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Powell Still Undecided, Won't Attend Dem Convention

By Jonathan Weisman and Karen DeYoung
Former secretary of State Colin Powell, responding to a burst of speculation that he would endorse Barack Obama, said he would absolutely not be attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver and has not decided which candidate he supports.

"I am not attending either political convention," Powell wrote in an e-mail. "As I have said for some time, I know both candidates and I am studying their positions and statements. I have not decided who I will vote for."

The statement is sure to continue stoking speculation that Powell may some day endorse Obama, but it throws cold water on an assertion made by conservative commentator Bill Kristol that the deed was done. The Weekly Standard publisher told Fox News that not only would Powell endorse Obama at the convention but he might speak on his behalf. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, told the liberal website Huffington Post the same thing, further stoking the frenzy.

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Colin Powell is African American and pandering to Obama because he is African American. There is too much pressure to a minority and support Obama.

That should not be a criteria for being president for anone who is not African American.

90% of Americans are not Black. Our next president will be judged on who can take on the war, international conflicts, resolve our economic problems and be the next world leader.

America does not need an icon. We need a leader.

McCain 2008

I am black and I approve of this posting. I am not voting for Obama but my friends and people in the community do not know. I keep it a secret because they would hate me if I told them. Same problem with Colin Powell I am sure.

Posted by: Grace | August 15, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

McCain appeared ready to drag America into a 3rd front the other day with his threatening Russia. Does America need someone who quick on the trigger of war right now? He has already embraced Bush on Iraq? Because of Stop Loss some of our sons and daughters have already served 2 tours in the war zones. Many are now serving their 3rd or 4th tours. We have children now who half of their lives have known nothing but war and in two years will be asked to serve somewhere in a war zone in this world perhaps in Afghanistan, or Iraq and now perhaps fighting Russia. Peace has become a distance memory.

Already China has move ahead of the America in Manufacturing. After a 30 year program on energy savings Germany is in a better position to face the future then we are. Special interests like the Oil company executives need their profits in their lifetime at the expense of America’s future.

It not too late for America. Its not to late to save the future for our children. Thats why I’m voting for Obama.

Posted by: Bobby | August 15, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 14, 2008 12:14 AM
A national security conservative wouldn't pick Obama over McCain.

Posted by: jewelsgold | August 13
Powell will never endorse the Obamanation simply because he is very intelligent and knows what kind of person it takes to lead this country
Posted by: Frank


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Posted by: Katerina Deligiannis | August 14, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

To Corruption anon. It is not a crime to be married to the woman who inherited a large beer distributing business.

The subject here is General Colin Powell - a true American hero who was misled by the same misinformation that we all received.
Gen. Powell will probably remain silent and exercise his right in a private voting booth. Smart man.

Posted by: Karolyn | August 14, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Forget a Colin Powell, no one is going to beg him, it is not that serious. Go crawl up under a rock where you should be, after what you cost the country.

Posted by: Dawn | August 14, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Colin - just don't wait too long......

Posted by: nclwtk | August 14, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Cheney, Wolfowitz and company wanted to connect Iraq to 9/11 and invade them in 2001. It was Powell who managed to derail them at that time. While I remember Powell at the UN with making the case for the Iraq war in early 2003, I also do remember that he was the one who insisted that the administration must go through the UN to get international support. By doing this, he was able to delay the start of the war for several months.

A Powell endorsement of Obama would not necessarily be seen as a black endorsement, but rather a repudiation of the GWB administration and by extension, McCain. Powell and McCain have been friends for 30 years. If he has not endorsed McCain by this late date, doesn't that suggest something is amiss?

Posted by: The Franchise | August 14, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

GEN. Powell we need you, now more than ever
that lunatic McShame, is about to blow up
the whole world,we veterans are reinstating
back in public service,we have republician
gooks, on our right flank,we need support why is
it when everytime,we broke a barrier,we have to be better than all of our oppontent,jesse owens who defied hitler
wht.supremacy,joe louis,jackie robinson,

jim brown,etc, Oh yes we can!
P.S I seen that girly-boy seanita,beating up on obama grandmother last night!

Posted by: HORNY FOR HANNITY | August 14, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Poor Colin Powell -- his neocon associates never respected him and they still goad him just for fun. Mr. Powell chose to be a Bush republican and now he is irrelevant to the nation. It's a shame that he believed his duty was to sacrifice his integrity for a bunch of liars that didn't give a rat's ass about him. What an absolute waste of talent and leadership -- arguably the most influential black man in America after Dr. King felled by his own "loyalty" sword. Now he's the poster boy for the "how good soldiers can go bad" lessons learned story.

Posted by: WallyWonka | August 14, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I know it's hard for average Americans to keep track of the endless list of Republican perverts, criminals, and scandals.

So as a public service, republicanoffenders (website) provides a long, long, long list of Republican criminals from the past ten years...nicely organized by category (pedophiles, drugs/prostitution, corruption/bribery, rape, lewd conduct, assorted felonies, fraud/embezzlement etc etc etc).

Looks like only about 400 or so Republicans it's obviously a work in progress.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 14, 2008 5:46 AM | Report abuse

By the way, you McCain ppl who are reading this know what's going on, and you ppl will burn in hell.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 14, 2008 5:18 AM | Report abuse

There are no atheists in foxholes, and Republicans with cancer understand the importance of health care for everybody
really quickly.

We are all in this together. Life and death isn't a white thing, a black thing, a latin thing. It's a people thing.

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 14, 2008 3:28 AM | Report abuse

You Republicans are so dumb. It is stupid to keep our people stupid, and it is sick to keep our people sick. The top 1%, which many of you Republicans delusionally aspire to be in, is the most crookedist crowd on this planet. They got their money doing dodgy sh*t, and they hire lawyers and under-report their income and underpay their taxes. You people are getting screwd. Us Obama people, on avg, have college degrees+. You ppl have your distorted map of reality. You've been played. Catch a clue. Call yourselves southern evangelistists. You are being played. Hard. Get an education. Get insurance. We need for all of us to compete against the Chinese and Indians. We need to make a breakthrough in environmental technology. We have the base, don't be stupid and don't buy into the Republican lies. There is no easy way out. Energy independence requires and intelligent solution. Don't go down without an intelligent fight.

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 14, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what Colin Powell thinks? The time for him to speak up has long past. He didn't have the stones to run himself when he could easily have won, and he didn't have the guts to resign his position when he became aware of the knowing falsehoods perpetrated by his administration. He was promising, but ultimately a coward.

Posted by: Chicago1 | August 14, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Join us General Colin Powell :-)

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008)

Barack Obama '08

Posted by: Cooday | August 14, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Mighty Sparrow: Barack the Magnificent

Posted by: Eagle Ch’áak’ | August 14, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

So a new book,negative as it can be, written by the same man who OPENLY ADMITTED he over exaggerated, and mis-used information to Swiftboat Kerry, and anyone wants to cite his work?? You neo-cons are damaged, aren't you/
Colin Powell may have been misguided through his time in office with Bush, but he did his job full and as true as he was led to beleive.He was never in a position to question information, gather information, he was simply the conduit (quite convincingly) that delivered the story that we have had to watch unfold over the last 6 years.I beleive his departure from his position was a mild attempt to side step a larger growing albatross of apologies he would later have had to submit.
Wonder if he's vetted for Obama, on the short list of surprises????????

Posted by: Mullett | August 14, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

LOL. That's another deluded idea from the insular, bubble world of DailyKos. Like who in America won't believe that a Colin Powell endorsement of Barack Obama wouldn't be racially motivated? Only those people living in a one-sided world of extreme rhetoric. The belief that Colin Powell would a good endorsement can only stem from deliberate ignorance of how Obama doesn't shape up as a military candidate. Colin Powell is a Republican for reasons of being conservative for national security, social or economic opinions. A national security conservative wouldn't pick Obama over McCain. Neither would a social or economic conservative, given Obama's stated ideas this year.

Colin Powell's endorsement would be perceived by everyone as just another black bonding or race-based endorsement. That doesn't help Obama. He needs to get the focus off race.

It's not at all like an Oprah endorsement, when she was picking among Democrats. She was a liberal choosing among liberals, and being in media and entertainment, she would be in BOTH of Obama's natural bases. Oprah's endorsement helps Obama because on a subconscious level it works as a pragmatic and ideological vote.

Colin Powell doesn't naturally sway Obama's way for pragmatic ideological reasons.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 14, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

who'll get a brain cancer next.


Posted by: I wonder | August 14, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, Elliot Abrams, Richard Perle, The Kagans, Donald Rumsfeld, Charles Krauthammer, Douglas Feith, Condoliezza Rice, Mukaskey, John Negroponte, Michael Chertoff, Otto Reich...TRAITORSeveryone.

and others NEO CONARTISTs

conservatives???? if you mean zionist or zionist USING

JINSA PNAC CSP Jews for genocide that is what those names stand for...

Posted by: tesseracts of Lovebitme. | August 14, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell's reputation was tarnished during his four years working for the Bush-Cheney regime. He was used by them, but he could have stood by his principles and resigned earlier, so his lessened prestige is partly his fault.

Powell will not help repair his reputation if he endorses McCain the warmonger, who is to the right of Bush and about the same as Cheney on most foreign policy subjects.

Posted by: Independent | August 13, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

believe in Thanksgiving Parades,

work i snotall it's cracked up to be,

praise the lord and let loose the dawgs of war.


Posted by: I | August 13, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

General Powell compromised his integrity, once; let us hope that he will not do so, again. Unlike many of his detractors, I do not believe that Colin Powell is forever to blame for his misguided loyalty to the Bush administration. True, his loyalty was costly and hardly admirable, but he is human, after all. I still admire him because I believe there is more to him than this one incident. His integrity is deeper than mere politics, I believe.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Powell will never endorse the Obamanation simply because he is very intelligent and knows what kind of person it takes to lead this country , and Obama isn't even close in any way. He can't say his real choice (Mccain) because he knows the black community will come down on him. He knows all the sorid details of the rampid corruption of Chicago politicians and Obama's radical,extreme leftist friends. Like his good friend in Africa he has been supporting who is a radical muslim, who's group recently bombed a Christian church killing all the people inside. That is the kind of scum the arrogant racist has surrounded himself with all his life. Read the new book about Obama, exposing him for who he really is, not the pretty picture the media is portraying of him. It is called "The Obama Nation" and it will shock you.

Posted by: jewelsgold | August 13, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

A report from the New England Historic Genealogical Society has turned up some fascinating connections. It turns out Barack Obama, for example, is a distant cousin to Brad Pitt and Winston Churchill.

Winston Churchill and Barack Obama are distance cousins. The world will be safe. It runs in the family.

Posted by: cooday | August 13, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

August 13, 2008
McCain Was Right About Putin
By Jack Kelly

It was March of 1939, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was shocked that a man he trusted had gone back on his word.

Chamberlain, German dictator Adolf Hitler and French Prime Minister Edouard Daladier had met in Munich the previous September. There the British and French leaders assented to the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia in exchange for Hitler's promise his territorial ambitions would be satisfied with the acquisition of the Sudetenland.

Chamberlain had told his Cabinet Hitler "would not deliberately deceive a man whom he respected and with whom he had been in negotiation." But now Hitler had marched his troops into the rest of Czechoslovakia.

Chamberlain was as mistaken about Hitler's opinion of him as he was of Hitler's geopolitical intentions. "Our enemies are little worms," the German dictator told his aides. "I saw them at Munich."

Turning points in history usually are hard to detect when they are occurring. Most Americans were too absorbed with the Olympics and the John Edwards sex scandal to pay much attention to the Russian invasion of Georgia over the weekend.

"Historians will come to view August 8, 2008 as a turning point no less significant than Nov. 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell," wrote the military historian Robert Kagan in the Washington Post Monday.

Russia (pop 140.7 million) has immediate, intermediate and long term goals for invading its democratic neighbor (pop 4.6 million), all invidious to our interests.

The immediate goal is to prop up high oil prices, without which Russia's faltering economy might implode. A major oil pipeline (featured in a 1999 James Bond film) runs from the oilfields around the Caspian sea through Georgia to the Turkish port of Ceyhan. A major interruption of supplies (about one percent of the world's oil flows through the BTC pipeline) could reverse the recent decline in oil prices. Russia tried to bomb the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, and an adjacent natural gas pipeline, but missed.

The intermediate goal is to force from office Georgia's democratically elected, pro-Western president, Mikheil Saakashvili, and replace him with a Soviet stooge. This would put the kibosh on the efforts of Georgia and other former Soviet republics to join NATO.

The long term goal of Russian strong man Vladimir Putin, who described the collapse of the Soviet Union as "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the (20th) century," is to force Georgia and the other former Soviet satellites back into the Russian orbit, and thus to give Russia powerful leverage over the economies of Western Europe. The BTC oil pipeline and the BTE natural gas pipeline are the only pipelines to Western Europe not under Russian control.

Whether Mr. Putin achieves these goals depends, in large part, on the extent to which Western leaders imitate Chamberlain and Daladier.

History never repeats itself exactly, but there are frequent echoes, because greed, stupidity, and cowardice are universal human traits, and our capacity for self delusion seems infinite.

Mr. Putin is using the same excuse for invading Georgia (protecting Russian ethnic minorities) that Hitler used for invading Czechoslovakia and Poland (protecting German minorities). French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has flown to Moscow to head peace negotiations, seems as eager to accept that excuse as Daladier was in 1938.

When Russian tanks rolled into Georgia, President Bush remained in Beijing, swatting the fannies of U.S. Olympic volleyball players, perhaps because, like Neville Chamberlain, he trusted too much in the word of a dictator.

When he met Vladimir Putin in 2001, President Bush said: "I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul." But in his press statement Monday, Mr. Bush said Moscow's attacks are "inconsistent with assurances we have received from Russia that its objectives were limited to restoring the status quo in South Ossetia that existed before the fighting began on August the 6th."

"Mr. President, did you hold off speaking out and acting because of these assurances?" asked Gordon Chang on Commentary magazine's blog. "Your reliance on Russian promises would explain your inadequate response to a clear act of aggression."

When John McCain looked into Vladimir Putin's eyes, he saw "a K, a G, and a B." He is our Winston Churchill. We will need him soon.

Posted by: Scott | August 13, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Powell is smart enough - now - to avoid this political landmine. He won't let Kristol win.

Posted by: matt | August 13, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are shameless attacking celebrities during the Olympics. I going to remember that in Nov when I vote!

Posted by: Kevin | August 13, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Can we cut through the malarky?

McCain married into an organized crime family. He's dirty, and he should step down prior to the convention for... health reasons.

What an a$$.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 13, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Joss Stone to record Barack Obama campaign song!

They are going to be attack Joss Stone not just Colin Powell!!!

Beware Republican attack smearing machine!!!

Joss Stone has fans!!!!

Posted by: Alex | August 13, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Can we cut through the malarkey?

Obama's dreamy and all, but the notion that he is remotely qualified to be President is preposterous. A hoot. Gut-bustingly hilarious.

Posted by: j.a.m. | August 13, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

black I will vote for the best person,

not the best propagandist supported regime of BS.

I have beauty and intelligence fear me.

Posted by: I am | August 13, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

It would like very much like a racist move if Powell supported Obama.Powell would have to explain why he stood before the U.N. and said Iraq had WMDs he worked for Bush for one term. It would be the biggest flip flop ever and Powell is too well respected to move now. This leaves him the option to work for a republican or democrat and not look phony.

Posted by: musing | August 13, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: zazzle | August 13, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Another rumor begun by Obamabots!
Like the LIE they circulated that NOW had endorsed Obama.
NOW had endorsed Hillary, but haven't jumped on the Obamabot wagon.

Posted by: Frank | August 13, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

You want the truth about John McCain?

You can't handle the truth!

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 13, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

PUMA. What all 443 of them?

Talk about a lunatic fringe. Politicians should never believe their own bs. Lie, cheat and steal, that comes with the territory, but stick to reality.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 13, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I think Rove/Schmit are trying to take the celebrites out of the election cycle by silencing them. Making them afraid to publicly show support for Obama.

Or could Rove/Schmidt as Carl Jung would put it have deep down hidden desires for Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. When Rove/Schmidt think of celebrities thats who that think of!

When Democrats thinks of Celebrities with millions of fans we think of cool celebrities like Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Robert De Niro and yes Scarlett Johansson.

General Colin Powell is a celebrity too and you know they will go after him too if he endorses Obama.

Cool Celebrities are what make America great.

Posted by: Jud Jud Paul | August 13, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama should be more concered with PUMA. And all of you that even dare speak of :throwing anyone under the bus", in regards to Powell. Lets see...Obama has thrown His Rev., His church and his grandmother "under the bus". Now find a corner and be real real quiet!

Posted by: Ario | August 13, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

He is black. Of course he will vote for BO.

Posted by: Fightertom34 | August 13, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

You Republicans are pathetic. Turning on Gen. Powell, who has performed much more distinguished military service for this country than Sen. McCain, who was told he'd never make admiral in the Navy despite his legacy status (why? because he sucked as an officer), just because it looks like Powell will endorse Sen. Obama's foreign policy as being the best for America.

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 13, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Powell has proven by by his own actions that he is nothing more than a careerist bootlicker, an order follower. His presumed gravitas has more to do with his polished standard English accent and even-handed personal demeanor. When it comes to politicos - don't listen to what they say, watch what they do.

Posted by: numi | August 13, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse


Do you think that McCain's crime network in Arizona has paid their fair share of taxes through the years?

He admitted that he didn't disclose the money he got from Keating. And basically got off scot-free.

Hate to bring it to you, but a lot of the super wealthy got that way by being *very* crooked.

Look at Russia today. It's the same old story. The games that people play don't change.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 13, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The Bush/Cheney/Rummy cabal threw Powell under the bus before the UN with the bunk about WMDs to justify military action in Iraq. Obama had the sense to speak out against the war and the consequences of such foolhardy military action. Powell, you owe the GOP nothing but a swift kick in the arse, just like they gave you. Endorse Obama!

Posted by: Black and Bitter Like Coffee | August 13, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

The republican attack bullies hate celebrities and their fans and also generals!!!

Posted by: Annie | August 13, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow! This news has hit the villages in Alaska! Could this be true? It would be great if it was true. Obama needs the support of a great General like Colin Powell. This time his voice would be valued and listened to. The Republicans threw him under the Bus the last time.

Posted by: Yeil Raven | August 13, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"For Powell a...self-professed Republican to claim he is "undecided" speaks a lot to the state of the presidential race."

It may speak to Powell's lack of confidence in McCain but it may also speak either to Powell's lack of interest in politics, or his fear of committing himself to a loser.

Powell needs to get off the fence and make a commitment to a candidate or declare that he won't. He hardly seems like the presidential timber; he's seems as cool and calculating as Hilary Clinton.

Posted by: Jon D. | August 13, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell's endorsement might have meant something 8 years ago. Before he became a lying toady for the fascist neo-con's. Now it's a blessing that he's keeping his lie hole shut.
BTW, polls are a propaganda tool. They don't reflect public opinion. They shape public opinion.

Posted by: DWayne | August 13, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse


You don't really believe those numbers, do you? If so, then you should be riding unicorns with the rest of us idealistic bleeding heart liberals.

The top 1% hire lawyers, work the system, under-report their income and underpay their taxes.

Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Islands, dodgy tax disclosures. Do you believe the books for the sports teams? Those guys are milking it, in so many different ways. And a lot of them are like Jeremy Jacobs of Delaware North and have a long history of playing it fast and loose- and under the table in the cash economy.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 13, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

For Powell a "military man" and self-professed Republican to claim he is "undecided" speaks a lot to the state of the presidential race.

I think that are a significant amount of Republicans out there who are truly "undecided" about McCain. This presidential race has the position to a close one or a landslide for Obama.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 13, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

He has a typical civil servant, military mentality. He does and follows whoever is in power tells him to do. Actually, that is how he managed to climb up on top in the military. To be promoted in ranks you have to be a complying yes man. So whoever is elected in November, shouldn't worry appointing him to a cabinet post, whatever it will be, for like in the military,he will blindly obey the commandant's (President's) orders. Why did he unquestioningly present a false Weapon of Mass Destruction scenario to the UN Council? Because the sly Cheyennes and Bush s knew he would obligedly do.

Posted by: Ali Baba | August 13, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

You mean if your dumb you end up in Iraq Kerry? Yeah he is a good one to talk...LOLOL

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

You Obama people are really sick. IF Powell would have endorsed Obama he too would walk on water but he says NO and he is what a nothing man? Now isn't that a little racist? It is his vote and his alone just like every other citizen of this country, and like they say who you vote for is between you and the voting booth no one else. Powell has dedicated his life to this country, fought for this country, on that alone he deserves your respect no matter how the heck he votes!

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Posted by: Katherine | August 13, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

To Bruce Becker:
Good point, but if you're going to throw out stats, then get this one: the top 1% of Americans earned 25% of the income last year, but they paid 37% of the taxes. Doesn't fit your narrative, does it?

Posted by: Lurker37 | August 13, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

25% of large US corporations paid no federal income tax in 2005.

Vote for Obama and lower YOUR taxes.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 13, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

How to lie with statistics, part 2:

Pew has Obama with a 3pt lead, but the poll has only 225 blacks in the 2414 sample. That's 9%, and in 2k4 blacks were 11% of the electorate for John Kerry. This year it'll be 13%. That 4% differential, which will go 95% Obama, means almost an 8 point swing from McCain to Obama. It isn't a 3 point lead, it's a 8-10 point lead.

And, of course, the media, in their wisdom will write a lot of nonsense about how generic ballots show dems with a 10% so why does Obama 'only' have a 3pt lead. It must be race, we must inflame the people and sell papers. Knuckleheads.

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 13, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

We would welcome General Colin Powell. We would fight for the General against the Republican attack machine on the blogs.

I took time from watching the Olymics to to check the internet so you can see how fast the Gen. Colin Powell news travels.

Now back to the the Olympics.

Posted by: Eagle nas’gadooshú | August 13, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye General a time when we really needed you to speak out, you were silent. You have lost all credibility with me. Time to retire as a paid consultant to the American Enterprise Institute....join Richard Perle and William Kristol and others on the ash-heap of history.

Posted by: photty | August 13, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powel being portrayed as a great moralist is sickening. Might as well extoll Mugabe as well. CP was the one who waved a few pieces of paper at the UN in 2003 and claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. He lent his clout to the effort to get the UN to go along with a murderous campaign against the Iraqi people. CP should be worried about joining the other abetters of murder at the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

Posted by: Andy | August 13, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

By the way, for those of you who are quants, here's today's poll for Virginia that shows Obama and McCain tied.

Interesting though, they had the black vote at 19% in their poll, when in 2k4 it was 21% (and will likely be 24% this year) and they had blacks voting for Obama at a 57% rate (Kerry got 87%). Latinos going for Obama at 35%. Talk about shoddy work.

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 13, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the catch, Stan. What role do you think Powell will play in an Obama (or McCain) Admin?

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 13, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

What in the world are you talking about Jim? I think Colin is doing what every American SHOULD be doing. Only he's limiting himself to two parties.

Posted by: Professor Arkham | August 13, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Completely in character, Powell refuses to take a principled stand. It is a shame that a man who could affect US policy so decisively repeatedly refuses to do so. I respect and admire him, but he has fallen woefully short of his potential to improve the world.

Posted by: Jim | August 13, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell was one of the few honest people in Dubys's administration. Cheney and the lying neocons set Powell up by feeding him false information about Iraqi WMD's which he presented to the United Nations. Because Powell was correct in cautioning against war with Iraq, the wrong-headed neocons (with no war experience) came to hated Powell because he was right. Now only the snakes and slimebuckets remain aboard the sinking ship of state with Bush.

Posted by: Tom in Alabama | August 13, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Powell 2008

Posted by: Jim | August 13, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

When I look at Powell I get a sense of safety and security. Obama gives me a sense of insecurity. Obama just came out of nowhere and the media just loves him that alone gives me the creeps.

Posted by: JVB | August 13, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Who cares who Colin Powell endorses?

Posted by: Sara B. | August 13, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

"Perhaps they will create a special position for him- he's already been SecDef, and if Biden isn't VP he's probably getting that.

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 13, 2008 7:36 PM "
Misinformation : He was the Sec of State not sec of def!
"Secretary Powell was a professional soldier for 35 years, during which time he held myriad command and staff positions and rose to the rank of 4-star General. His last assignment, from October 1, 1989 to September 30, 1993, was as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense. During this time, he oversaw 28 crises, including Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf war." quoted from his white house bio. btw He would make an excellent Sec of DEf..Or excellent vp for John McCain

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Posted by: Stan Philly | August 13, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

This summarizes Powell's Vietnam
experience well:

Posted by: ArtDodger | August 13, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol, one of biggest windbags of our day, who got a job with his Daddy's paper, and has impeccable neocon credentials, needs to do an honest day's work before daydreaming talking points for Fox. He has 0 credibility IMO.

Posted by: Bob | August 13, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

colin powell's a follower -- always has been -- he'll make up his mind when somebody he follows tells him what to do

Posted by: herbert-de-turbot | August 13, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Powell has always disappointed when it comes to guts, integrity, intellectual honest. In the end he'll be back in the GOP fold. That's his way, whether it's the cover up of the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam or the lies at the UN that sunk the U.S. into the Iraq ditch...He talks a beautiful game but he's never provided leadership, just fronted for the Cheneys of the world...It's all a scheme from the Right to build the expectation of a Powell endorsement knowing all the while he's in their pocket.

Posted by: ArtDodger | August 13, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Powell is good choice for president if he is a candidate. He has the experience, the capacity, the knowledge to lead. I could vote for him but not Obama. Wake up people before it is too late. We always believe that Hillary is a better choice and will become great president.
I wonder why M. Dowd of the New York Times is so hateful of Hillary. Instead of helping another woman, she is so envious of her. Read her article on how she psycho analyze Hillary. It is crazy.

Posted by: AE | August 13, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Powell is good choice for president if he is a candidate. He has the experience, the capacity, the knowledge to lead. I could vote for him but not Obama. Wake up people before it is too late. We always believe that Hillary is a better choice and will become great president.
I wonder why M. Dowd of the New York Times is so hateful of Hillary. Instead of helping another woman, she is so envious of her. Read her article on how she psycho analyze Hillary. It is crazy.

Posted by: AE | August 13, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Please look up My Lai and what Powell did there. Public memory is way too short.

Posted by: Integrity | August 13, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

No,doubt on that powell is a couraGEOUS is matter where he uses his courage.This is his once in a life time chance to undo his personal inner soul of UN misgiving.god bless us all.

Posted by: seattle | August 13, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"I see General Powell as a man of integrity and loyalty" Right, he helped lie us into this war.

"I could never imagine General Powell make a play on race the way Obama has" Yes it's such an advantage being black! No wonder Obama is exploiting it - Get real, McCain is the one using race against Obama.

Posted by: Michael | August 13, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

If Gen. Powell believes, as he has hinted, that an Obama Administration would give America a clean slate and a better chance to rebuild relations with our allies, then he'll likely time his 'endorsement' for maximum effect: the last three or four days. Then he'll say that he's given it a lot of thought, it's not based on skin color, or how badly the press has bashed Michelle Obama, etc.- it's based on his belief that American foreign policy will be best conducted in an Obama Administration, which he will, no doubt, keep all of his options open to serving in, should his President, whoever that may be, call on him. Perhaps they will create a special position for him- he's already been SecDef, and if Biden isn't VP he's probably getting that.

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 13, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Of course he'll not commit himself. He is waiting for bribes from whomever to determine if he can be nominated for VP or President. This guy is the quintessential prevaricator, with no fundamental philosophy or sense of duty. The wind blows left, he leans left; the wind blows right, he leans right. Powell is an embarrassment to the military and to his parents. He has no "self". America is dying due to people like Powell.

Posted by: rwruger | August 13, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is deciding which is the lesser of the two evils. I doubt he's optimistic about the future of our country.

Posted by: Speed Racer | August 13, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

It is to be hoped Powell joins the Obama team.

I'd take Powell as SecDef over Wesley Clark, for example. "Pristina Incident" anyone?

Posted by: Old MSgt | August 13, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"I see General Powell as a man of integrity and loyalty."
Loyalty?, yes, integrity?, hmmm, maybe not so much.
Remember during the run up to the Iraq war when Colin Powell got in front of the world with his PowerPoint presentation and showed us the "evidence" of Sadaam Hussein's arsenal of WMD's?

Prior to him giving his infamous presentation he was called into a meeting with the neocons and given a script or outline that he was to present, he read it and threw the papers into the air and said "I can't read this, this is Bul**hit!"

You know what, he did anyway even though he knew it wasn't true.

So, loyalty, I'll give him that but please don't try to tell me that he is a man of integrity.

Posted by: JR | August 13, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I am really wondering if General Powell is ever anything but "undecided". The Iraq War is just as much his as "the decider" and I really do not care who he is going to vote for---nor does anybody else. Let him drive his corvett and leave the heavy lifting to leaders who have actually formed opinions.

Posted by: Jason Liens | August 13, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey JakeD

Bet he still endorses OBAMA.

and that will be GOOD.

Posted by: llewis40 | August 13, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

General Powell is a City College man - he comes from the old school of strong values combined with great talent. I see General Powell as a man of integrity and loyalty.

I could never imagine General Powell make a play on race the way Obama has. The general is way above that; he just doesn't need to do that - and wouldn't stoop so low. In that way, he is a true uniter.

I admire that Powell has not made up his mind. That takes courage and guts. If Hillary had not won the Democratic nomination, I would have voted for General Powell hands down had he been the Democratic winner.

But I won't vote for Obama. Obama could certainly learn from the general.

Posted by: Lesley | August 13, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell should really check in and see if has a heart and any courage left. After his descent into the Bush hades, and making a lying fool of himself at the U.N., along with showing absolutely no backbone nor courage by going along with the Bush crimes: his endorsement is not worth much. It would actually do Powell a whale of good to stand up and admit he was wrong and if he really believes in Obama, then back him up. But Powell may be a bought man...those GOP dollars go a long way to corrupt a once good man.

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