Is Colin Powell’s endorsement ABSURD?

20 10 2008
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Absolutely absurd – NOT !!  This is a free country and everyone has a right and somewhat of a responsibility to say and do what he or she feels is the right thing. As long as it does not hurt others in terms of safety or slander. So Republicans are a little bent out of shape, and John McCain is disappointed, but I agree with Mr. Powell as far as him going “off the reservation” if he feels it is necessary and prudent.

Colin Powell achieved greatness partly because he was a Republican and George Bush (senior) liked him and made him the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs during the first Gulf War.

In the military we had a phrase, “It takes a thousand addaboys to erase a single Fubar”. In other words, you can do a thousand things right, but that one big mistake can instantly erase all the good credit you had built up. On the other side of that coin if you have a single huge mistake, it takes a thousand things done right to change your image.

In my lifetime the single worst thing the United States ever did (IMHO) was based on a decision from Colin Powell. He advised the President during the first Gulf War to stop 60 miles short of Baghdad and let the locals oust Saddam Hussein from office. We all know how well that decision played out. Hussein pulled almost 200,000 (that is two hundred thousand living human beings) from their homes and executed them in front of their families and neighbors. Then he terrorized the country until the next Gulf War.

So although Mr. Powell is Absurd NOT in going off the reservation again, looking at his decision to support Obama might be a warning note to some. Here is a guy that has made thousands of good decisions and a couple that were significant errors. Mr. Powell made that choice to support Obama for all the logical reasons… but in the end I think he might have done better in terms of security for our nation by voting for his friend and Vietnam Veteran buddy McCain.

When Mr. Obama embraces the President of Iran as he said he would for the purposes of opening a dialog, let’s ask Mr. Powell again if he made the right decision. Personally I like Colin Powell, I enjoy listening to him speak, but I use his logical decisions as a solid indication for me to take another look.

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4 responses

20 10 2008

One of the greatest principals we struggle to maintain in America is the free choice idea. We are all free to choose anything and everything we want as long as it does not hurt someone else or slander them. So I have to agree the point of this article is that Colin Powell can and should vote for the team he feels is best qualified to lead. He believes he is helping foster positive change the way I am helping the injured in my community. So I have to give him credit for trying to do the right thing.

20 10 2008
Anatasia Fairchild

I agree with Harv, you gotta fight for what you feel is right. I am using an attorney as an example: fighting for parents inArizona birth injury cases is a difficult job against formidable legal challenges. But if it were not for lawyers who fight for the injured and former Generals like Colin Powell, this country would not be a great country. We are on the same page becasue we are trying to make it better, not because we all agree with everything.

21 10 2008
Seattle Eminent Domain Lawyer

Like the article writer said, I like Colin Powell too. He came up as a junior Officer serving in a combat unit in Vietnam. He mentioned he felt the younger generation should take over. I am all for new ideas. This is going to be a close election. I will be glad it is over actually.

21 10 2008
Palm Beach Accident Attorney

You have to give credit to a guy that grew up in the Bronx New York with modest means to become the Secretary of State. I have listened to him on many occasions and I am continuously impressed. I value his opinion and maybe he is right. I think the point is well taken with the article though. THe fact that he is going in the direction he feels is right is the point.

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