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Eloquent Support For Obama From Colin Powell

Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Powell, a Republican, is a former Secretary of State in President George W. Bush’s first term, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the man who led Operation Desert Storm against Saddam Hussein, and National Security Adviser to the first President Bush.

Powell’s eloquent depiction of Obama as a “transformational figure” came in an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press:

This is the transcript of General Colin Powell’s endorsement of Senator Barack Obama. The transcript of the full interview is available from NBC’s Meet The Press.

MR. BROKAW: General Powell, actually you gave a campaign contribution to Senator McCain. You have met twice at least with Barack Obama. Are you prepared to make a public declaration of which of these two candidates that you’re prepared to support?

GEN. POWELL: Yes, but let me lead into it this way. I know both of these individuals very well now. I’ve known John for 25 years as your setup said. And I’ve gotten to know Mr. Obama quite well over the past two years. Both of them are distinguished Americans who are patriotic, who are dedicated to the welfare of our country. Either one of them, I think, would be a good president. I have said to Mr. McCain that I admire all he has done. I have some concerns about the direction that the party has taken in recent years. It has moved more to the right than I would like to see it, but that’s a choice the party makes. And I’ve said to Mr. Obama, “You have to pass a test of do you have enough experience, and do you bring the judgment to the table that would give us confidence that you would be a good president.” [Read more…]


Howard Heads To Jakarta For Aid Summit

The Prime Minister, John Howard, will attend an international conference in Jakarta aimed at coordinating the distribution of aid to tsunami-affected areas of South Asia.

Speaking at a press conference in Canberra, Howard said he would also meet with the Indonesian President Yudhoyono. It is expected that the two leaders will announce further aid measures. [Read more…]


Howard Announces $1 Billion Tsunami Aid Package For Indonesia

The biggest single Australian aid package worth $1 billion dollars has been announced by the Prime Minister, John Howard.

The aid package will be made up of $500 million in grants and $500 million in concessional loans. It will be administered by a joint commission overseen by Indonesian President Yudohyono and John Howard.

The aid is in response to the tsunami that devastated areas of South Asia on December 26. The Aceh region of Sumatra in Indonesia was particularly hit and will be a focus for much of the aid package. [Read more…]


Colin Powell’s Address To The United Nations Security Council On Iraq

This is the transcript of the Address to the United Nations Security Council by the United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell.

Text of US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Address to the United Nations Security Council on Iraq.

Colin PowellThank you, Mr President.

Mr President, Mr Secretary-General, distinguished colleagues, I would like to begin by expressing my thanks for the special effort that each of you made to be here today.

This is an important day for us all as we review the situation with respect to Iraq and its disarmament obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1441. [Read more…]


Bush Cabinet Taking On Conservative Hue

United States President-elect, George W. Bush, is close to finalising his choice of Cabinet nominees for his new administration which will take office on January 20. With only a couple of major positions yet to be announced, it has become apparent that the 43rd President has chosen a conservative cast of colleagues for the next four years.

Bush-CheneyPresident-elect George W Bush and Vice-President-elect Dick Cheney

All Cabinet nominees have to be approved by the Senate, in a process that will begin in the coming week. The relevant Senate committees will conduct public hearings at which the nominees will be interrogated. A full vote of the Senate follows a recommendation from a committee.

At this stage, those most likely to face a grilling and possible rejection in the confirmation process are:

  • nominee for Attorney-General, Senator John Ashcroft, who lost his Missouri Senate seat last month to a dead man, Mel Carnahan. In the past Ashcroft has sought to outlaw abortion, even for victims of rape or incest. He has spearheaded opposition to judicial appointments of liberals and blacks.
  • nominee for Interior Secretary, Gale Norton, the former Colorado Attorney-General, who has a long history of favouring limited regulation of land use.

These two candidates represent the most right-wing of the incoming president’s choices. [Read more…]