Colin Powell appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday and he made an eloquent defense for Barack Obama as president while resoundingly defeating the cruel, and unfounded, attacks by the radical right wing that Obama is as Muslim when he is not; but, Powell argued, what if Obama were a Muslim? What difference would it make? What difference should it make? Then General Powell mentioned an arresting image he saw in the New Yorker showing Elsheba Khan resting her head on the grave of her dead Muslim American son, Specialist Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan. Powell told us Special Khan fought for America and his sacrifice was no less than that of any Christian.
Here’s what Powell said in defense of Obama:
I’m also troubled by, not what Sen. McCain says, but what members of the party say, and it is permitted to be said such things as: “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is: he is not a Muslim. He’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian.
But the really right answer is: What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is: No, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she can be President?
Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion: he’s a Muslim, and he might be associated with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.
Colin Powell’s support for Barack Obama does not undo the unrighteous wrongs he did to get us into the war in Iraq, but it’s a start at reconciliation and recantation.
It would be good for America if President Barack Obama would ask Colin Powell to “go in and set things right” in the Middle East.
That would start to save Powell’s reputation and it would immediately rescue the rest of us from the tar pit of Middle Eastern despair that is drowning the United States in debt and woe.