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January 20, 2009

POWELL.... Former President Bush's Secretary of State had some insights on today's historic events that are worth reading.

Colin Powell, the former Bush administration Secretary of State and now head of America's Promise, called Barack Obama's election to the nation's highest office a "reaffirmation of American principles values that will help us overcome some of the difficulties of recent years with respect to the attitude of the world toward us."

Speaking with CBS News Managing Editor Katie Couric, Powell said America's prestige abroad has improved since Mr. Obama won a decisive victory over Senator John McCain.

"I think it has really, really been an remarkable event in terms of getting everybody to stand back and say, look at what we have seen here in America," Powell said. "The America we remember is back again."

I've seen quite a bit of disapproval of George W. Bush today -- some direct, some less so -- but seeing Powell herald the return of the "America we remember" -- you know, before the last eight or so years -- strikes me as fairly devastating criticism.

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I remember an America before we embarked on an unjustifiable invasion of a country that was no threat to us. An invasion that Powell helped to sell.

I'd be more willing to forgive Powell if he had resigned prior to the 2004 elections. By then, he knew he had made a terrible mistake, but he still gave Bush political cover. And we had to put up with 4 more years of Bush because of it.

Posted by: TG Chicago on January 20, 2009 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, but Powell has to own a big part of the past eight years and turning our country away from the "America we remember."

Let's never forget that Powell used his gravitas and reputation to give cover to Bush in the run-up to the Iraq war and went to far as to go to the United Nations and LIE, LIE, LIE to make sure that Bush got the war that he wanted.

Time for Powell to fade away. His time has come and gone.

Posted by: Bucky on January 20, 2009 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

When Obama's victory was confirmed, I told a friend that Al Qaeda leaders now would have a hell of a time convincing their young accolytes that the USA is their eternal enemy.

Which is why Al Zawahiri came out to denounce Obama as a tool of the white man ...

Powell is right.

Posted by: SteinL on January 20, 2009 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

I'm hard pressed to understand why any of us should give a shit about anything Colin Powell might have to say now, or for the rest of his life. He is one of the principle enablers of the George Bush horrow show.

Fuck him. Time for him to skulk off into the darkness.

Posted by: Nixon Did It on January 20, 2009 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

Is nobody watching the parade?

First: Obama got that kid smile back. Amazing, he lost a few years in a few hours.

Second: where are the crowds? The reviewing stands are empty.

Posted by: tomj on January 20, 2009 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

"Too Late Powell" we call him at the University. He had an unbelievable opportunity to blow the whistle on a bunch of war criminals in 2004. He passed. Now he wants to make nice nice and infer that he has no ownership of Bushit's reign of terror . Nice try. He has blood on his hands, as does Darth, turd blossom, and the rest of Bushit's lemmings. I'd lump him into the tribunal with his life sentence lessened to 20 years if he turned "State's Evidence" against the torturers and wire-tappers. The list should include any democrat (hear that Fienstein?) who was briefed on the "enhanced techniques" and din't quit the committee and let the "free liberal press" deal with the reasons why they felt compelled to resign.

Powell had major promise. Obama does too. let's see if he takes a "pass" on investigating torture and prosecuting the perps. If he passes, 2012 can't come soon enough for me...

Posted by: Stevio on January 20, 2009 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

Steve, Powell's comments are just a veiled expression of racial solidarity, so you waste our time looking for deep wisdom within. As Rush sagely told us, "It's all about race." But now that Obama has bungled the Oath of Office (admittedly prompted by an ill-prepared CJ of SCOTUS - but the US Constitution does not provide for by whose fault the Oath fails to be properly administered), we are now left without a legitimate POTUS. Nevermind, we've muddled along in contempt of the Constitution anyway for decades ...

Posted by: Al on January 20, 2009 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

So Powell is excited that Barack Obama is going to fix the very mistakes Powell helped enable. Wonderful. We might have had "the America we remember" back a lot earlier if Powell had shown the slightest bit of backbone.

But still, if we are hearing this type of Bush-repudiation from Powell, I can hardly wait for what we hear from less-reticent folks.

Posted by: CN on January 20, 2009 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

Whether or not you forgive Powell for his role in the Iraq War hype, I think he is due some credit for recognizing the improvement that Obama represents. Powell should not be put in a category with Frum, Perle, or other neo-cons who criticize Bush, but only for the purpose of vindicating themselves. Powell, to his credit, in no way defends his actions.

Posted by: Danp on January 20, 2009 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

Powell said. "The America we remember is back again."

Oh gag me with a spoon! Look into who fitted the bill for the inaugural. WALL STREET BANKERS.

What exactly has changed?

Posted by: Diogenes on January 20, 2009 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

Al, I love you, man. And your kind.

Legitimate Recount Shut Down and Winner Declared by Judicial Fiat = Legitimate President.

Transposing of Words in Oath of Office = Illegitimate President.

Posted by: CN on January 20, 2009 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

But now that Obama has bungled the Oath of Office (admittedly prompted by an ill-prepared CJ of SCOTUS - but the US Constitution does not provide for by whose fault the Oath fails to be properly administered), we are now left without a legitimate POTUS.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but nope. The oath of office is what Obama signed at 12 noon. Repeating the oath in front of the crowd was merely window dressing, not the legal oath-taking.

I didn't think there could be a wingnut meme more pathetic than "His birth certificate is a fake!" but somehow they managed.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on January 20, 2009 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK

Powell's comments are not persuasive to progressives. So what? The significance of his comments is in how they speak to those who have until recently considered themselves Republicans.

Posted by: AK Liberal on January 20, 2009 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

"The America we remember?" Would that be the America he helped to undermine?

Posted by: klyde on January 20, 2009 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

Heh, "Al" is now perhaps like a tribute band ... An archetype bigger than any mortal soul ...

Posted by: on January 20, 2009 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

The Right-Wing Chief Justice purposely mangled the Oath of Office in an attempt to undercut the legitimate ascendancy of Barack Obama to the presidency.

Fortunately, nobody but the wingnuts cared.

Posted by: Cal Gal on January 20, 2009 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

Al, dear. Four sentences? That must be some kind of record. You must have a lot on your mind. But don't worry. We'll muddle along together, baby.

Posted by: Al's Pal on January 20, 2009 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

but the US Constitution does not provide for by whose fault the Oath fails to be properly administered

Al hits one out of the park
Easily, one of the Top-10 Al posts ever.
I hope this bodes well for the next 8 years

Posted by: Mr DeBakey on January 20, 2009 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

Al is what they call raw entertainment. Way more subtle then Colbert, because you all buy it, every time. Read his post again, it's glaringly obvious, a political Tony Clifton if you will. I actually think it's the Carpetbagger himself, if not he knows who it is.

Anyways, Powell, nice try. Powell could have stopped the invasion, but he didn't, he went along with all of it. How god damn convenient for him to 'come out' after Bush's popularity dropped. Powell put personal ambition before his country and no matter how hard and long he washes his hands, they are as bloody as anyone's. He knew he was feeding the UN a truck load of crap and did anyways.

Posted by: ScottW on January 20, 2009 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

To add to ScottW - Powell didn't just go along with it - he sold it at the UN. As the adversary of Rumsfeld and Cheney, his sales pitch for the Iraq war was the one that closed the deal if you ask me.

Posted by: gex on January 20, 2009 at 6:24 PM | PERMALINK

"...fairly devastating criticism."

NOT!

Posted by: JC on January 20, 2009 at 6:59 PM | PERMALINK

to the commentor gong by "Al"...

That is a rediculous bit of tripe. Yes the Chief Justice bungled the oath, but does this really delegitamize the event? Get real. And even if you believe it does, don't you think some very bright people thought of that too and repeated the oath the moment Obama left the stage? I'd be willing to bet my left nut that they repeated the oath-swearing immediately after Obama's speech, just to make sure fools have absolutely nothing to stand on.

Considering the total lack of respect for the Constitution the Bush administration showed, one might think you would step back from such a hopelessly childish stance based on a simple verbal flub that in no way takes away from the intent of the words.

Posted by: independent thinker on January 20, 2009 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

And to add to my previous comment, as someone else pointed out, the signing done at noon is the actual binding legal action, not the ceremony performed for the masses.

Posted by: independent thinker on January 20, 2009 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

I assume that when Colin Powell says "the America we remember" he means "the America that ha some respect for me."

Posted by: AndrewBW on January 20, 2009 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

Until Powell apologizes for his role in lying this country into a war, I don't want to hear him tlk about "The America we remember is back." Where were you when we needed you, Colin???

Too little. Too late. Go hang out in Crawford with W. Fitting punishment.

Posted by: Midwest Meg on January 20, 2009 at 9:13 PM | PERMALINK

How did Obama put it again: Oh the childish and petty grievances...

To all commenters spewing hatred towards Powell.

What Powell did while part of the Bush administration is reprehensible, but give the man a break. He's standing up against it, and we need more Republicans that speak out. No GOP'er is going to listen to a whiny liberal saying anything bad about Bush.

Sure Powell needs to speak up a LOT more and MANY more times in public to make a difference. As a matter of fact, he needs to speak up so many times that he no longer is welcome in the Republican party.

Then he will have repudiated his mistakes.

Posted by: bruno on January 20, 2009 at 9:28 PM | PERMALINK

Bruno -- Remember when Powell endorsed Obama for president? He's no longer welcome in the Republican party.

He needs to own what he did and work to bring the criminals to justice. Including himself. That might begin to make atonement for his crimes.

Vague longing for the way things used to be don't cut it.

Posted by: Bucky on January 20, 2009 at 9:45 PM | PERMALINK

pretty odd that powell who had such an important hand in making that bad America of the last 8 years, is now in the limelight heralding the return of good America.

The guy is a millimeter thin...just blowing whichever way the wind is blowing at the moment. I hope by-god that we're done with him for good. And if the skank corporate media would just stop putting his ugly mug on TV, that would be just grand.
.

Posted by: pluege on January 20, 2009 at 9:52 PM | PERMALINK

Folks complaining about Powell should STFU. The guy made it to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Sec of State. He was used by the Bush Admin. And yes, he made mistakes, but his accomplishments also helped pave the road for Obama's success. The problem wasn't Powell, it was Bush and Cheney.

If Powell didn't live up to your expectations, too fucking bad. You guys are like the people who want to put the blame for Nazi Germany on Chamberlain.

Posted by: tomeck on January 20, 2009 at 11:57 PM | PERMALINK

Lest we forget, Powell made his bones with a My Lai whitewash reoirt that almost worked.

Posted by: the mythical little guy on January 21, 2009 at 3:54 AM | PERMALINK

If Powell didn't live up to your expectations, too fucking bad.

I don't think it's too much to expect the SoS not to help lie this country into a war.

Posted by: Gregory on January 21, 2009 at 7:55 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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