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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

An Important Thing Colin Powell Said ...

This is only tangentially related to the Bronx, but I'm going to exercise some editorial prerogative and comment on this extraordinary interview with Colin Powell on Sunday.
After his appearance before the U.N. making the case for war in 2003, I've never been a fan of Powell. I think he knew better than to present the shakiest evidence of WMDs in Iraq with such a high degree of certainty.

But I was moved by his comments on "Meet the Press" on Sunday, where Powell talks about the false accusations and rumors about Barack Obama being a Muslim. He goes beyond saying the obvious, that Obama is a Christian, and says essentially, "What if he was? Should that matter in America? And shouldn't a 7-year-old Muslim-American boy be able to dream about being president some day?" And then he speaks of a photo of the mother of New Jersey-born 20-year-old killed in Iraq laying her head on his gravestone bearing a Muslim crescent in Arlington Cemetery.
I can't do justice to it paraphrasing it. You really have to watch it.
Regardless of my disagreements with him, I have to give Powell, who is a native Bronxite by the way, tremendous credit for saying something no one else has said this entire campaign.
So,watch it for yourself. The portion I'm referring to starts at about the 4:25 mark. I'd really be interested in your comments.

1 comment:

  1. I actually wrote something about this myself the other day.

    It's a couple of days later, but I'm still just as impressed as I was the first time I heard it. What Colin Powell said needed to be said, and it needed to be said badly.


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