TPJ: This should help convince some of the few people (especially our military folks/veterns) still on the fence about Obama because they are concerned that he can't handle foreign policy. It could help in Florida, Virginia and Colorado where there are sizable military communities. It is also a show of confidence that Obama would be positive for veterans affairs. Colin Powell was hung out to dry and deceived by Bush just as many of our great soldiers were with the Iraq war.
Powell's endorsement carries a lot of weight because he is one of the most respected citizens in the country and is probably our greatest general in a generation. He is a military genius whose Powell doctrine says to win a war you must have an overwhelming force something like 10-1. It also demands a clear, attainable objective, exist strategy and having broad international support. In addition, it warns not to get into nation building, which is exactly what we are trying to do in Iraq. So because Bush the first listened to Powell America had a clear victory in the Gulf War. It was the doctrine that he advised Bush use with the Iraq war and we know the consequences of Bush and Cheney ignoring that sound doctrine. I hope that Barack would tap this great man's military intelligence and experience should he become president.
Powell wasn't too impressed with Sarah Palin nor the tactics of the McCain campaign of late with the Bill Ayers crap:
Mr. Powell, who was secretary of state in the first term of President Bush, also said that he was concerned about Mr. McCain’s selection of Ms. Palin as his running mate and had come to the conclusion that she was the wrong choice. “She’s a very distinguished woman, and she’s to be admired, but at the same time, now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don’t believe she’s ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president,” Mr. Powell said during the taping.THE REAL VIRGINIA??:
Mr. Powell told Tom Brokaw, the host of “Meet the Press,” that he had been disturbed in recent weeks by the negative tone of Mr. McCain’s campaign, particularly its focus on Mr. Obama’s passing relationship with William Ayers, a 1960s radical and founder of the Weather Underground.
“Mr. McCain says that he’s a washed-out terrorist,” Mr. Powell said. “Well, then, why do we keep talking about him?”After the program’s taping, Mr. Powell told reporters that the thought of attacking Mr. Obama for Mr. Ayers was “over the top.”
TPJ: I have family in Virginia who are proud of their great state and with good reason. I've visited there and have found it to be one of the most beautiful places in our country. And being being a history buff I was in heaven with all the civil war sites and other historic places there. So I'm sure that many out there would be a quite annoyed with the McCain aide who said recently that northern Virginia isn't "real Virginia:"