Colin Powell Still Republican and More

Colin Powell appeared on Face the Nation this morning. Powell addressed many issues of the day including the future of the GOP, torture, and Gitmo. I’d like to draw attention to his comments on the GOP and Gitmo.

You may remember about two weeks ago Dick Cheney said, on Face the Nation, that Colin Powell had already left the Republican Party. Cheney said Powell’s endorsement of Mr. Obama in the election showed his true side.. “I assumed that that is some indication of his loyalty and his interest,” Cheney said. Cheney also commented that Rush Limbaugh is a better representation of the Republican Party than Powell.

Well until Powell comes out and says he switches parties then he’s still a Republican.

from CBS

“I am still a Republican. I’d like to point out that in the course of my 50 years of voting for presidents, I have voted for the person I thought was best qualified at that time to lead the nation. Last year I thought it was President-now Barack Obama,” Powell said.

Powell shows yet again why I respect him a great deal. He votes his conscious, not party lines. Shouldn’t that be what America is about? The best person for the job? Powell gets it. These words mean a great deal to moderates out there tired of their parties being hi-jacked by extremist nut-jobs. Do the research. Vote for you believe will do the best job, regardless of party lines.

Powell chastised President Obama’s handling of Guantanamo.

from CBS

“I think President Obama didn’t handle it very well by going up to the Congress and asking for $80 million without a plan. And by, frankly, giving enough time to opponents of it to marshal their forces as to why we shouldn’t do this,”

Powell said he has told President Obama all of his concerns and worries that the president gave his opponents too much time to react to the plan. He hopes that the politicizing of the decision will start to die down.

Acording to Powell, Bush wanted to close Gitmo during his presidency. Bush was unable to close the deal on how to properly execute the closure, something Obama is struggling with now. Powell uses this as a jumping point to smash Cheney again.

from CBS

“Mr. Cheney is not only disagreeing with President Obama’s policy. He’s disagreeing with President Bush’s policy. President Bush stated repeatedly to international audiences and to the country that he wanted to close Guantanamo. The problem he had was he couldn’t get all the pieces together,” Powell said.

That wraps a great interview from a personal favorite of mine. Any thoughts on the GOP, party politics, Gitmo, Powell, or anything else?

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4 Responses

  1. Like many others, to my mind, Powell lost much of his credibility in the run up to the Iraq war and in the Bush administration’s handling of the occupation. Ironically, however, with respect to his reading of the Gitmo debate, that means he knows a thing or two about the importance of having a detailed plan before setting out to execute a policy.

    With respect to party politics, imo, the Cheney/Powell duel demonstrates that the debate between GOP moderates and conservatives has broken out into the open at the highest levels. Powell has done the party a service by providing cover to moderates who are wary of the GOP’s conservative base but do not want to side with the Democrats either. This, I think , is by design. Clearly, as a Republican, Powell fears the rise of political independents, and the implications of such a development for the two-party system. He stated something along the lines of: “what this country needs is a two party system . . . if the GOP moves to the right, that leaves the center and right of center to be taken over by independents.” This is a significant admission of the power of political independence in the context of the two-party state.

  2. Like many others, to my mind, Powell lost much of his credibility in the run up to the Iraq war and in the Bush administration’s handling of the occupation. Ironically, however, with respect to his reading of the Gitmo debate, that means he knows a thing or two about the importance of having a detailed plan before setting out to execute a policy.

    With respect to party politics, imo, the Cheney/Powell duel demonstrates that the debate between GOP moderates and conservatives has broken out into the open at the highest levels. Powell has done the party a service by providing cover to moderates who are wary of the GOP’s conservative base but do not want to side with the Democrats either. This, I think , is by design. Clearly, as a Republican, Powell fears the rise of political independents, and the implications of such a development for the two-party system. He stated something along the lines of: “what this country needs is a two party system . . . if the GOP moves to the right, that leaves the center and right of center to be taken over by independents.” This is a significant admission of the power of political independence in the context of the two-party state.

  3. It is interesting how pervasive the myth of the duology is. Thanks for the insightful response.

    I’m still an admirer of Powell, partly because he is the only one to admit they screwed up and partly because he stands up for his beliefs.

    His stance on independents does concern me. Third parties will be part of the solution, if they can get some big name backing.

  4. It is interesting how pervasive the myth of the duology is. Thanks for the insightful response.

    I’m still an admirer of Powell, partly because he is the only one to admit they screwed up and partly because he stands up for his beliefs.

    His stance on independents does concern me. Third parties will be part of the solution, if they can get some big name backing.

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