A vote for Colin Powell
Powell explained how he agonized over his decision, caught between his long-time loyalty to an old friend, Sen. John McCain, and his newfound respect for Sen. Barack Obama.
Powell announced he was backing the Democrat from Illinois, and in the process offered a scathing condemnation of the Republican Party and the tactics that have been employed against Obama.
But I could not escape one overriding thought: Why wasn’t this guy running for president?
We have fears that McCain does not have the temperament to sit in the Oval Office. He is known to react rashly, and often with more than a trace of anger. Does the name Sarah Palin come to mind?
On the other hand there are lingering fears about Obama’s lack of experience, whether there is enough substance behind the glowing oratory.
In a perfect world, we would seek some combination of the two. Someone like Colin Powell.
A general who led troops into battle in Iraq. A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And former secretary of state under George W. Bush.
Yes, he also was the person dispatched to the U.N. to seal the deal on the argument for military intervention in Iraq, a claim we now know was based on fault intelligence.
It does not diminish Powell’s luster.
I’d vote for him in a heartbeat.