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Colin Powell endorses President for second term

Former Secretary of State, and Army General, Colin Powell’s endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term, in a repeat of his endorsement from 2008.

“You know, I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012, and I’ll be voting for he and Vice President Joe Biden next month,” he said on CBS’ “This Morning.”

Powell praised the president’s handling of the economy and ending of the Iraq War.

“I think we ought to keep on the track we are on,” he said.

While Powell said he had the “utmost respect” for Republican Tea Party (GOTP) challenger Willard Mitt Romney, he criticized Willard’s so-called “tax plan”, his alleged “foreign policy” calling it a “moving target.”

“One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan, but then on Monday night (last presidential debate) he agrees with the withdrawal,” the Secretary said. “Same thing in Iraq. On every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Gov. 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.”

President Obama said he was “proud” and “humbled” to learn he has the support of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, “I’m grateful to him for his lifetime of service to his country both as a soldier and as a diplomat,” the President told a crowd of 15,000 during a campaign stop in Virginia. “And every brave American who wears the uniform of this country should know that as long as I’m your commander in chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. We will be relentless in pursuit of our enemies. Those are promises I’ve kept.”

Secretary Powell’s a great American hero, and heroes do what’s right for their country even if it means bucking their party to support the right man for the job. Powell’s concerns about Romney’s forever changing foreign policy and never ending tax plan are well founded and any thinking voter should be just as concerned. Unfortunately, there seem to be a lot of voters who just can’t seem to be bothered with thinking.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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Cheney Wanted to Attack Syria?

Well, surprise, surprise, former Vice President Dick Cheney has said in his new “memoir” that President George W. Bush rejected his advice in 2007 to bomb a suspected nuclear reactor site in Syria, the Associated Press (AP) is reporting.

In a truly not very surprising revelation Cheney says he was “a lone voice” for military action against Syria, while other advisers were reluctant, Cheney says, because of “the bad intelligence we had received about Iraq’s stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction” before the 2003 invasion of that country.

Wow, really? Other people were reluctant about getting the country involved in another war in the Middle East based on faulty intel? Really, that just sounds so hard to believe?

Of course we all know how anxious Mr. Cheney was to prove how tough he could be – through the proxy of young Americans – especially after all those deferments during Vietnam, but why would he really think it was necessary to tick off another Arab country, hadn’t he done enough of that by 2007? And besides, everyone with an ounce of common sense – something we also understand was pretty well non-existent after Colin Powell jumped out of the Bush/Cheney Presidential clown car – knew the Israelis were going to solve any problems there, and they did when they bombed the Syrian site later in 2007.

In his book, Cheney also writes that he was unconscious for weeks after heart surgery in 2010; some would of course argue that Dick was pretty well unconscious through most of the eight years of the Bush/Cheney co-opted presidency. Or at least his conscious was.

Cheney’s book is reported to also include criticism of other members of Bush’s administration. He accuses former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of naiveté and says he believed former Secretary of State Colin Powell tried to undermine Bush “by criticizing administration policy to people outside the government.” Powell’s resignation after the 2004 election “was for the best,” Cheney writes.

So, it was for the best that one of the brightest and most honorable men in the cabinet resigned? Was that because he actually had combat experience, and when he spoke up in cabinet meetings and other gatherings in the Oval Office he frequently pointed out Dick’s lack of understanding on foreign policy and defense issues?

Cheney is very likely to go down in history as a war mongering, heartless, arrogant VP and one of the puppet masters behind Bush’s presidency; he is also equally likely to be remembered as one of the worse Vice President’s in our country’s history. There is not one redeeming quality about his eight years in office; Bush/Cheney were on watch when America suffered its worse attack on American soil from outsiders; they drove the country into two wars – admittedly one was justified (Afghanistan) but the second was a disaster of monumental proportions (Iraq) – and simultaneously derailed the nation’s economy, something every right-wing conservative blow hard has been blaming President Obama for since before he was sworn into office. He is warped, frustrated old man and the country is far better off to have him out of the main stream, and sitting in some office complaining about his oat meal.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Lunatics

 

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Who Should the GOP Listen To?

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If my political party was on the brink of a complete political melt down, who would I choose to listen to? Colin Powell or Rush Limbaugh?

Former Secretary of State Colin Luther Powell was born April 5, 1937 in Harlem, New York City, New York. Powell attended Morris High School, a former public school in The Bronx, from which he graduated in 1954. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from City College of New York, attaining a C average, according to his 2006 graduation address at Marymount University. He earned an MBA from The George Washington University, after his second tour in Vietnam in 1971.

Powell joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at City College, graduating from City College in June 1958; he received a commission as an Army second lieutenant. He was a professional soldier for 35 years, holding a variety of command and staff positions and rising to the rank of General. Powell served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War, serving as a South Vietnamese Army adviser from 1962 to 1963. While on patrol in a Viet Cong-held area, he was wounded by stepping on a punji stake. He returned to Vietnam as a major in 1968, serving in the Americal Division (23rd Infantry Division), then as assistant chief of staff of operations for the Americal Division.

Powell became senior military assistant to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, whom he assisted during the 1983 invasion of Grenada and the 1986 airstrike on Libya.

Following the Iran Contra scandal, Powell became Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor, serving from 1987 to 1989. In 1989, Powell was promoted to General and briefly served as the Commander in Chief, Forces Command headquartered at Fort McPherson, Georgia. Later that year, Reagan selected him as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Powell’s awards include: Defense Distinguished Service Medal (DDSM) with three oak leaf clusters; Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) with oak leaf cluster; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster; Soldier’s Medal; Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; Air Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Presidential Medal of Freedom; Presidential Citizens Medal; National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star; Vietnam Service Medal with one silver service star; Army Service Ribbon (ASR) and the Army Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 3.

Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Honorary The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB) (United Kingdom); Légion d’honneur or Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur (French: “National Order of the Legion of Honour”); Meritorious Service Cross (Canada) and the Order of Stara Planina in the First Order (Bulgaria).

Congressional Gold Medal; the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal, and the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award.

In 1991, Powell was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, which “honors the achievements of outstanding individuals in U.S. society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and of encouraging young people to pursue their dreams through higher education.”

On November 9, 1993, Powell was awarded the second Ronald Reagan Freedom Award, by President Ronald Reagan. Powell served as Reagan’s National Security Advisor from 1987-1989.

On December 15, 1993, Colin Powell was made an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

In 1998, he was awarded the prestigious Sylvanus Thayer Award by the United States Military Academy for his commitment to the ideals of “Duty, Honor, Country.”

The 2002 Liberty Medal was awarded to Colin Powell on July 4 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In his acceptance speech, Powell reminded Americans that “It is for America, the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, to help freedom ring across the globe, unto all the peoples thereof. That is our solemn obligation, and we will not fail.”

In 2005 Powell received the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award for his contributions to Africa.

AARP honored Powell with the 2006 AARP Andrus Award, the Association’s highest honor. This award, named in honor of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, is presented biennially to distinguished individuals who have generated positive social change in the world, and whose work and achievements reflect AARP’s vision of bringing lifetimes of experience and leadership to serve all generations.

Powell is a recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest adult award given by the Boy Scouts of America.

Rush Limbaugh was born January 12, 1951 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He graduated from Cape Central High School, in 1969. His father and mother wanted him to attend college, so he enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University. He dropped out after two semesters and one summer; according to his mother, “he flunked everything”, even a modern ballroom dancing class.

Limbaugh’s birth date was ranked as 175 in the Vietnam War draft lottery. No one was drafted above 125. He was classified as “1-Y” meaning, “Registrant available for military service, but qualified only in case of war or national emergency. Usually given to registrants with medical conditions that were limiting but not disabling (examples: high blood pressure, mild muscular or skeletal injuries or disorders, skin disorders, severe allergies, etc.). Class discontinued in December 1971.”  Rush was later reclassified “4-F” due to either a football knee injury or a diagnosis of Pilonidal disease.

Limbaugh was the 1992, 1995, 2000 and 2005 recipient of the Marconi Radio Award for Syndicated Radio Personality of the Year (given by the National Association of Broadcasters), joining the syndicated Bob & Tom Show as the only other four-time winners of a Marconi award. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993.

In 2002, Talkers magazine ranked him as the greatest radio talk show host of all time.

March 29, 2007, Limbaugh was awarded the inaugural William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence, by the Media Research Center, a conservative media analysis group.

On January 5, 2008, the conservative magazine Human Events announced Limbaugh as their 2007 Man of the Year.

December 1. 2008, TV Guide reported that Limbaugh has been selected as one of America’s top ten most fascinating people of 2008 for a Barbara Walters ABC special that aired on December 4, 2008.

Gee, I don’t know. Who should I listen to? The college dropout turned talk show host who has never served his country, and who has zero foreign policy or national security experience? Or the former four star general, who has served as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as Secretary of State?

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2009 in Politics

 

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