It think it is terrific that Colin Powell just endorsed Barack Obama. I think the timing is pretty close to perfect, because it will control the day’s news cycle two weeks before the election and should help Obama reverse the little bit of McCain momentum registering in the tracking polls. Given Powell’s military chits, the endorsement should also help Obama in Virginia and North carolina.
But, Powell’s endorsement of Obama should not shield history’s sharp verdict that he helped defraud the American people into supporting an illegal war in Iraq. Powell’s presentation before the United Nations February 6, 2003 gave President Bush the moral claim on war that he needed to help legitimize the invasion before a rightfully scared and wary global community. Almost everything Powell told the world that fateful day turned out to be lies.
Powell’s endorsement of Obama must be read as a mea-culpa and continuing effort on his part to rehabilitate his scarred moral standing on the national and world stage. It is my hope that general Powell does not serve in an Obama Administration.