August 15th, 2008 14:23 EST
Will Colin Powell Endorse Barack Obama?
"(AHN) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Wednesday that he will not attend the Democratic National Convention as claimed by Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard editor.
`I do not have time to waste on Bill Kristol`s musings,` Powell told ABC. `I am not going to the convention. I have made this clear.`
Kristol said in a Fox report earlier in the day that Powell was planning to endorse Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) on the third night of the convention, the day Democrats speak about the theme "Securing America`s Future." He added that Powell is scheduled to give a speech explaining his support for Obama."
Kris Alingod/AHN News Writer
Colin Powell was a voice of moderation and reason in the Bush Administration. He was frequently at odds with Dick Cheney and the rest of the neocons, who had an ill-fated pipe dream of invading Iraq and turning the Muslim country into a bastion of democracy.
"In July 2007 Powell revealed that he spent two and a half hours trying to persuade George W. Bush not to invade Iraq but that he did not prevail."
Quotation from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Powell)
Powell was deeply opposed to the invasion and occupation of Iraq, but instead of doing the honorable thing and resigning he went before the United Nations to present his "dog and pony" show in favor of attacking Iraq.
Powell`s speech before the UN was such an egregious betrayal of everything that he stood for, that it forever mars an otherwise sterling political and military career.
Sen. Barack Obama`s early claim to fame was that he was against the Iraq war from the start. His vehement opposition to the Iraq war is the main reason why he is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Under no circumstances should Obama accept Powell`s endorsement, it would be a betrayal of everything he stands for.
Powell`s timidity and cowardice at a critical juncture in history has forever stained his legacy, and if Obama accepts his endorsement it will compromise his moral legitimacy.