I've never been particularly fond of career bureaucrat Colin Powell
. In a new interview with GQ, he shares his thoughts on terrorism:
"What is the greatest threat facing us now? People will say it's terrorism. But 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. So what is the great threat we are facing?"
The greatest threat? Uh, terrorism.
What a dumb thing to say on 9/11.
What are we fighting in Iraq right now?
But wait. Powell, rocket scientist he is, also thinks that America, should 'focus on welcoming newcomers
,' to 'improve our image in the world
Like we're not welcoming? A country of 280 million citizens, with two huge open borders to the north and south? That's about as welcoming as it gets.
"America could not survive without immigration," he says. "Even the undocumented -- (my emphasis) ILLEGAL -- immigrants are contributing to our economy. That's the country my parents came to. That's the image we have to portray to the rest of the world: kind, generous, a nation of nations, touched by every nation, and we touch every nation in return. That's what people still want to believe about us. They still want to come here. -- THEY ARE STILL COMING HERE -- We've lost a bit of the image, -- I WONDER WHY. COULD IT BE BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU, MR. POWELL? -- but we haven't lost the reality yet. And we can fix the image by reflecting a welcoming attitude -- and by not taking counsel of our fears and scaring ourselves to death that everybody coming in is going to blow up something. It ain't the case."
If I had immigrated to the United States, worked my ass off at a job, or two jobs, or three jobs, learned the language AND did everything by the book to become an American citizen, I'd be extremely offended hearing boneheads like Powell speak with such reverence about people here illegally, mooching off the system.