Monday, October 20, 2008

Colin Powell supports Obama.

Until today I cannot understand how a bunch of war mongering neocons got him to do what he did at the UN. It was a moment he described as the lowest point in his life. Perhaps it was his loyalty that got the better of him. Still, many Americans trust and respect him ...and his support for Obama counts.

http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/08/19/powell.un/

Here's is an extract from his testimony -"Why I'm voting for Obama".

I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery. And she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards -- Purple Heart, Bronze Star; showed that he died in Iraq; gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then at the very top of the headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross. It didn't have a Star of David. It had a crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Kahn, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he could go serve his country, and he gave his life.
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Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourself in this way. And John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know. But I'm troubled about the fact that within the party we have these kinds of expressions.
So, when I look at all of this and I think back to my Army career, we've got two individuals, either one of them could be a good president. But which is the president that we need now? Which is the individual that serves the needs of the nation for the next period of time?

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And I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities -- and we have to take that into account -- as well as his substance. He has both style and substance. He has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president.

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I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the world -- onto the world stage, onto the American stage and for that reason, I'll be voting for Senator Barack Obama.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wah Lucky! You have been very productive recently, keeping us updated almmost daily, cheers!

Strangely, you know what this reminds me, you were saying the competition between socialism and capitalism brought the latter to greater heights, now there's new competition, whether which variety of capitalism will succeed, the Europe model socialism tinged, the down-but-not-out US model, or the Chinese model that probably had some pedigree for Singapore.

Anonymous said...

The one who said it's the lowest point in his life is not COlin Powell, but his aide Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

Alan Wong said...

Colin Powell had every right to support or oppose Obama since he is a US citizen.

What I don't understand is why our LKY not too long ago and not being a US citizen, said something to the effect that Obama would not make a suitable US President?

It is as if his son LHL was in any position, make for a better PM!

Also, why meddle in another country's politics when you do not like others to meddle in yours ?

Speaking of graciousness, LKY definitely has none.

Anonymous said...

Obama's middle name is "Hussein".

Enough said. McCain to win.

Anonymous said...

To the above anon,

Lee Hsien Loong's first son Lee Yi Peng (Lee Kuan Yew's favorite) has a 'Lee' in it.

Enough said. Lee Yi Peng to be the next PM of Singapore!! Ho Ching will cry her eyes out :-)

Anonymous said...

Here in SG, the pap govt and its lapdog media will engage in politics that polarize the people instead of uniting them.

recruit ong

Anonymous said...

You spread nonsense and rubbish not just in your blog but in www.sammyboy.com by using "Division1" nickname.

You are just a great governement balls sucker!