“They Make Me Sick:” Colin Powell Endorses Obama

This short commentary on his blog by Andrew Rosenthal of the New York Times says better the many problems that looms should Romney and his right wing gang of neo-cons gain control over our national security and foreign policy institutions. Only difference is that these people don’t make me “sick” as Col. Wilkinson said, but they make me fear — which is more dangerous.

Here is Mr. Rosenthal’s pithy comments:

“Colin Powell Endorses Obama”

By ANDREW ROSENTHAL

It turns out that Mitt Romney has not managed to snare every member of the Bush administration national security team that brought us the pointless and bloody invasion of Iraq, Abu Ghraib and the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

He missed the one high-level team member who actually realized what catastrophic mistakes those decisions were – Colin L. Powell. “I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on,” Mr. Powell said on CBS this morning. “I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012.”

Mr. Powell said he supported Mr. Obama in part because he is ending the war in Afghanistan and has a strong counter-terrorism record. “There’s some very, very strong neo-conservative views that are presented by the governor that I have some trouble with,” he said.

“I’m not quite sure which Governor Romney we’d be getting with respect to foreign policy,” he said.

With respect to Mr. Powell, I think know which Governor Romney we will get – the ideologically pliant one who will turn over his government to the neo-con hawks who now advise him.

It’s a group that Mr. Powell is right to fear. After all, he was George W. Bush’s Secretary of State, Bill Clinton’s and George H.W. Bush’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Ronald Reagan’s national security adviser. He knows a neo-con when he sees one.

Mr. Powell did himself and his reputation harm by (albeit inadvertently) presenting fictional tales about weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein’s supposed nuclear ambitions to the United Nations as part of the campaign to mislead America and its allies into war with Iraq.

But unlike other members of Mr. Bush’s team, many of whom are now advising Mr. Romney, Mr. Powell has since acknowledged the falseness of those claims.

Lawrence Wilkerson, Mr. Powell’s former chief of staff, had a pithier summation of the Romney foreign policy team the other day. “These people make me sick,” he said.

2 thoughts on ““They Make Me Sick:” Colin Powell Endorses Obama

  1. Harry C. Blaney III November 1, 2012 / 12:15 PM

    I appreciate Chuck Woolery’s comments and agree that Romney’s new “nice-nice” tactics are not a reflection of what he has said in the past and the views of the advisors he has chosen to be part of his team. President Obama still leads in trust on foreign policy and on many other issues (See recent CBS poll figures). Yet we need a wider and more deeper debate on many global issues we face. Perhaps we will have a more rational debate after the election! Thanks you again for your thoughts.

  2. chuck woolery October 29, 2012 / 5:39 PM

    Will Mitt Romney be the new “Peace” president worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize? He said “peace” 12 times in the last debate focused on Foreign policy. Or, is Mitt just gunning for votes knowing most Americans are weary and/or fearful of war?

    In the same debate Romney mentioned Israel 34 times with no mention of the EU, biological or cyber weapons, or climate change? Is our greatest national security threat really a nuclear armed Iran or a nuclear armed Pakistan as a failed state?

    Mitt agreed with at least ten of President Obama’s foreign policies. Was this an attempt to steal over unhappy Obama supporters?

    If the Obama Administration is negligibly guilty of the loss of four American lives in Bengazi then the loss of nearly 3000 American lives on September 11, 2001 and another 6000 since then can be put on President Bush’s shoulders.

    Mr. Romney may have brilliant tactics to win votes but what does this tell us about how a President Romney would deal with any number of national security crisis?

    The means of human destruction are exponentially increased with the matrix of biotechnology, robotics, cyber and eventually nano based weapons for which defensive tactics are catastrophically limited….and offensive efforts are ultimately counterproductive.

    It’s unfortunate that no Presidential candidate (democrat, republican, libertarian, constitution party, green part…) have offered no other rational option. Our original 13 colonies faced a similar dilemma over 200 years ago. Transforming a confederation of 13 independent states to a federation had its problems. But it got us this far. Expanding that genius to the global level is the only sane option forward.

    It’s unfortunate that biblical scripture paints this as the path to the anti-Christ and Armageddon. It’s a belief system that is taking us straight to hell.

    Chuck Woolery

    315 Dean Dr.

    Rockville, MD 20851

    240-997-2209 chuck@igc.org

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