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Colin Powell: Obama is Not a Muslim, But What if He Were?

Colin Powell on Meet the Press:

I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, “He’s a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.” This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

Lying to the country about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, like Colin Powell did, is also not “the way we should be doing it in America.” Some partisan Democrats will be hugging Colin Powell as if his judgment were exemplary today because he’s endorsed Barack Obama and therefore in their minds he must be credible, or at least exploitable as if he were credible. I don’t believe Colin Powell is a credible authority; he sacrificed his credibility for loyalty’s sake in 2003. It is not at all important to me that Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama, because I don’t trust what Colin Powell says. But in this case what Colin Powell has said is nevertheless true, and I am glad that someone has taken to the airwaves to say it.

4 comments to Colin Powell: Obama is Not a Muslim, But What if He Were?

  • HareTrinity

    Did Colin definitely know he was lying?

    Again, I’m taking it as a good thing that the line between Republicans and Democrats is becoming blurred; finding a consensus and having some agreement is something that far more governments could do with.

    I’m not saying they should lie or plain compromise, but things could be done easier if there was focus on the agreements rather than the arguments.

    The defusing of the RED VS BLUE mindset is a start to this.

  • HareTrinity

    By the way, is it true that McCain said the last 8 yrs have been bad for America?

    Shouldn’t he mean the last 16 yrs, or is he really admitting Clinton was better?

  • Darebrit

    Having the courage to stand before history and recognise openly that “All men are created equal”, shows great courage. Especially when the man doing it was a senior member of the government that lied its way into a war from which there is no hope of honorable withdrawal.

    Colin Powell has show greater courage than John McCain or any other conservative republican. His comments concerning Obamas religeous convictions, show statesmanship and integrity greatly lacking in members of the current administration.

    Mr. Powell has redeemed his mistakes made in the first Bush cabinet and he should be appropriatley recognised for his statesmanship. Perhaps Secretary of State under Obama?

  • Care

    If you look at past Meet the Press interviews with Mr. Powell you will see that he was misinformed about WMD. Whether or not those claims are true we may never know; but it wouldn’t be the first time the US government lied to its officials to convince an international council; Stephenson was told that the US had absolutely no part in the Bay of Pigs, and the US obviously did, but Stephenson was sent to the UN to defend this position, and ended up looking like a fool. I don’t know that I have an opinion about Powell either way because I simply don’t know if his claims are true.

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