Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for president

We ought to keep on the track we are on,” said Republican former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Thursday.

The former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff praised President Barack Obama because he saw “the president get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war, and did not get us into any new wars.”

Like many in America’s military, Powell thinks that going a few years without starting any new wars is a Good Thing.

Powell also praised Obama for his economic leadership, for stabilizing the country amid “chaos” and “very, very difficult straits”:

When he took over, the country was in very, very difficult straits. We were in the one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. The fiscal system was collapsing. Wall Street was in chaos, we had 800,000 jobs lost in that first month of the Obama administration and unemployment peaked a few months later at 10 percent. So we were in real trouble. The auto industry was collapsing, the housing was start[ing] to collapse and we were in very difficult straits. And I saw over the next several years, stabilization come back in the financial community, housing is now starting to pick up after four years, it’s starting to pick up. Consumer confidence is rising.

Powell is less impressed with his own party’s nominee:

“One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal, same thing in Iraq. On almost every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Governor Romney agreed with the President with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign. And my concern … is that sometimes I don’t sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have.”

Powell also said that he has given close consideration to Romney’s domestic policies. “As I listen to what his proposals are especially with respect to dealing with respect to our most significant issue, the economy, it’s essentially let’s cut taxes and compensate for that with other things but that compensation does not cover all of the cuts intended or the new expenses associated with defense.”


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  • Antigone10

    I’ll take “really dull” over “really annoying”.  And dammit- I learned about foreign governments in college- they really shouldn’t have the right to change them now that I’ve been out for a few years.

  • christopher_young

    But how can we prove to the world we don’t have small dicks if we don’t start more wars?

    Elect/appoint a government entirely composed of women?

  • An idea that has been growing in popularity in the U.S. lately is that the most virulent homophobes, the ones who are constantly talking about how awful and icky and important gay sex is, are themselves closeted and queer.

    I have no idea if this is true statistically, though it’s not implausible; on balance I’d expect gay sex to be more important to gay people than straight people. True or not, though, the popularity of the idea has an interesting potential side-effect of  making overt homophobic behavior less popular. If I don’t want people to think I’m queer, and being overtly anti-gay makes people think I’m queer, then I won’t be overtly anti-gay.

    In the same spirit, I think maybe we need to start popularizing the idea that only men with very small dicks start wars.

  • Daughter

     MaryKaye, do you mind if I ask who the Republican is you voted for? I lived in Massachusetts for a long time and I voted on occasion for Republicans for state and local offices, because I knew who they were and what they stood for.

    However, I’ve only been in WA state for a few years, and don’t have that long term knowledge. And at this point in U.S. history, I feel like I can’t trust any Republican to be who they say they are when they are campaigning, given what’s happened in other states (specifically Ohio, my home state).  I wish I could take Republicans at face value and vote based on their character and platform, but my trust level is so low, I went straight Dem ticket.

  • Lori


    In the same spirit, I think maybe we need to start popularizing the idea that only men with very small dicks start wars.   

    I’ve got to vote against this. I do tend to think that a high percentage of people who are homophobic for a living are closet cases, but I think it’s a bad idea to make to big a deal about it as a way of discouraging homophobic speech because it tacitly supports the notion that being gay is something to be ashamed of. Good goal, harmful way of achieving it.

    Similarly I think the shaming we do over supposedly inadequate penis length is a pretty rotten thing and I don’t feel comfortable with reenforcing it, even to achieve a goal I agree with.

  • Canada is the same; I think Stephen Harper brought in a four-year election law limit.

  •  > it tacitly supports the notion that being gay is something to be ashamed of.

    I agree that it can; I’m not sure it needs to.

    For example, I’m not sure that replying to homophobic remarks with some variation of “Oh, hey, I didn’t know you were queer. Cool. You know, there’s this guy in my office you might hit it off with; he’s into that same ‘overcompensating with overt homophobia’ kink that you’re into. I’ll give you his email address, you two would make a nice couple” necessarily communicates that being gay is something to be ashamed of, tacitly or otherwise. Especially if it’s said by an unashamedly out gay man.

  • EllieMurasaki

    I really hope there’s a ‘not’ you left out somewhere in there…

  • Lori

    Possibly true. I think most of the time, especially coming from straight folks, it’s not really going to work though. I’d definitely file it under “use with caution”. Which is too bad in a way because I love a good “hoist with his own petard” as much as the next person. (Actually, more. It’s pretty much my favorite flavor of schadenfreude.)

  •  Where would you expect it to go?

  • EllieMurasaki

    “I’ll give you his email address, you two would make a nice couple” necessarily communicates that being gay is not something to be ashamed of, tacitly or otherwise.”

  •  “I’m not sure that replying [..] “I’ll
    give you his email address, you two would make a nice couple”
    necessarily communicates that being gay is something to be ashamed of,
    tacitly or otherwise.”

  • EllieMurasaki

    Oh. Parsing issue. Sorry.

  •  No worries.

  • Consumer Unit 5012

     To quote a very smart friend of mine: “For a two-party system to work, we need a Loyal Opposition.  What we’ve got right now is an Arsonist Opposition.”

  • More and more recently, it feels like every GOP pronouncement ends with an implied “Or the hostage gets it.”

  • BaseDeltaZero

    Actually, that’s exactly what Electors are empowered to do. They are not strictly beholden to vote for who they were sent to vote for. The Electoral College exists to allow for the possibility of ‘Oh my god, how did this person put one over on that many sheep?’

    I believe they *are* beholden for all practical purposes now.  The original purpose was the idea that not every citizen could follow the presidential election (no television, news takes weeks to arrive), but they *could* pick the guy who *did* follow the election… I think.

    Oh. Parsing issue. Sorry.

    To be fair, it was a rather difficult parse.

  • aunursa

    Your reply reminds me of scene in the Star Trek episode “I, Mudd” in which Mr. Spock uses illogic to cause a pair of androids to malfunction.

    Spock [to Alice 27]:  I love you.
    Spock [to Alice 210]: But I hate you.
    Alice 210: But I am identical in every way with Alice 27.
    Spock: Yes, of course.  That is exactly why I hate you. Because you are identical.
    Alice 27 and Alice 210 both freeze.
    Spock: Fascinating.

  • aunursa

    Mitt Romney is a deeply, deeply horrible person

    That doesn’t tell us anything about Mitt Romney, but it does tell us a great deal about you.  Even his political opponents respect him as a person.  Even President Obama and Vice President Biden agree that “There’s no question Mitt Romney is a good man.”  Only someone so deranged and consumed with hatred would suggest otherwise.

  • Are you serious with this?  Jesus.  So it’s impossible for reasonable people to disagree on whether or not someone is a good person?

    And if calling Romney a horrible person says that a person is deranged and consumed with hatred, what does that it say about someone who calls a person deranged and consumed with hatred?

    What a nasty thing to say to and about Lori.  You should feel bad.

  • Antigone10

    Obama and Biden have to say that for political purposes.  In fact they may even believe it.  So?  I consider someone who wishes to deny my closest friends health care,  someone who is trying to keep me from having reproductive health care (maybe, I don’t know, he keeps going back and forth) and someone who doesn’t like gay marriage, again affecting my friends lives, a deeply horrible person.   Not to mention someone who calls me, and practically everyone I know, a “taker”.  This isn’t theoretical  this isn’t a game, this actually has actual consequences in the actual world.
    I don’t understand that “well, you hold deeply horrible political beliefs, but you’re still a good person”.  No- your philosophies drive your actions, and your actions determine whether or not you are a good person.  If your philosophies are mean-spirited, then your actions are going to be mean-spirited.  Reasonable people can disagree on the best way to accomplish aims.  But not against the aims themselves.  I have seen nothing to suggest that Mitt Ronmeny considers some of the biggest problems of this country problems (inequality both socially in economically, lack of medical access, et cetera).I’m not consumed with hatred.  I don’t hate him.  I don’t wish him harm.  I just don’t want him to be able to perpetrate harm against me and others.

  • Do you really consider Barack Obama all that great a judge of character anyway? He has the privilege of knowing that nothing Romney will do in the future if elected will have any material impact on himself or his family, because he’s rich. It’s easy to take that detached, “OK, you’re trying to pass laws that will hurt me that doesn’t make you a bad person” if you’re pretty sure that you won’t actually be hurt. Most people don’t have that luxury though so I wouldn’t cite the opinions of people who do in this case as “proof” that Romney is so obviously a good person that you have to be “literally” crazy not to think that.

  • Lori

    God, you’re an asshole.

  • Lori

    What a nasty thing to say to and about Lori.  

    By his own standards aunursa was saying more about himself than he was about me.

    Even if he wasn’t, I tend to be of the opinion that you’re known as much by your enemies as by your friends and if he’s going to force me to pick one I’d rather have him in the first category than the second.

    You should feel bad.   

    Never gonna happen.

  • He has the privilege of knowing that nothing Romney will do in the
    future if elected will have any material impact on himself or his
    family, because he’s rich.

    In case you hadn’t noticed, Obama is cognizant of this to the point where he’s been tweaking Romney about it. He’s also said, “and folks like me should pay some more in taxes” (paraphrased).

    He knows he’s rich and moreover he knows that his duty is to aid the poor, not just sit there and gloat about how much more $$$$$$ he can pull down on a speaking tour.

    Incidentally, I had occasion to run across Obama’s victory speech. He looks so zestful and fresh in those images, almost like he really believes that by the force of his will he can make the USA a better place.

    Republipoops sure put paid to that. Have y’all seen how many grey hairs he’s gotten in just four years?

  • Mrs. Clinton

    Yes! It’s great that Colin (the fake Republican) is supporting our great military leader that let 4 Americans die in Libya. Powell should be proud!!And oh ya the economy is doing just great the last 4 years too isn’t it Colin. Face it! Blacks stick together no matter what! And don’t call Powell a Republican!! he supported the other black guy last election and voted for him- he’s NO Republican! Just glad we will have seen the last of both of them after this election!

  • EllieMurasaki

    Fucktons of US soldiers and Iraqi civilians dead: Bush’s fault. Obama hasn’t got us all the way out but he’s made progress. Economic meltdown: Bush’s fault. Obama hasn’t got us all the way out but he’s made progress. And by saying that “blacks stick together no matter what”, are you implying that you are voting for the white guy because he is white like you?

  • Mrs. Clinton

    Yes! What progress??? Are you a idiot?? Look at the economy, gas prices the 6 trillion dollars the fricken inexperienced black guy  has added to our debt. More soliders have been killed in Afganistan under this moron then were under Bush! You just don’t hear about it because of the Liberal press protecting their wonderful black president! What about Libya Ellie???? Speak up Ellie!! Soon the two moron’s (including the bumbling Biden- Mr. Gaf a minute) will be gone and we can get this country on the right path again! One more thing Ellie! There still killing civilians in Iraq- more then they killed when we were over there. Do some research Ellie!!!

  • EllieMurasaki

    Yes, because mainstream media outlets owned by BIG FUCKING CORPORATIONS THAT WOULD MAKE FUCKTONS MORE UNDER ROMNEY THAN OBAMA are completely biased in Obama’s favor.

    Go to MaddowBlog. Every so often they repost a chart of job gains and losses, color-coded red for Bush and blue for Obama. The red part of the line gets steadily further below the zero mark, and then it changes to blue, and there’s an arrow pointing to where Obama’s stimulus package took effect, and strangely enough the line shoots back up after that. Obama might not have created a whole lot of jobs, but he kept a whole lot of jobs from being lost, and that is worth something.

  • Lori


    Look at the economy  

    Yes, let’s look at the economy. It’s in far, far better shape than it was when Obama took office.


    gas prices the 6 trillion dollars the fricken inexperienced black guy  has added to our debt  

    You appear to have gotten yourself worked up into such a tizzy that you missed a comma.

    -The president does not control gas prices.

    -Oh look, Mrs C is a racist. Color more surprised

    -Most of the our debt is still the result of Bush’s wars and Bush’s tax cuts for the rich, which Republicans in Congress insisted on extending. The fact that W is sitting out this election by visiting Mitt’s money in the Caymans doesn’t change that.


    More soliders have been killed in Afganistan under this moron then were under Bush!   

    I’m going to ignore most of the ways in which this is deeply stupid and just focus on the numbers.

    The total number of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan is still less than half the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq. Add up all the soldiers killed in Bush’s wars while he was in office and you’ll find he has abut 3 times as many dead US soldiers on his side of the ledger as Obama does. This is not a line of argument that you want to pursue.


    What about Libya Ellie???? Speak up Ellie!!  

    What about Libya, Mrs C? What about it? Speak up and share with us the details of your conspiracy theory about Libya.

    Also explain why you and your fellow right wingers are all up in arms about the deaths of 4 people in Libya while conveniently discounting all the Americans killed on Bush’s watch?

    Also, are you taking time to wipe the spittle off your keyboard Mrs C? You could really do some damage if you’re not careful. You should also be careful about over-using a single key the way you do. Pretty soon you’re not going to be able to type the number 1 at all!!!!1!!!!!

  • Lori

    Did you remember to pick up your white hood from the cleaners so you’ll be ready for the election Mrs Clinton?