It’s slightly non-islandista news but we figure that it is important enough news to share. After all, Colin Powell is an island man (Jamaican parents) and of course, being well-versed on current affairs is a prerequisite for every true islandista!
There had been much speculation on it for quite some time but today, General Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State (2001-2005) endorsed Barack Obama for president of the United States.
In an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, he gave a really truly eloquent, reasonable and compelling rationale for why he not only supports Obama but deplores the swing to the right that John McCain’s campaign has been taking.
To be honest islandistas, we have had our doubts about how a black man, particularly one as intelligent and moderate as Gen. Powell, could have aligned himself all these years with a Republican party that too often has chosen to pander to the most right-wing, base parts of their base. It seemed at odds with the kind of person he is and the more reasoned, balanced views he has held. Worse, we were pained as the George W. Bush administration used him to push a wrong-headed war to the world. He knew it was wrong and we knew he knew.
Still, there is no doubt that he has always been an honourable man. His comments in endorsing Obama reflected that. We were especially moved by his criticism of the sneaky tactic of trying to paint Obama as a ‘secret Muslim’ as if something was wrong or inherently evil about being Muslim. I’m glad he said it. Too few people have come out and said that not only is it wrong to paint Obama as a Muslim when he is a Christian but it is wrong to use Islam as some kind of slur on a person’s character.
We commend you General Powell.