President Obama addressed the nation on the occasion of the official withdrawal of combat forces in Iraq. I am interested in your thoughts regarding the address and ask that you consider the following questions: (1) Do you believe that the combat mission in Iraq was worth the cost in blood and treasure to the American people? (2) Do you believe Bush’s trillion dollar imperial crusade improved Iraq in any way at all? (3) Did the President reassure you that he is sufficiently turning his focus to domestic concerns–the economy in particular? (4) Does Obama look comfortable sitting behind the big desk and if not, why not? (5) What didn’t you hear that you expected and needed to hear?
Former Generalissimo and Secretary of State Colin Powell told a George Washington University audience that he is undecided in this year’s presidential contest and is still weighing his options. The idea of a black president, according to Powell, would be, “electrifying…but at the same time [I have to] make a judgement here on which would be best for America.”
Powell’s statement lays bare the delicious contradiction implicit in departing from the Republican Party. Caught between racial pride and a lifetime of devoted service as the white power structure’s militaristic enforcer and their prestigeous blackface foreign minstrel, he cannot support Barack Obama without calling into question everything he has been about for the last 35 years.
Endorsing Barack Obama will not turn the page on his lifetime of betrayal. If he decides to go with Obama, it won’t be a personal decison. It will be a surreptitious effort of the imperial establishment to control Obama for Powell’s beloved plantation puppet masters. Colin Powell is no longer one of us. He is an enemy of the black community and if Barack Obama accepts his endorsement, he may become our enemy as well.