The news has been buzzing about a possible endorsement for Senator Obama by General Colin Powell. Well today it came on Meet the Press followed up by some additional comments in an impromptu interview with reporters. I think this article "Colin Powell endorses Obama" in the Huffington Post and especially the two videos are well worth watching.
To me, it is not the endorsement that makes General Powell right. Whether or not I agree with General Powell's choice for President is frankly irrelevant. He, like everyone else can vote for whomever he chooses. What makes him right is that people have a right to a choice based on fact, not fiction or worse, fear rooted in fiction. That is the fundamental belief of democracy - it is not a Republican way or a Democratic way, it is supposed to be the American way.
In explaining his endorsement, General Powell - one of the most respected voices in the US and the world - makes it clear that the nonsense just has to stop and has articulated his opinion based on fact. Some of these facts have been obscured in this process, so take the time to listen to him. General Powell has been more than clear - the American people not only deserve better; not only do they need better; they must have better.