The Powell Doctrine

Monday, October 20, 2008

Jonathan Capehart, editorial writer for The Washington Post, discusses Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama.


Jonathan Capehart

Comments [11]


#7, "he's a Muslin..."
as in muslin curtains?
I reserve the right to vote for lightweight or triple-threaded cotton, but no muslin.
Not ever.

I'm sorry, but can't believe how stupid the whole "is-he-or-isn't-he" question remains in the midst of a $10 trillion plus federal deficit.

Oct. 20 2008 03:15 PM
Rowena from New York

It has never ceased to amuse me when someone comments that this or that person was "born ________ " (fill in the blank with any religion).

No one is born anything.

It is a conceptual impossibility.

The heavy decisions which surround bearing allegiance to any particular doctrine or belief system would be impossible to understand or be given the consideration that they deserve before an individual has at least reached twelve or thirteen (or older for others).

Any decision concerning religion before that age is done either in an attempt to please, or because of cultural, familial or societal influence.

That's why we see many young adults supposedly leaving their church of origin at around 17, 18 or 19 - when in fact what we are witnessing is their making of an authentic choice for the first time.

Please keep this in mind and consider Barak's (or anyone else's) religious choices only from the proper age of reason, analysis and assessment.

Oct. 20 2008 12:22 PM
SF from NYC

Vote Peter from Sunset Park 2008- Always confusing the issues and never listening what the people say.
I really find your post enjoyable my man.

Oct. 20 2008 12:12 PM
Peter from Sunset Park


When you say things like, "thats the end of it", you just make yourself look defensive and beaten. There is never an end to seeking truth. Try and keep an open mind.

Oct. 20 2008 11:57 AM
Peter from Sunset Park


You better read this post quick, the moderators tend to delete anything that isn't Obama loving. Also, be prepared for someone like Eva or another paranoid poster to suggest we are the same person.

I agree with your point about honesty. In the primaries, Obama put out a press release saying he had never been a Muslin. Then he quickly put out a second press release saying that his father was a Muslin which means he may have been born a Muslim, but that he quickly became Christian. What I find fascinating is that many Europeans think that Obama is Muslim which is one of the reasons he is so popular overseas. Obama doesn’t help himself by refusing to be seen publicly with Muslims or by supporting Israel to the point where even Bush has to say, ‘Slow down cowboy.’

Why deny you were born a Muslim? Why offer that to the world with a press release only to retract it? Why pray in a racist church for 20 years and then present yourself as a race relations healer? Obama is a race divider and a political divider. He is simply a dishonest opportunist much like Romney.

Okay, Eva and other conspiracy theorists: Now it is time to get paranoid. Moderators – you must delete this post, it isn’t gushing with Obama support.

Oct. 20 2008 11:55 AM
jtt from nyc

"So what if he was (should be were, but was is probably more commonly used) a Muslim" means it shouldn't matter if he happened to be a Muslim, not that he is a Muslim and has been trying to hid it.

Oct. 20 2008 11:41 AM
SF from NYC

Obama is not a Muslim. So thats the end of it. And if you want to speculate on it than thats your own right, but there is no truth to it. The point that Powell makes is that its OK to be Muslim and he is worried that people say "Hes a Muslim" like there is something wrong with that.
That is the point and its a good one no matter which canidate you vote for.

Oct. 20 2008 11:10 AM
the truth from Atlanta/New York

Barry that is just not true of Senator Obama's campaign. It IS true of the mccain brood, bunch of cliche's and rhetoric.

You have the audacity to call a well respected man like Colin Powell disingenuous.

You JC himself could come down and endorse Senator Obama and you people still will follow bush and mccain into the pits of hell!

Oct. 20 2008 11:06 AM
barry from Manhattan

"So what if he is a Muslim?"
The problem is, If he is Muslim then he has been lying this whole time.
The issue is not about being Muslim it is about honesty.
The more Obama is pressed the more is discovered.
Anybody watch FrontLine on PBS before the final debate?
Obama's campaign made the calculation that it was better to lie than to be completely honest.
From his religious upbringing to Rev Wright to Ayers he has been being less that truthful (with good reason of course).
Colin Powell is being disingenuous about the subject because it is about honesty not religion or race.

Oct. 20 2008 10:58 AM
SF from NYC

It was great to hear Colin Powell speak up.
In my opinion he said what was on the minds of many Americans over the past few weeks!

Oct. 20 2008 10:33 AM
Harry Burger from Long Island

I've had great respect for Colin Powell for a long time, but I have even more now. What if he was Muslim? Finally we have a public figure with the cojones to say that in public. Too bad he doesn't want to be president himself.

Oct. 20 2008 10:24 AM

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