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Colin Powell: Close Guantánamo

It is exciting, inspiring, and hopeful, to hear a conservative like Colin Powell speaking like this:

Let’s welcome every foreign student we can get our hands on. Let’s make sure that foreigners come to the Mayo Clinic here, and not the Mayo facility in Dubai or somewhere else. Let’s make sure people come to Disney World and not throw them up against the wall in Orlando simply because they have a Muslim name. Let’s also remember that this country was created by immigrants and thrives as a result of immigration, and we need a sound immigration policy.

Let’s show the world a face of openness and what a democratic system can do. That’s why I want to see Guantánamo closed. It’s so harmful to what we stand for. We literally bang ourselves in the head by having that place. What are we doing this to ourselves for? Because we’re worried about the 380 guys there? Bring them here! Give them lawyers and habeas corpus. We can deal with them. We are paying a price when the rest of the world sees an America that seems to be afraid and is not the America they remember.

Amen! Let’s stop hiding behind an Iron Curtain of Fear.

Are there any terrorists in the world who can change the American way of life or our political system? No. Can they knock down a building? Yes. Can they kill somebody? Yes. But can they change us? No. Only we can change ourselves.

(Thanks, Craig Newmark.)

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  • Colin Powell is not a stupid man. In fact, I heard that he out and out told Bush that invading Iraq was a dumb idea back in 2003. Unfortunately, he had to do what his commander-in-chief told him so he campaigned for the war at the UN and then organized it. If I have my facts right, he stepped down because he was so disgusted by what was happening. The war really hurt him politically. It’s sad.