First about Colin Powell and
— his questionable expertise (code word: ignorance of Muslim theology) on the (un)likelihood of a practicing Muslim (ever swearing allegiance to the US Constitution to be eligible for) serving as POTUS, and,
— his rejection of Sarah Palin as “inexperienced.”
The cusp of Powell’s definition of a woman’s “experience” may lie (ala, Bill Clinton) in his definition of “is” …..
Take for example “someone” who learned about Powell’s attitude toward “inexperienced” women in Vietnam first hand: This “someone” shared a 2-bedroom hooch with one of Colonel (at that time) Powell’s “experienced” women …. How “experienced” was she? Suffice it to say that she was so “experienced” that after Powell rose through the ranks to Secretary of State, she was sent to Brazil to live a life of luxury ….. Did I mention that this “someone” also has names and pictures?
And I ain’t talkin’ shoe fetish “experienced” here.
Obama’s mistress should be jealous — she was banished, not a life of luxury, but to a job in Martinique.
But I digress.
Am I the only one who remembers that Powell’s contemporary political bed-fellows were once the minions calling him “Uncle Tom” and other racially-toned slurs?
Astute observers of Powell’s career in Vietnam and the Gulf War never seriously considered him a viable candidate for President to begin with — Powell’s abject failure as Secretary Of State is suggested by only the bravest of historians. Allowing him to resign was but a face-saving alternative to his being fired.
Resentments? Powell surely has a few …. But so do those who know the REAL Colin Powell.
Secondly — let’s be more realistic than Powell’s hyperbole RE: Obama’s associations and assumed alliances:
That Obama’s biography touches so frequently on such unsavory organizations as CAIR and the Nation of Islam should give pause. How many of politicians have a single tie to either group, much less seven of them? John McCain charitably calls Obama “a person you do not have to be scared [of] as president of the United States,” but Obama’s multiple links to anti-Americans and subversives mean he would fail the standard security clearance process for Federal employees.
What our mainstream media is not telling us involves Powell’s ludicrous Middle East, pro-Muslim speaking tour and his close affiliation with Saudi prince Bendar, his tennis-playing buddy who gifted him with a new Jaguar.
Surely the distinguished General Powell has not been blinded by the glitter of Saudi gold?
…. on the basis of having seen a picture of a Muslim mother of a Muslim son who had been killed in Iraq, Colin Powell uses his (apparent) prestige to tell the interviewer and all of America, that there is nothing wrong with Islam, nothing wrong with the ideology of Islam, nothing to be concerned about in Sharia supremacism, nothing wrong with the idea of a Muslim president. His irresponsibility astounds.
He once held high office. And though he never demonstrated any particular gifts, he acquired — possibly because there had to be something good about him to focus on — the reputation for “integrity.” Apparently the gift to his wife of a Jaguar from Prince Bandar, his tennis partner, who was recently revealed in Great Britain to have been the recipient of up to $2 billion in kickbacks from a British aerospace company, and who was famous for distributing his largesse to powerful people in Washington, did nothing to modify this reputation for “integrity.” It would be useful to know, by the way, whether Colin Powell has been on the Arab lecture-circuit, the way so many others among our high and mighty have been, picking up, for a single lecture, a hundred thousand, two hundred thousand, even a million dollars (if you are Bill Clinton, or the first George Bush). But palling around with an obvious fixer and influence-peddler who worked on behalf of a sinister ruling family of a most sinister country, Saudi Arabia, befriending him, becoming his tennis-partner, says a lot about Colin Powell’s judgment — none of it good.
But in his offhand remarks In Defense Of Islam — remarks based on his having seen a photograph of a mother mourning her son — demonstrate what is so wrong with so many of our high and mighty, who presume to instruct and protect us. What does that photograph tell us? It tells us nothing at all about what Islam inculcates. Unless Colin Powell has studied the Qur’an, Hadith, and Sira, unless he has read the Qur’anic commentators, and such influential people at present as Qaradawi and Tantawi, he knows nothing about Islam, and has a duty not to make pronouncements as if he does. The dead soldier was, it appears, one of a very few Muslims who joined up. Indeed, there have been widespread reports of how the handful of Muslim (not Black Muslim) soldiers in the American and British armies have been subject to harassment and threats and even, in Great Britain, plots, by fellow Muslims who are outraged that they would behave in so un-Islamic a fashion, and dare to join an Infidel army to “fight against Muslims.”
Is Colin Powell aware of how few Muslims are in the army, the Reserves, the National Guard? Is he aware of how few are like the soldier whose grieving mother at his gravestone apparently struck him so much that he felt it gave him the right to pontificate to the public at large about Islam? He only has that right when he learns enough about Islam. And there are no signs, none, that he has been any more diligent or responsible in fulfilling that task than Bush, or a hundred others, at the top of the Washington heap, who have squandered so many men, so much money, so much material, so much attention, so much time, in their insensate inability, or willful refusal, to learn about the ideology — the politics, the geopolitics — of the Total Belief-System of Islam.
What Powell did was a clear dereliction of duty. He baselessly, on the slimmest and most misleading of anecdotal evidence, jumped to sweeping conclusions about Islam and Jihad. A glimpse of a grave and a griever tugged at his heartstrings, but did not tell him anything about what the texts and tenets of Islam are all about, and why that particular grieving mother was, if she had no regrets about her son joining the American army, as little representative of Muslims as her son was. That photograph had no larger significance. It said nothing about the texts, tenets, attitudes, and atmospherics of Islam. An intelligent observer would have understood this. A responsible observer, aware of his own ignorance of Islam, would never have dared to draw a conclusion, and impose that conclusion, on a presumably naive, and in some cases far too respectful, audience.
Of course Powell is behaving just like those who sentimentalize everything, reducing issues to this or that “real life” individual who may, or may not, be a useful representative or guide. But the error in this case was particularly egregious, and the irresponsibility flabbergasting, given the dangers the Infidels everywhere face. Does Powell know what is going on in southern Thailand? Does he think about the Biafra War, or southern Sudan? What does he know about the treatment of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh? What does he know about the spending of a hundred billion dollars by the Saudis alone to spread Islam all over the globe? What does he know about the present and certain future troubles, presented by no other group of immigrants, the result of the Muslim presence in Western Europe? He knows, I suspect, nothing of this. He’s a big shot. He delivers lectures. He speaks slowly, and portentously. He has an air, some think (I don’t) of “rectitude.” We are expected to admire him, and to forgive this kind of negligence — a failure to perform due diligence in investigating the matter of Islam — that does damage to the ignorant and the simple-minded, who may not recognize anecdotal evidence, or be able to see how misleading it is.
Why should we forgive Colin Powell? What’s so wonderful, what has ever been so wonderful, about him? And when will he give back that Jaguar to Prince Bandar?
And let’s not forget those other questionable associates that are the cause of multiple “obama smears” re-writes:
Did we mention the updates on the Rezko-Obama connection? They go deep …. Meet Obama’s buddy whom he nominated as Illinois State Treasurer …. The Chicago Way’s “new” party is now reserving cells in a federal prison near you!!!
And the list is growing.
Ahhhhhh, nothing clears your head like the smell of a hoax in the morning!
Part III coming …..