One part of what Colin Powell said on Meet The Press ” really hit home to me “… we have managed to convey to the world that we are more unilateral than we really are. We have not explained ourself well enough. And we, unfortunately, have left an impression with the world that is not a good one. And the new president is going to have to fix the reputation that we’ve left with the rest of the world.”
General Powell feels, as many of us do, that part of the great damage done by the Bush administration (the crumbling economy, huge Chinese-owned deficits and social injustice aside) is the damage done to the international reputation of the United States.
This has immense ramifications on security, on our ability to act militarily and also economically: let’s not forget someone has to buy our goods and services. General Powell (a Republican Party Secretary of State and decorated war hero) also agrees that Barack Obama is the best choice for President.
“I came to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities… as well as his substance–he has both style and substance–he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president. I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I’ll be voting for Senator Barack Obama.”
General, you said it best.