To the Editor:

On Oct. 20, Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican, endorsed Sen. Obama for president. Shouldn’t this endorsement put to rest the desire to establish that Obama is a Muslim terrorist?


To the Editor:
On Oct. 20, Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican, endorsed Sen. Obama for president. Shouldn’t this endorsement put to rest the desire to establish that Obama is a Muslim terrorist?
Gen. Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the first President Bush and was Secretary of State during the first term of the second President Bush.
In these jobs, Gen. Powell learned what kind of people carry out terrorist activities and what kind of people do not. He knows where the terrorist networks are and how they are likely to behave.
Before endorsing Obama, he would have had the resources to find who Obama had associated with and with what results in Obama’s character and voting record. He would not have endorsed a terrorist for president.
Gen. Powell also defended Muslim Americans against the stereotypes found in many of the Web sites devoted to establishing that Obama is a Muslim terrorist. Johanna Neuman reports that Powell “said the ‘right response’ to rumors that Obama is a terrorist is not only to deny them but to expose them as bigoted and un-American.”
Powell said, “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’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim American kid believing that he or she could 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.” (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/president bush/2008/10/colin-powell-a.html)
These are the words of an experienced, courageous man who understands what kind of America our military has defended through the years.
Joe Hall
Shawnee