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July 7, 2008
Wesley Clark and His
Mouth: Obama’s Stuck With Both of Them
you’re Barack Obama, and you’re looking for a retired general to make
the implausible case that you’re ready to handle America’s national
security concerns, you can’t afford to be choosy.
Obama is stuck with Wesley Clark – a man whose public utterances are
usually bizarre and often hilarious. Clark stepped in it a week ago on
CBS’s Face the Nation when he offered the following scintillating
assessment of John McCain’s qualifications:
I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a
qualification to be president.”
Oh, to be sitting with Obama as he was watching this, shaking his head
and burying his head in his hands, as if to say, “This is general
who’s supposed to convince people to vote for me?”
Yep. That’s your guy. But what is he supposed to do, jettison Clark and
go get the next distinguished general to tout his commander-in-chief
bona fides? Because you’re going to find that guy . . . where? Exactly.
So it’s Wesley or bust.
Or it could be both. Before Obama decided to send out Clark as his
surrogate, he might have looked into Clark’s track record. It’s nothing
if not entertaining.
Clark, who served as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during the
Clinton Administration, was forced out of that position early for
reasons Gen. Hugh Shelton, who served at the time as chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, would only describe as “integrity and character
issues.” During the Kosovo War, he created so many problems with his
ill-advised statements to the press that Shelton was forced to convey a
message from Secretary of Defense William Cohen to “get your #$*#& face
off the TV. No more briefings. Period.”
None of this stopped Clark from becoming a Democrat for the purposes of
running for public office, but apparently a phone call from Karl Rove
could have. Clark claimed he was only joking when he made the very
unhumorous statement that “I would have been a Republican if Karl Rove
had returned my phone calls.” Rove is no fool. I guess Clark’s fawning
praise of President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld
during a 2001 speech didn’t convince Rove that it would be a good idea
having Clark travel the country speaking on behalf of Republicans.
After Clark’s 2004 run for the presidency, he sought to build his fame
as a TV analyst, and since his opinions were always interesting, lots of
people started seeking them. That included Arianna Huffington, who
extracted the following Clark wisdom about the prospect of war with
have to read what’s in the Israeli press. The Jewish community is
divided, but there is so much pressure being channeled from the New York
money people to the office seekers.”
money people! You know what that means, right? Those are the really bad
Jews, the ones who control all the banks and wield their sinister
influence over U.S. foreign policy. Or so believe the most paranoid
among us, including, it would appear, Wesley Clark.
So it’s no
shock that Clark would go on national television and speak in such
dismissive terms about McCain’s military service. No one, including
McCain, believes McCain has earned the presidency solely on the basis of
getting shot down and captured. So by attacking that straw dog, Clark
accomplished nothing but to make a fool of himself. A man does what
comes naturally to him.
process, Clark unwittingly gave the green light to the left’s most
unhinged to unleash far more vitriolic attacks on McCain’s service.
Throughout the campaign, Obama has seen nothing to gain by attacking
McCain’s experience as a six-year prisoner of war, especially when
McCain could have been released early as a propaganda stunt, but refused
because his buddies wouldn’t be allowed to go along.
Attacking that would be crazy, and even Obama’s seething-mad,
antiwar left-wing supporters followed his lead – until Clark spoke up.
The line crossed, stories began to appear accusing McCain of being a
poor serviceman, and even of committing treason during his captivity.
has to clean up Clark’s mess, but he can’t unload the mess that is Clark
himself, because pro-Obama generals with familiar names are hard to
find. Then again, if Clark was so convinced of Obama’s qualifications,
why did he support Hillary Clinton during the primaries?
really matter. Obama needs a general, and he’s stuck with Wesley Clark –
and Clark’s mouth.
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