This strikes me as one of the most profound, thoughtful, and important statements of this election cycle. General Powell made an excellent argument for electing Senator Obama, and in addition to all of his thoughts, he addressed the important issue of Islamophobia, which is one of the biggest elephants in the room right now. Powell said what truly needed to be said, and what few observers have remarked yet: that even if Obama were a Muslim, it wouldn't matter. Islam and American patriotism are not mutually exclusive, and the smear campaign that seeks to demonize Islam (and Senator Obama) is anti-American.
That message is exactly what America needs to hear right now, especially from a leader of this stature. This really is a must-watch clip.