Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed President Obama for a second term. He believes that Mitt Romney holds "very, very strong neo-conservative views". Powell is often remembered for his endorsement of the Iraq war, a view also held by many Democrats at the time.
Frankly, the endorsement is painful.
Oddly though, once one reviews Powell's stated reasons, it is not so much painful as it is perplexing.
USAToday reports that Powell cites climate change, health care, immigration and education as some of the reasons for his endorsement. Additionally, Powell is happy that Obama "got the United States out of war in Iraq and is starting to get the United States out of Afghanistan." Powell mentions that he speaks to the president "regularly".
President Obama opposed the highly effective troop "surge" in Iraq, and was the pull-out under his watch successful? The Washington Times predicted at the time of the "pull-out";
"U.S. troops will be vacating Iraq at a time when neither Baghdad's counterterrorism skills nor its abilities to protect against invasion are at levels needed to fully protect the country, say analysts long involved in the nearly nine-year war."
Just today, Gulf News reports:
"Iraq has yet to attain a level of peace and stability that would allow the nation to move forward. The fact that violence is still part and parcel of the everyday reality makes it impossible for the country to move successfully towards nation-building. Until and unless stability is ensured, Iraq will continue to suffer from bloodshed."
Is this the "success" to which Powell refers?
Do Americans recall the constant pounding by the mainstream media during the time of President Bush, when the buzz was whether or not to televise bodies coming home? Why is this no longer discussed? Consider that nearly two-thirds of American fatalities in Afghanistan occurred under President Obama's watch (during a quarter of its duration).
Is this success, Mr. Powell?
As far as climate change (failed green stimulus), health care (largest tax on Americans in History), immigration (really?) and education (more teachers), it simply doesn't wash. Perhaps some Americans are cool with the regular stomping on the Constitution and the rights of the States. This author is "radical" in the belief that dumping money on problems does not work, Americans should not be forced into a system where rationing will be the new normal, (legal) immigrants should be embraced and welcome, and simply hiring more teachers is not a recipe for success.
Powell also made a non-specific reference to Mitt Romney's "very, very strong neo-conservative views," as reported by CNN. What are these "neo-conservative views"? This author believes in restoring the integrity of the Constitution. Mitt Romney has echoed his faith in the founding documents on numerous occasions, as has his running mate. Is this the radical view in which Powell refers?
Perhaps Colin Powell was just sick of being called an "Uncle Tom".
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