Colin Powell announced this morning that he once again supports President Obama. He talked at great length about foreign policy when making the endorsement. From CBS News:
Turning to foreign policy, Powell said he saw “the president get us of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars. And finally I think that the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very very solid. And so, I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on.”
Powell expressed his concern about Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s changing positions on international affairs. “The governor who was saying things at the debate on Monday night … was saying things that were quite different from what he said earlier. I’m not quite sure which Gov. Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy.”
“One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal, same thing in Iraq. On almost every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Governor Romney agreed with the President with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign. And my concern … is that sometimes I don’t sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have.”
Notice what word is missing here, brought to you by the letter L (to return to the now-vintage themes of this cycle)?
UPDATE: John McCain said today that he was “saddened” by Powell’s decision to back Obama.
“I’m just saddened because, you know, I used to be a great admirer of Colin Powell,” McCain told Fox News Radio’s ‘Kilmeade and Friends.’ “We were friends. I think one of the sad aspects of his career is going to the United Nations Security Council and telling them things about Iraq that were absolutely false.”
“Obviously, my view of the situation in Iraq is we’re losing,” McCain added. “We’re losing what we won thanks to the surge. Al-Qaeda is doubled. There’s training camps in Western Iraq. In Afghanistan, all we do is say we’re leaving. Al-Qaeda is on the comeback all over northern Africa. They’ve taken over parts of Mali. All I can say is that General Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy even further by defending what has clearly been the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime.”