATE: In comments, Hasan Z Rahim, a Muslim American, writes:
"In the more than two decades that I have been working at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, I have never encountered any prejudice at the workplace because of my race or religion. But lately a thought has been steadily creeping into my mind: If I were to run for public office even, say, at the local school board level, would my name become an albatross around my neck?
"I have been thinking about this since John McCain and Sarah Palin began encouraging the use of Barack Obama’s middle name -- Hussein -- in their rallies to suggest that he was the Other, and therefore is 'not a man who sees America the way you and I see America.' The mindset of many Republicans unfortunately seem to be this: American Muslims can rise in their profession and shine in their fields, but if they to aspire to high public offices, they must be prevented by any means necessary since they pose a threat of one kind or another to America. The implication is that being a Muslim is somehow un-American..."In his column, Glenn Greenwald of Salon writes: ...I was really glad to see [Colin... more
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Retired U.S. Gen. Colin Powell, a former secretary of state in the Bush administration, on Sunday endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
In an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Powell backed Obama over fellow Republican John McCain, calling the Democratic nominee a "transformational figure" who could be an "exceptional president."
Powell said he plans to vote for Obama in the November 4 election but does not intend to campaign for the Illinois senator as Obama and McCain enter the final weeks of their battle for the White House.
Powell, who served in the military and government for 40 years, said he is not looking for a job in an Obama administration. However, he said, "I've always said if a president asks you to do something, you have to consider it."
McCain, appearing on "Fox News Sunday," said Powell's support of Obama did not come as a surprise and said four other secretaries of state had endorsed him.
In picking Obama over McCain, Powell said either "man would be a good president."
Powell praised Obama's "depth of knowledge" and "steadiness," while he was critical of what he described as McCain's uncertainty over how to deal with economic crisis.
Powell also voiced concern about McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate.
"She is a very distinguished woman and she is to be admired," Powell said. "But ... I don't believe she is ready to be president of the United States."
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told reporters after his appearance on Sunday's "Meet the Press" that his decision to endorse Barack Obama was driven, in part, by comments like those made by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). Bachmann said Friday that the media should investigate members of Congress to see if they were "pro-American" or 'anti-American."
"This business, for example, we've got a congressman from Minnesota who's going around saying, 'Let's examine all congressmen to see who is pro-America and whose not pro-America.' We've got to stop this kind of nonsense and pull ourselves together and remember that our great strength is in our unity and our diversity," Powell said.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told reporters after his appearance on... more