Meanwhile, Rangel’s main primary opponent, Adam Clayton Powell IV, remains the single most compelling reason to support Rangel’s bid for one last term. (Or, at least, to hope for Rangel to not cut a deal and resign until after the election.)
Powell, asked about Rangel’s proposal, said: “We don’t need to draft more soldiers, we need to bring our soldiers home.”
America, he continued, “should only go to war to defend against attacks.”
He was talking about Afghanistan, but then he was talking about Iraq, where the motivation for the war—”revenge, oil contracts, Halliburton, whatever”—he said went well beyond self-defense.
He said Barack Obama was making the same mistake in Afghanistan that George W. Bush had made by invading Iraq in 2003.
“We’re in Afghanistan because we’re trying to fight a war there, but history tells us when there is a war there, we’re not going to be able to fight a war there by ourselves,” he said.
He concluded by pointing out that America had not been attacked since 9/11, and saying, “These preemptive wars are questionable to begin with.”
When asked whether the war in Afghanistan was a response to the 9/11 attacks and not a preemptive war, he emphasized American failures so far.
“We’re looking for Osama Bin Laden—the man is 65, needs dialysis, and we can’t find him?” he asked. “Unless we find him—I fail to see the reason why we’re there.”