Yesterday, retired general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for President. Watch his comments and endorsement below. It's worth the seven minutes.
After Secretary Powell went before the U.N. on behalf of the Bush Administration and "made the case" for preemptive war in Iraq, I lost some respect for the general. In going before the Security Council he was doing what he's always done in his career: he was being the good soldier. At times, that is called for, needed, and necessary. This was not one of those times. I wish Secretary Powell had resigned over the order he was given to be party in an egregious, outright set of lies that led us to the mess we are in today in Iraq.
Secretary Powell is, overall and one historical moment of bad judgment not withstanding, a man of principal. He is measured, thoughtful, and not easily impressed. He does not give an endorsement strictly along party or demographic lines. For those who think Mr. Powell is endorsing Mr. Obama because he is black, they gravely underestimate Mr. Powell. And for those who think Mr. Powell is a sell-out to his party for endorsing Mr. Obama, they need to take a long, hard look in the mirror. It wasn't that long ago that our ancestors were emigrants, foreigners, and slave owners. America is for everyone and everyone's sacrifice and service matters--regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or politics.
Mr. Powell's endorsement of Mr. Obama sends a loud and clear message that America is and must be for everyone.
Thank you, Mr. Powell.