- The Washington Times - Friday, May 29, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In regard to Colin L. Powell’s comments lamenting the Republican Party’s supposed lack of inclusiveness (“Powell: GOP must be inclusive,” Page 1, Monday), I suggest that people who believe in anything bigger than themselves should not be taking notes from Mr. Powell. It is hard to believe that this so-called moderate Republican would forsake the party that nominated a moderate like Sen. John McCain to endorse a demogogue like Barack Obama. Perhaps his acceptance of a 1995 Jaguar from Prince Bandar, former Saudi ambassador to the United States, not long after resigning the job of secretary of state, offers a clue as to what he was thinking. One wonders how much this lackluster former secretary sold out to the Saudis to deserve such payback from this notorious influence-peddler.

Given this precedent, I have to disagree with Rush Limbaugh: Mr. Powell’s endorsement of Mr. Obama is not about race. It is about Mr. Powell, a wet-fingered has-been hunting for a job.

ANTONIO CHAVES

Hyattsville

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