Video: Colin Powell endorses Obama

posted at 8:41 am on October 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Is anyone really surprised by Colin Powell’s re-endorsement of Barack Obama? CBS asked the question during This Morning, and Powell almost seems reluctant to spit the words out, but it’s not much of a shocker:

Powell went on to explain his reasoning:

“When he took over the country was in very, very difficult straits. We were in the one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. The fiscal system was collapsing. Wall Street was in chaos, we had 800,000 jobs lost in that first month of the Obama Administration and unemployment peaked at 10 percent. So we were in real trouble. The auto industry was collapsing, the housing was started to collapse and we were in very difficult straits. And I saw over the next several years stabilization come back in the financial community, housing is now starting to come back after four years, it’s starting to pick up. Consumer confidence is rising.” …

Summarizing the past four years under Obama, Powell said “Generally, we’ve come out of the dive and we’re starting to gain altitude.” He added, “The unemployment rate is too high, people are still hurting in housing but I see that we’re starting to raise up.”

Turning to foreign policy, Powell said he saw “the president got us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars. And finally I think that the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very very solid. And so, I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on.”

Didn’t get us into “any new wars” and protection from terrorism has been “very very solid,” eh?  Maybe Powell missed those several weeks in the spring of last year when the US began bombing another country in an effort to decapitate its regime, and then fall back to support other nations’ efforts to do the same.  That decision to go to war against Moammar Qaddafi — there is no other word for it — created the environment in eastern Libya where terrorist networks operate freely, including al-Qaeda, and have chased all other Western nations and most NGOs out of the area.  The Obama administration was a little too slow to recognize the danger, though, and that’s why four Americans ended up dead in Benghazi in a well-coordinated terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11, including the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty in 33 years.

I’m not surprised by Powell’s choice, although I’m a little mystified at his reasoning, especially on economic grounds. This is, after all, the worst economic “recovery” since World War II, and it’s getting worse each year rather than better. Powell says he’s still a Republican, but I suspect that he’s rather bitter about what happened in the march to war in Iraq, especially as it relates to him, and still holds a major grudge against Republican leadership.  I’m certainly not going to personally belittle a man who has served this nation almost his entire adult life until his well-deserved retirement over his political preferences in an election.  I just think he’s very, very wrong, and demonstrably so.


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Powell knows that the Middle East is a war zone and it is only going to get worse. Does he just think that the United States can just walk away from such a critical region and allow Islamic fundamentalism to rule ……………… and Iran to have nuclear weapons?

SC.Charlie on October 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

kim roy on October 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM

It’s a shame really. We could actually have profitable and interesting exchanges of ideas with a goal of arriving at the superior ideas prevailing if they were the least bit inclined to do so and at the same time inclined to intellectual honesty.

But, in most cases, I suspect they realize where that will lead and so are condemned to resorting to hurling insults and thinking they’ve made a point.

It’s not as if they are unable. I recognize an intellect in some of them. Verbaluce is one such.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Many…and deeply.

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Actually, NOT. I’ve been pointing out this communist piece of shyte for some time now, just surprised that it took so long for others to understand how racist the idiot is. As well as scum like you.

Not that blacks have not been exposing themselves, clearly, as RACIST, for some time now. Time for their scam to be shown for what it really is. And I do hope that next time some black azzhole tries to rouse racial tensions, as they have been doing on a grand scale since that Tawana crap they pulled in Upstate NY, someone with balls takes them to the cleaners for all they got. Only one way to make scum learn.

Blacks – the most racist group around.

Hopefully you communist scum cancer will get a wake up call on Nov 6th.

riddick on October 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Which dominoe will fall next? baby Buckley? Brooksie? the Frumster? it’s in the hole Noonan?…

Gohawgs on October 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Loool :) you forgot lady Parker :)

jimver on October 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I do wish that Mr. Powell stop calling himself a Republican.

DDay on October 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I do too, but with his endorsement of Obama he proved he’s not a Republican, but a RINO. Many RINOS work with the Democrats to defeat any Conservative or Tea Party Candidate. They love their seats and the status quo and that is why they need to be defeated.

bluefox on October 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Colin Powell was once a hero of mine, but has exposed himself as a racist. He is putting skin color over principle. Has been endorses his kind…big whoop.

Doomsday on October 25, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Which dominoe will fall next? baby Buckley? Brooksie? the Frumster? it’s in the hole Noonan?…

Gohawgs on October 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Loool :) you forgot lady Parker :)

jimver on October 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Condie Rice. Same as Powell, she “voted for CHANGE” in 2008. Same racist piece of crap hiding out as Republican.

riddick on October 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Well I appreciate your admission that this is purely about race for you.
If I am following…you are disappointed in Powell because he could have supported Romney…
verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

No. That’s short-sighted.

Race and Romney are merely the current manifestations of what disapppints me about a man like Powell. It demonstrates an inability to rise above the Zeitgeist and be an autonomous individual.

That’s what the country needs in those who are men of influence these days but are unfortunately lacking in most.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

That’s what the country needs in those who are men of influence these days but are is unfortunately lacking in most.
Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

riddick on October 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

My God, you are the Lance Armstrong of Stupidity.

Do you think EVERY Black/African American/Flavor of the month walks in lockstep like Powell? OR Obama?

I will assume that after the Creators at the Idiot Laboratory made you that they broke the mold, because they couldn’t POSSIBLY improve on the model that you are today.

STFU and PLEASE, STFU.

BlaxPac on October 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Methinks Powell was never much of a Republican at heart – IMO he was Republican mostly for advancement in the Reagan and Bush 43 admins. His book explains that he served in the Carter Admin, under SecDef Harold Brown, and was ideologically more at home with him than with his opponents.

He got what he wanted by saying he’s Republican – he was SecState, although not a very good one, and didn’t turn out to have a durable enough ego to survive the in-fighting with Rumsfeld. Now he’s bruised enough to perhaps show his true feelings. And his deputy, Rich Armitage, leaked the Valerie Plame thing, and they both (Armitage and Powell) were dishonest enough to let Scooter Libby walk the plank for it. Rotten, nasty, dishonest, disreputable. Not behavior one expects from a ‘hero’.

Although this could be Cristitis – revenge on those whom he sees as having hurt his feelings or made him face his internal contradictions.

Long story short, I ain’t surprised.

jclittlep on October 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM

More proof that color counts more than so-called ideology! I think that this person never was a true Republican. He knew that the Dems treated Blacks like crap so he tried to pass himself off as a Conservative. Now that we have a Black in the Oval Office, his true color (pun intended) comes out! Colin Powell has now established himself as just anotherLiberal piece of shit!!!

Jersey Dan on October 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Ted Cruz is going to give the race based Democart party big trouble.

He will not back down when the try to play the race card on him, and they will try it the minute he takes office.

It will be fun to watch them walk into his right cross on their race based noses.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Ted Cruz is awesome!! I think the Dems will have to get in line to trouble Cruz; the RINOS will be the attackers. Hope he watches his back with them.

He is in my opinion Supreme Court material!!

bluefox on October 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM

More and more, I think Powell was always a piker who Schwarzkopf made look like a genius

PJ Emeritus on October 25, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Obama has the support of Powell.
Romney gets Trump.
Understandable why this gets many of you so worked up…

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM

…and Commie Castro…and Commie Chavez…and Commie Putin..and Head of CPUSA Commie Sam Webb.
It’s understandable why this gets so many of you so “worked up” IYKWIMAITTYD.

Mimzey on October 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

that had to leave a mark ; ) well played Mimzey.

DebraChicago on October 25, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Agreed. One would think that with Powell’s stature he would have put integrity above race. His stated reasoning makes no sense and it’s very disappointing.

bluefox on October 25, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Ppowell’s endorsement has nothing to do with the president’s achievements (if he has any he would like to point to – seems rather silent on that one). It has everything to do with Obama’s skin color. Unfortunately, we all know what that makes Powell. And yes, I do mean that, it fits the definition perfectly.

Zomcon JEM on October 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Condie Rice. Same as Powell, she “voted for CHANGE” in 2008. Same racist piece of crap hiding out as Republican.

riddick on October 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Ridiculous, racist and may I add, regressive conjecture.

DebraChicago on October 25, 2012 at 1:20 PM

bluefox on October 25, 2012 at 1:18 PM

It really is. The subliminal message is what will be picked up by the low-info voters and those with a racial agenda. Not that him endorsing Romney would have sent an alternative message. It isn’t by individual actions but by the entire corpus of a man that he is known.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 1:23 PM

bluefox,

The RINO’s saw what Ted and conservatives did to their RINO in the run off here, they will not try him on any more.

McCain and company will co-op his ideas and make out like the ideas were his.

Closet RINO John Cornyn too will now move to the right as he knows he will get primaried by someone like Atty. Gen. of Texas Gregg Abbott and get his ass unelected too.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Actually, NOT. I’ve been pointing out this communist piece of shyte for some time now, just surprised that it took so long for others to understand how racist the idiot is. As well as scum like you.

Not that blacks have not been exposing themselves, clearly, as RACIST, for some time now. Time for their scam to be shown for what it really is. And I do hope that next time some black azzhole tries to rouse racial tensions, as they have been doing on a grand scale since that Tawana crap they pulled in Upstate NY, someone with balls takes them to the cleaners for all they got. Only one way to make scum learn.

Blacks – the most racist group around.

Hopefully you communist scum cancer will get a wake up call on Nov 6th.

riddick on October 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

As I am supporting Obama in this election, I welcome voices such as yours advocating against him.
Keep up the good work you are doing.

(Also…is there just NO moderation here?)

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

“I’ll be voting for he (sic),,,”

he…he…he…

Where the hell did this clown learn English?????

The same place he studied logic????

Scary that he was SofS.

fred5678 on October 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Exactly he was a RINO that a certain segment of the Repub population embraced. I never liked him. He advocated for affirmative action in the military. Something that involves life and death decisions and should never be based on race, sexual orientation etc.

I mean would you want a doctor doing surgery on you who got to his position based on race, sexual orientation, or any other minority status?

melle1228 on October 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Of course. Those limousine progressives that push affirmative action want YOU to have the AA heart surgeon, the AA K-12 teacher, the AA college professor, and to have no choice in the matter. They on the other hand have the financial means to ensure that they don’t have to suffer the consequences.

The problem with AA is that you can’t draw a line where it ends. If you allow AA to determine who gets into college, you have to use it to mark papers and to determine who gets a degree and even honors. That’s how we end up with incompetent presidents and generals.

slickwillie2001 on October 25, 2012 at 1:26 PM

No. That’s short-sighted.

Race and Romney are merely the current manifestations of what disapppints me about a man like Powell. It demonstrates an inability to rise above the Zeitgeist and be an autonomous individual.

That’s what the country needs in those who are men of influence these days but are unfortunately lacking in most.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Well that’s narrow minded.
That you may long for this and seek some sort of affirmation that race is NOT a factor is admirable.
But to seek that by desiring that race be THE factor is a contradiction to that goal.
You are applying some sort of racial litmus test to discern whether Powell is an ‘autonomous individual’. Why, for you, isn’t Powell’s support of Obama evidence enough of these attributes in him.

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

riddick on October 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Gotta agree with verbaluce here, riddick. You’re not helping.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

“Plus, did I forget to mention it?, he’s a black guy and I gotta go by race more than anything.”

BillCarson on October 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Powell is demented and proving a disgrace to the uniform he wore.

jqc1970 on October 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

With all due respect Colonel Powell…. “EFF!!! YOU!!!!” (Hat tip to joe bides of the “eff.”) Powell is a lying hack and is in no way shape or form entitled to any attention from any entity due to his disingenuous nature. He is in fact… a racist whom I would have some modicum of respect for if only he would have the intestinal fortitude to just come out and admit the FACT!!! THE F A C T ! ! that he votes the color of his skin and not for the content of character. So eff’em. He is no hero and has negated his “service to our country” with a vote against the constitution. Yes.. COLONEL, you’ve been demoted.

mugsiex on October 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Too, on Obama, much like Powell, re: Quote in Rolling Stone, about Romney being a bullshitter,,, ??Projection much Mr. Pres.?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2012 at 1:42 PM

You are applying some sort of racial litmus test to discern whether Powell is an ‘autonomous individual’. Why, for you, isn’t Powell’s support of Obama evidence enough of these attributes in him.
verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Verbaluce, besides the fact that one specific action in a man is not, in and of itself, evidence of autonomy, this PARTICULAR decision does demonstrate a serious flaw in one’s civic understanding. And in a person of Powell’s experience and influence, it becomes a serious matter.

That such a man as Gen. Colin Powell, a man who has risen to impressive levels of achievement and respectability through discipline, focus, and self-control and who is NOT troubled by the meteoric rise to POWER of such an unqualified and undisciplined individual as Barak Hussein Obama demonstrates not autonomy but some other factors at work.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Gotta agree with verbaluce here, riddick. You’re not helping.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I know I’m considered a ‘troll’ here.
But then what does that make Riddick?
Maybe just a plant trying to stir things up…

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

verbsoutofbalance,

No, your all the moderation we can stand or need, thank you for showing it clear you can not debate without help or the msm to carry your water.

badverbon please

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Well I see the KKK are hosting a meeting of dumb racist hatemongers on here today It would appear Spinach Chin is the Grand Wizard with his comments showing him to be the most pathetic sick one in the hate club,and then his idiot followers David Blue,Rik,Rockshine,Faraway,Truth be Told,Stillings,Dog Soldier,and Corporate Piggy and the rest of the armchair bullies…too many to be named …You racist fools just prove you are racists with your twisted logic,by your dumb reasoning Paul Ryan is only supporting Romney because he is white, so you are saying Paul Ryan is a bigot and a racist…I guarantee you Colin Powell would not support Allen West who obviously is black ,so besides being racists you can’t think logically either.General Powell served a Republican President and now he is supporting the election again of President Obama.As I vote this weekend in the battleground state of Ohio. I will definitely dedicate it to General Powell who is an American Patriot who served his country proudly, despite having KKK folk like you around. Powell has gotten you so upset based on the amount of comments you have already left,it is hilarious.Ohio will help elect President Obama again,see ya .

U2denver on October 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

U2denver,

Please help verbsoutofbalance seems badverbs can not handle facts too.

Try a tag team.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

When Colin Powell was thinking about seeking the POTUS nomination he could not decide whether to run as a Dem. or a Pub. The establishment pubs. needed a black affirmative action quota person to help assuage their being called racists, so they chose Powell to elevate. Being an opportunist, he took the offer. This is what happens when you try to use affirmative action in politics with a token identity political figure to try and prove to the race card crowd that you aren’t a racist. Those who claim to be Pubs. and support dems. do more harm to he party than a dem. supporting a dem. Look at McCain, Graham, the Maine sisters the and the late Arlen Specter, etc.

they lie on October 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Well, just a suggestion but maybe you should try to engage some of those in HA with whom you disagree in serious dialog without rancor. Obviously I’m referring to those who demonstrate that they’ve arrived at their positions through honest reflection but I think it might go a long way towards blunting the charge of “troll”.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Calling Blacks “racist” for supporting their fellow Blacks over other loyalties is pointless.

First, it’s inevitable. Samuel L. Jackson told the truth: Blacks support each other because they are Black, so get over it.

Second, as law and the mass media apply the term, “racist” means White, and “anti-racist” means anti-White. Over and over, if two people do the same thing, the Black is the racist and the White isn’t. That’s how it works out in law, at work and socially – every place it matters.

If someone is anti-White, just say they are anti-White.

It’s the simple truth, and there is always support for it. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for 20 years, is anti-White; his statements are on record. So is Erik “My People” Holder, Obama’s Attorney General, who doesn’t think the law should protect Whites from being intimidated at the polling place. The implication is that so is Obama, who invited Hispanics to “punish their enemies”. That implies that Colin Powell, who apparently is OK with all of this, is anti-White too. He wanted professional advancement and acceptance from Whites, and got them too, but that was where his loyalty ended.

David Blue on October 25, 2012 at 2:03 PM

The Race Card is the only wild card in the deck, once they use it and they still do not win the pot, the dealer just smiles and says, bet or fold.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2012 at 2:03 PM

David Blue on October 25, 2012 at 2:03 PM

This^^^^+1000

they lie on October 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

If Powell and Bush the elder had had the guts in 1991 to continue from Kuwait to Baghdad and oust Saddam Hussein then, we would not have had an Iraq War in 2003 – and perhaps not even 9/11/2001. In my book, Powell is not one to talk about avoiding war.

Colony14 on October 25, 2012 at 2:15 PM

His vote come down to the color of their skin here, period.

kalamari on October 25, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I suspect that he’s rather bitter about what happened in the march to war in Iraq, especially as it relates to him, and still holds a major grudge against Republican leadership.

Ed, I wish I knew what you were talking about.
I think you assumed that I remember what you do.

hatespam on October 25, 2012 at 2:21 PM

As law and the mass media apply the term, “racist” means White, and “anti-racist” means anti-White. Over and over, if two people do the same thing, the White is the racist and the Black isn’t. That’s how it works out in law, at work and socially – every place it matters.

If someone is anti-White, just say they are anti-White.

David Blue on October 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM

the president got us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war

So Bush signs the Iraq SOFA for troop withdrawal in 2009, Obama pledges troops out of Afghan in 2014 & Obama gets credit for both?

Huh. Wierd.

mdenis39 on October 25, 2012 at 2:33 PM

That such a man as Gen. Colin Powell, a man who has risen to impressive levels of achievement and respectability through discipline, focus, and self-control and who is NOT troubled by the meteoric rise to POWER of such an unqualified and undisciplined individual as Barak Hussein Obama demonstrates not autonomy but some other factors at work.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 1:42 PM

But Powell does not share your view – he does not consider Obama to be “such an unqualified and undisciplined individual”.
He’s has expressed himself quite clearly on this.
It’s fantasy to think he actually does not think highly of him and yet is still endorsing him.
You have a theory that implies some secret internal thoughts by Powell.
You are free to hypothesize from that perspective, but it’s a pretty weak place from which to make a judgement about someone.
I take him at at his word. He deserves to be taken at his word.

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 2:36 PM

they lie, thanks. :)

It’s just the truth. The “racist!” game is rigged.

Conservatives should stop playing the “racist!” game. It doesn’t work in reverse. And in fact that there is such a term as “reverse” racism shows that “racism” without the adjective always defines Whites as the racists.

Also, “racist!” has been scary because it leads to ostracism, being put out of work, or even legal consequences. Nobody goes to jail for “reverse racism”. Black pay no penalty for conservatives trying to yell “racism!” back at them. So the counter-charge is ineffective.

Conservatives are always pleading “not guilty!” to liberal accusations of racism. It doesn’t work. First, pleading not guilty all the time becomes just pleading, and politically pleading is losing, and the left has noticed this, so the charges of “racism!” go on forever.

Second, with “racist” identified as White, all the liberal media has to do is show pictures of White people, for example at Tea Party rallies, edit out any Blacks present (which they do), and sneer about “lily white” crowds to make the “racist” charge stick.

Stop saying “reverse racist” or “racist” back, since it validates a term the left controls and that means whatever they want.

Just say “anti-White”. Because with guys like Obama, and Holder, and Wright, and Sharpton and a million others, the statements are all there on record to prove that they are in fact anti-White.

David Blue on October 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM

U2denver on October 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Ok, you are officially the dumbest poster here, you can’t even write two coherent senetences…Obysmal will relax in Oahu, you can go worship at his altar there in a little while, if lucky enough, while you are there maybe Oahu tips over and capsizes :)….as for Powell, couldn’t care less whom he endorses, it’s his right to endorse whoever he pleases, free country, you know….only the brain dead base their votes on other people’s endorsements, those with a brain don’t need Powell or Eva Longoria telling them how to vote :)…no go, pathetic idiot, book your ticket to Hawaii, your Dalai Lama of Oahu (via Chicago) might deliver his concession speech from there :)…

jimver on October 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Well then,
“verbsoutofbalance”, do you also take Pres. Obama at his word on all the things he promised to get elected prior or not.

List the things he has done that he promised please for us dumb conservatives.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Well, just a suggestion but maybe you should try to engage some of those in HA with whom you disagree in serious dialog without rancor. Obviously I’m referring to those who demonstrate that they’ve arrived at their positions through honest reflection but I think it might go a long way towards blunting the charge of “troll”.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Well, I do endeavor to do that.
In some cases, sure I join in the stridency.
When in Rome, as they say…

Also, I think for many – my mere opposing view here on many issues makes me a ‘troll’. My tone or argument isn’t a factor in that label.
But for those who feel this should be a place for back slapping agreement, I accept they need a name.
And it’s not like I’m not called a lot worse here.
I take no offense.
All good people here – just raging over politics.
(Not sure I include Riddick there, but still.)

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Verbsoutofbalance,

ps

Best not to use “I will put immigration reform at the top of my list of things I will get done.”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I am amazed that he is still supporting Obama. There was a time I would have voted for this man. I agree with Ed that he has served our country well, and for that I admire him. However, I am afraid that he will go down in history as a bitter old man. Sad.

grummph on October 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

ps
also

You can use: “I will put coal companies out of buss. aka bankrupt them via E.P.A rules.”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Verbsoutofbalance,

Here, it is a song you can use to make it feel better, an old one but useful to you and others..

“Don’t Fence Me In.”

sing it in blues tone and method

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Colin, would you endorse a proven failure if he were white?

mseries on October 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Why does this opportunistic, POS, continue to call himself a Republican??!! If it walks like a duck….

He needs to just own up to the fact that he is a lib OR that he sticks with zerO because hes black!

kcd on October 25, 2012 at 3:15 PM

If Powell is a conservative how does he reconcile Obama with free markets, strong military, smaller government, individual liberty and property rights.

If Powell has no interest in those objectives of conservatism, or at least if he has no interest in reconciling such objectives with the words and actions of Obama, I can only conclude he believes the ends justify the means

The ends he seems to seek are, from the quotes, a rising economy, less war, and protection from terrorism. How he finds this in the current mess leads me to question Powell’s capabilities

Even the Left doesnt give him a lot of press, because he had to spin a whaler to get to his current position

entagor on October 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I love it…. AS IF… nothing Colin Powell ever did put any of his military personnel in harms way in any type of military action he ordered them into.

I love it when war mongers find a heart.

Colin Powell is NOT a conservative republican he a is wolf in traitors clothing, you are what you vote.

ActinUpinTexas on October 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Wow.
Well I appreciate your admission that this is purely about race for you.
If I am following…you are disappointed in Powell because he could have supported Romney just to prove (to those who can think of no other rationale for his supporting Obama) that he wasn’t just a black guy supporting the black guy?
Well indeed, you must be very let down.

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

But, Powell did/does support the black guy…just because of skin color. (and because he’s lying about being a Republican)

Powell is a phony, a liar and a racist.

Solaratov on October 25, 2012 at 3:48 PM

There was another time, not so very long ago, when I admired Gen. Powell as a man of dignity, honor, honesty. While I concede he still looks good in a suit, that is the extent of my admiration. In this latest fiasco he has demonstrated himself to be a man of shallow thinking with limited abilities to observe the reality of today’s world, America’s economy, and the presence of terrorism and terrorists throughout the Arab world–a terrorism that is now infringing on our own geography. With this endorsement, he appears to be a man who has sold out personal integrity to support a racial ideal.

I feel that I have lost a friend.

Crusader Rabbit on October 25, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Colin Powell is a racist and deserves to have his stars removed and demoted to colonel.

Nutstuyu on October 25, 2012 at 3:49 PM

But Powell does not share your view – he does not consider Obama to be “such an unqualified and undisciplined individual”.

This goes without saying

He’s has expressed himself quite clearly on this.
It’s fantasy to think he actually does not think highly of him and yet is still endorsing him.
You have a theory that implies some secret internal thoughts by Powell.

Where you are getting THAT idea from escapes me. My point is not that Powell holds his opinions disingenuously but that his opinion reflects, in my opinion, a defect in discernment that is informed by factors other than sound political reasoning.

You are free to hypothesize from that perspective, but it’s a pretty weak place from which to make a judgement about someone.

That, again, is an invention of your own imagination and does not accurately reflect my position.

I take him at at his word. He deserves to be taken at his word.
verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Again, I do not charge that he is lying but that he is mistaken, and because of factors which I believe are influencing his decision is a disappointment to me for a number of reasons which are more philosophical than political.

Sorry you can’t seem to get that.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 4:02 PM

(Also…is there just NO moderation here?)

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Awwww…poor lil feller. Poor, pathetic, whiney, sniveling, little troll.
Moderate this…STFU & STFD.

Solaratov on October 25, 2012 at 4:03 PM

jimver you can’t debate my points as usual, so you try to get oh so clever but as usual you fail. Actually now I will vote in honor of you in Ohio, maybe with a Democrat as President you will be able to get the mental health services you obviously so desperately need .

U2denver on October 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Awwww…poor lil feller. Poor, pathetic, whiney, sniveling, little troll.
Moderate this…STFU & STFD.

Solaratov on October 25, 2012 at 4:03 PM

STFD? Sexually transmitted foot disease?

Nutstuyu on October 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

It is more accurate to label someone who views things primarily through a racial prism and forcwhom race is the overiding factor in their thinking, as a “racialist” than a racist. A racist is one who thinks his race is superior to others. Granted, there will be overlaps but there is still a difference.

I don’t think Powell’s choices reflect racism as much as they do racialism.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Of course he didn’t get us into any new wars. There isn’t such a thing any more.

They’re called “overseas contingency operations” now. Didn’t you get the memo?

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2012/assets/overseas.pdf

VekTor on October 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Powell was always a Pentagon whore. This endorsement just makes him another political streetwalker.

senrex on October 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Turning to foreign policy, Powell said he saw “the president got us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars. And finally I think that the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very very solid. And so, I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on.”

Liar, liar, liar, enabling the biggest liar in history.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I take him at at his word. He deserves to be taken at his word.
verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Me too. He is a racist and a man without a soul. He is the penultimate political harlot, the first one being Obama.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Powell was always a Pentagon political whore. This endorsement just makes him another political streetwalker.

senrex on October 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Powell has sold his soul to any devil who’d promote him. I despise him more than the true communists.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I’m certainly not going to personally belittle a man who has served this nation almost his entire adult life until his well-deserved retirement over his political preferences in an election.

I will belittle the political harlot, who has used hue to get promoted under both parties.

He is also a pure racist.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Paul Winfield gave an excellent portrayal of a Colin Powell-type general-an empty-uniformed ass-kissing presidential flatterer in ‘Mars Attacks’. Of course, this satire , at the time, applied to Powell as perceived Republican but applies equally well to Powell as turncoat traitor Democrat.

MaiDee on October 25, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Colin Powell is an enlightened man – he knows that, in a race between two crash-test dummies you always vote for the better looking dummy!

OBAMA BABY! 2012!!

HondaV65 on October 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM

You sound like Reggie Love.

———-
Solarotov, Obama will have set race-relations back by at least 35 years, as I’ve always said.

Unfortunately a good and sound, deserving, one who earned the presidencey, will have NO chance in a looooooong time becaue Obama got in based on nothing/hue alone.

May PC kill all who’re for it.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2012 at 4:42 PM

The plane, the plane

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Again, I do not charge that he is lying but that he is mistaken, and because of factors which I believe are influencing his decision is a disappointment to me for a number of reasons which are more philosophical than political.

Sorry you can’t seem to get that.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Sorry if you feel I’m not following you –
but you are saying that his decision is “because of factors which I believe are influencing” him. There’s just nothing to support what you imply. Again, you can guess at all sorts of things – that alien’s are making him do this, or (as Ed did) that he bitter and angry at ‘Republican leadership’. But it’s fantasy and is not supported by any reading of what the man has said or how he has lived his life.
His endorsement is one that any candidate would seek and be more than pleased to have.
That your judgement about him would do a 180 simply if he chose Romney only illustrates what influences you.
And fair play to that. But don’t spin it as some sort of sound reasoning with which to form a judgment about the character of someone.
I (sincerely) would not think less of him if he endorsed Romney.
I’d just disagree with that choice.
Sorry if you’re not getting that.

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 5:04 PM

he was a racist POS in USAREUR (V Corps) in the 80′s and still is.

dmacleo on October 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Me too. He is a racist and a man without a soul. He is the penultimate political harlot, the first one being Obama.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

As you are aware, I don’t feel you throw around the word ‘harlot’ enough.

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 5:06 PM

“the president got us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars.

Umm. We’re still in Iraq, and Obama certainly brought us into a third war. This is insane.

And why is he even bothering calling himself a Republican when he’s endorsed the most liberal man we’ve had in the White House? What does he think he gains by that? Does he think Indies will see that and assume Obama’s more moderate cause an R likes him?

Esthier on October 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

That your judgement about him would do a 180 simply if he chose Romney only illustrates what influences you
verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Quote me where I stated that. Or admit you’re not quoting me accurately.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Obama gave up and quit. There’s a vast difference between terminating a war with victory and honor and simply quitting before the battle is over.

rplat on October 25, 2012 at 5:25 PM

That your judgement about him would do a 180 simply if he chose Romney only illustrates what influences you
verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Quote me where I stated that. Or admit you’re not quoting me accurately.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I concede you didn’t state that.
But…you deny that’s the case?

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 5:36 PM

It really is. The subliminal message is what will be picked up by the low-info voters and those with a racial agenda. Not that him endorsing Romney would have sent an alternative message. It isn’t by individual actions but by the entire corpus of a man that he is known.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Sorry for late reply. Had errands to run today:-) Yes, I’m sure his endorsement will have the effect you speak of to some extent. However, I don’t think any minds will be changed that intend to vote for Romney.

It’s hard to understand anyone that has paid any attention to what these almost 4 years have done to our Freedoms and this Country can even think of voting for Obama. For someone like Powell to do so just causes me to question his intelligence. Clearly his endorsement was not based on facts or reality. That it was done was clearly political but reduces him as a person in my opinion.

bluefox on October 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 5:23 PM

(I’m offline for a bit.
So if you think I’m avoiding any reply to the above – I am just not seeing it. Will check later. Thx)

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 5:38 PM

bluefox,

The RINO’s saw what Ted and conservatives did to their RINO in the run off here, they will not try him on any more.

McCain and company will co-op his ideas and make out like the ideas were his.

Closet RINO John Cornyn too will now move to the right as he knows he will get primaried by someone like Atty. Gen. of Texas Gregg Abbott and get his ass unelected too.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Hope you’re right about the RINOS taking heed. McCain isn’t to be trusted:-)

Cornyn? Oh yeah. He needs primaried. I like that A.G. Abbott too and think Cruz worked under/with him. Just hope 11/6 goes our way!!

bluefox on October 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM

That your judgement about him would do a 180 simply if he chose Romney only illustrates what influences you
verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 5:04 PM
Quote me where I stated that. Or admit you’re not quoting me accurately.
Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 5:23 PM
I concede you didn’t state that.
But…you deny that’s the case?
verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Well, first let’s deal with your unsubstantiated impugning of my character, shall we? How can we maintain a reasonable dialog if you insist on talking with a fictitious person? If you have a suspicion of my motives, just ask me the question before leveling a charge. For one thing, it illustrates that you’re not really paying attention to what it is I’m saying here as much as reading into my comments what you think I’m saying.

Look, I’m trying to give you the benefit of the doubt here, verbaluce.

Would I have preferred it if he had endorsed Romney? Absolutely. Would it have affected my opinion of him? Most definitely it would have. To what degree we can only speculate. As a Christian I retain a certain hope in the redemption of most men and I do not regard him as irredeemable. Not yet at least. So the possibility exists but again I was disappointed.

But the fact remains that he did not and therein lies the crux of the matter which I have already stated my position on. You may take my word for it or not. The choice is yours.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Yes, I’m sure his endorsement will have the effect you speak of to some extent. However, I don’t think any minds will be changed that intend to vote for Romney.

bluefox on October 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM

No, I have no fear of that either. It’s a larger picture than merely the election I was thinking about, is all.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

The Cruel Bigotry of Low Expectations.

CW on October 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Powell is a racist.

jaime on October 25, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Move along,nothing to see here.A black liberal endorses a black liberal,duh!

redware on October 25, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Fooled him once, shame on Obama. Fooled him twice, shame on Powell.

Bigfoot on October 25, 2012 at 7:24 PM

What a POS..change your party registration to dumocrat and get it over with you f@$^ing POS.

DWoDiego on October 25, 2012 at 7:34 PM

He must have gotten an Obamaphone.

curved space on October 25, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Stupid is as stupid does. Colin Powell lost it years ago and is only voting for race, nothing more.

Shame on him.

dthorny on October 25, 2012 at 9:12 PM

So much for the oath he swore to protect and defend the United States of America from all enemies, foreign and domestic…

Gohawgs on October 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Anyone with half a brain knows that Colon Biles is not a Republican, except when it benefits him to gain status. He snookered GWB into appointing him as SOS, and did a mediocre job at that post. He showed his true COLORS in 2008 when he backed the Zero for President and could not come up with any good rational to explain why he jumped ship. Same old, sam old this time around. I’d respect this jerk more if he was truthful and stated, “I’m backing Obama because he’s a brother.”

gunter on October 25, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Seems to me that Powell keeps his registration Republican because then it seems to have so much more weight (and hoped-for influence)when he votes Democrat.

Christian Conservative on October 25, 2012 at 11:57 PM

I am struggling to give Powell the benefit of the doubt that his endorsement of Obama has nothing to do with race, but is instead about the reasons he stated. However, the rational Powell’s basing his decision on rings so hollow I can only conclude that race is indeed the deciding factor. What a shame.

Regardless of whether we are at war or not in the Middle East, the simple fact is that the Islamic world is much more hostile to Western/American values and influence today than it was four years ago. I am at a complete loss as to how Powell can look past this and not see what an utter failure Obama’s foreign policy has been in the region.

mpthompson on October 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Doubling down on stupid can only mean:

a) Colin is senile
b) Colin cannot see past skin color
c) Both of the above

insidiator on October 26, 2012 at 7:45 AM

BUT, he, Obama has us on the brink of many possible wars and conflicts and no military to defend us after the gutting that is going on. he wants to spend every dime to pander to the lazy and buy their votes with handouts and they freely accept like lemmings. Colin used to be a well respected citizen, now he is on a level with the muppets as a puppet.

j bo on October 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM

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