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Clark Alleges White House Pushed CNN to Fire Him
Fox News ^ | August 26, 2003 | none credited

Posted on 08/26/2003 8:24:39 AM PDT by Quilla

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:37:02 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

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To: jwfiv
All you need to know about Wesley Clark:

1) He helped lead Islamic terrorists to victory in Kosovo.

2) He thinks the invasion of Iraq is a huge mistake.

3) He is a big friend of Hill and Billary
51 posted on 08/26/2003 9:40:16 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: Quilla
I just googled "Wesley Clark" and "World War II" -- look what came up, from antiwar.com of all places.

Wesley Clark: The Guy Who Almost Started World War III
by Stella Jatras
August 23, 2003

General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and Friend of Bill's (FOB) is considering a run for President of these United States. In an AP report of 29 June, former-President William Jefferson Clinton stated that Wesley Clark would make a fine president, if he ran. After all, what are friends for? There is also a grassroots campaign effort to "draft Wesley Clark" for president which states, "We believe America needs a new president. One who can be a voice for common sense and moderation in these dangerous, uncertain times. One with the unquestionable leadership and foreign policy credentials necessary to win in 2004. We believe that General Wesley Clark might just be – the one. That is why we are trying to convince him to seek the Democratic nomination for president."

Let us look at what kind of a president Wesley Clark would make according to CounterPunch of November 12, 1999, "The poster child for everything that is wrong with the GO (general officer) corps," exclaims one colonel, who has had occasion to observe Clark in action, citing, among other examples, his command of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood from 1992 to 1994.

"At the beginning of the Kosovo conflict, CounterPunch delved into the military career of General Wesley Clark and discovered that his meteoric rise through the ranks derived from the successful manipulation of appearances: faking the results of combat exercises, greasing to superiors and other practices common to the general officer corps. We correctly predicted that the unspinnable realities of a real war would cause him to become unhinged. Given that Clark attempted to bomb the CNN bureau in Belgrade and ordered the British General Michael Jackson to engage Russian troops in combat at the end of the war, we feel events amply vindicated our forecast.

"With the end of hostilities it has become clear even to Clark that most people, apart from some fanatical members of the war party in the White House and State Department, consider the general, as one Pentagon official puts it, 'a horse's ass.' Defense Secretary William Cohen is known to loathe him, and has seen to it that the Hammer of the Serbs will be relieved of the Nato command two months early."

This is the guy who received the Kosovo Campaign Medal after having been granted a waiver, although according to an article in Stars and Stripes (European addition), no one seems to know who granted the waiver in time for the general to get the first medal awarded. Even though he led the international alliance in its 78-day blitz against Yugoslavia, the waiver was necessary because General Clark's service did not meet the criteria for the award which required service in the actual theater of operation. It appears that Clark made no effort to secure similar waivers for the thousands of service personnel who supported the effort from bases outside the combat zone.

On 17 July 2001, General Wesley Clark was confronted in an often heated exchange by his critics at Border's book store where the general was promoting his book, Waging Modern War. Although one of the axioms of Clark's book is that, "A Political Problem Cannot be Solved by Military Force," what he practiced and advocated in Kosovo was just the opposite. When confronted with questions about the misuse of air power and grossly exaggerating the results as exposed in a Newsweek article titled Kosovo Cover-Up of 15 May 2000, targeting civilian targets as stated by Sen. Joe Lieberman, and consorting with KLA terrorists such as Hashim Thaci and Agim Ceku, General Clark's replies were always the same: the questioner was wrong, Sen. Lieberman was wrong, and Newsweek was wrong. "I went to the presentation very much opposed to everything Clark stood for, but it wasn't until I heard him speak and answer questions that I realized how dangerous a man like this is," writes Col. George Jatras, USAF (Ret).

'THE GUY WHO ALMOST STARTED WORLD WAR III'

In Waging Modern War, General Clark wrote about his fury upon learning that Russian peacekeepers had entered the airport at Pristina, Kosovo, before British or American forces. In the article "The guy who almost started World War III," (Aug. 3, 1999), The Guardian (U.K.) wrote, "No sooner are we told by Britain's top generals that the Russians played a crucial role in ending the West's war against Yugoslavia than we learn that if NATO's supreme commander, the American General Wesley Clark, had had his way, British paratroopers would have stormed Pristina airport, threatening to unleash the most frightening crisis with Moscow since the end of the Cold War."

"I'm not going to start the third world war for you," General Sir Mike Jackson, commander of the international KFOR peacekeeping force, is reported to have told Gen. Clark when he refused to accept an order to send assault troops to prevent Russian troops from taking over the airfield of Kosovo's provincial capital. The Times of London reported on 23 May 2001 in an article titled, "Kosovo clash of allied generals," that "General Sir Michael Jackson [was] told that he would have to resign if he refused to obey an order by the American commander of Nato's forces during the Kosovo war to stop the Russians from seizing control of Pristina airport in June 1999."

If General Clark had had his way, we might have gone to war with Russia, or at least resurrected vestiges of the Cold War and we certainly would have had hundreds if not thousands of casualties in an ill-conceived ground war

In his article titled, "A Long, Tough Job," which appeared in the Washington Post on 14 September, Clark writes, "And the American public will have to grasp and appreciate a new approach to warfare. Our objective should be neither revenge nor retaliation, though we will achieve both. Rather, we must systematically target and destroy the complex, interlocking network of international terrorism. The aim should be to attack not buildings and facilities but the people who have masterminded, coordinated, supported and executed these and other terrorist attacks.

"Our methods should rely first on domestic and international law, and the support and active participation of our friends and allies around the globe. Evidence must be collected, networks uncovered and a faceless threat given shape and identity."

"Rely on international law"? Clinton and his gangsters broke every international law on the books regarding Yugoslavia. "Evidence must be collected?" Evidence of what? The Serbs certainly did not have weapons of mass destruction; nor did they attack us first; nor were they ever a threat to us. His words ring hollow.

You can read "Wes" Clark's letter to the National Albanian American Council of 1 November 2002, in which he says, "Let's stay in touch." For an American general who was supposed to be impartial in a civil war, it is no secret that Clark is the Albanian lobby's fair-haired boy. And why not? He delivered Kosovo to them.

General Clark brags about the fact that not one solder was killed under his command. Even though the Serbs had every opportunity to kill American soldiers, I contend that the Serbs did not want Americans to die at their hands. This was illustrated when Sgt. Christopher Stone of Smiths Creek, Michigan, upon his release, left a note to his prison guards thanking them for treating him with "dignity and respect." The Pentagon declined to release a copy of Stone's note, but a copy was made available to The Associated Press (5 May 1999). The note ended with "Thank you, you are very kind" and "God help you."

Col. David Hackworth, in his 1999 commentary Defending America, wrote of Clark: Known by those who've served with him as the Ultimate Perfumed Prince, he's far more comfortable in a drawing room discussing political theories than hunkering down in the trenches where bullets fly and soldiers die.

Col. Jatras writes that "General Clark is the kind of general we saw too often during the Vietnam War and hoped never to see again in a position of responsibility for the lives of our GIs and the security of our nation. That it happened once again we can thank that other Rhodes scholar from Arkansas."

In this writer's judgement, what this guy is positioning himself for is the VP slot with Hillary running for President. It would be a marriage made in Hell...a Hell for all of us.

Knowing all the above, why would anyone want as president or VP a guy who was willing to start World War III for the sake of his own ego and self-importance?

52 posted on 08/26/2003 9:41:07 AM PDT by ellery (Don't let the facts get in the way of your worldview)
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To: Quilla
showed Clark with 49 percent support in the "Blind Bio" survey compared to 40 percent for President Bush

Did the Blind Bio for Bush include the following entry:

His leadership comforted the nation in time of attack, and then he oversaw a devastating counterattack against the nation's enemies that saw them defeated in weeks with minimal US casualties.

Did the Blind Bio for Clark include the following entry:

Nearly started WW3
Predicted Quagmire in Afghanistan and Iraq; counseled against war in Iraq, and criticized the tactics that won the war in 21 days; nonetheless touts his military credentials.

53 posted on 08/26/2003 9:42:16 AM PDT by Defiant (I am Taglinus Maximus. I do not entertain!)
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To: Quilla
Sorry for the multi-posts!

Was it not CNN's own Lou Dobbs who banned Clark from his show?

Also was it not Clark who did not supply U. S. troops in Somalia?

He ducks the issue of whether he'll run as a Dem everytime Hannity asks him.

My bet says he runs as Jean Francois "I served in VietNam" Kerry's VP. They want to try and pose themselves as being more pro-military than President Bush. Will never happen - not with FreeRepublic bringing up their records on military spending (Kerry) and Clark's fiascos as a "commander" under Clinton.
54 posted on 08/26/2003 9:50:23 AM PDT by BlessedByLiberty (Respectfully submitted,)
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To: BlessedByLiberty
And wasn't Clark the brilliant one who came up with the black beret for all Army personnel idea?
55 posted on 08/26/2003 9:53:00 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: Cobra64
Forgive me. And Sleezy:


56 posted on 08/26/2003 9:55:19 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: Quilla
I believe so and it fits doesn't it? Originally they were supposed to be made in China - which fits in with the Clinton/Gore Chinese connections.

I often wonder about the Blum (Mr. Dianne Feinstein) contracts with China - how much comes from information she gains while in the Senate as part of her "service to the people" campaign.
57 posted on 08/26/2003 9:56:28 AM PDT by BlessedByLiberty (Respectfully submitted,)
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To: Quilla
Didn't Ross Perot claim something similarly ridiculous about, I think it was then President GHWB? What is it with these white haired hillbillies....
58 posted on 08/26/2003 10:01:41 AM PDT by Paradox
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To: rightazrain
"My hunch is that he's really campaigning for the VP spot."

The Toons and Clark have already agreed: Hildabeast will run for Prez with Clark as Veep, and in 2004. When the numbers come in early next year that Bush is vulnerable, you will see the Beast ratchet up her rhetoric and begin campaigning in earnest, even if she is not officially declared.
59 posted on 08/26/2003 10:06:03 AM PDT by ought-six
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To: ConfusedAndLovingIt
His analysis was that it would take many, many months, or as long as a year, to defeat Iraq, and then only if we committed far more troops.
60 posted on 08/26/2003 10:08:16 AM PDT by ought-six
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To: jwfiv
I have two questions for Wes that I doubt he can answer satisfactorily:
  1. How many T-72s and BMPs can you buy for the cost of 1 F-117?
  2. How many T-72s and BMPs did you destroy in Serbia in 1999?

61 posted on 08/26/2003 10:23:36 AM PDT by steveegg (I have one thing to say to the big spenders; BLIZZARD OF RECALL TOUR!)
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To: Steve_Seattle
It's a legacy of his experience seeing the CNN beg and grovel in front of the Clinton Administration... guess he figures they would do the same for a non-Dem President.
62 posted on 08/26/2003 10:38:14 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Welcome to the Iraq Roach Motel - Islamofascists check in, but they don't check out!)
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To: steveegg
I just saw him on pmsnbc...I doubt he could answer either question at all.

Weasel Clark...he oozes that xlintonian vibe...a self-loving ego.

I think he's setting himself up for the Veep spot.
63 posted on 08/26/2003 10:39:09 AM PDT by jwfiv
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To: Quilla
"Apparently they called CNN. I don't have all the proof on this because they didn't call me. I've only heard rumors about it."

What an idiot. Perhps Ross Perot will hire him to protect his property from all those intruders he has (running around in his head).

64 posted on 08/26/2003 10:41:44 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Quilla
Clark is a lunatic if he thinks Bush has any pull with CNN really. Although if Bill O'Reilly is looking for a ridiculous item for today, this is surely it.
65 posted on 08/26/2003 10:43:59 AM PDT by miloklancy
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To: Quilla
Clark is obviously too stupid to realize how the "left" used him to attack the war in Iraq....IMHO.
66 posted on 08/26/2003 11:07:09 AM PDT by Arpege92
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To: BlessedByLiberty
The perfumed prince strikes again.
67 posted on 08/26/2003 11:10:31 AM PDT by JRjr (hMMM?)
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To: Quilla

68 posted on 08/26/2003 12:03:58 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: Quilla
Clark is both imperious AND delusional. What a winning combination! Snicker, snicker!
69 posted on 08/26/2003 12:56:52 PM PDT by alwaysconservative (Better living through denial)
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To: mhking
I find it interesting how the 1st two paragraphs address the title of this article...and the following paragraphs continue on as a campaign ad.

That's all this piece of garbage is.

Attention getting headline...fluff through the 1st two paragraphs and then pump him up.
70 posted on 08/26/2003 2:02:32 PM PDT by Neets ("The only people who gain importance are those that crave it")
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To: Quilla
What a paranoid wacko!

Now I know he's a Dem.
71 posted on 08/26/2003 2:03:57 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: mhking
Try it again - you've only heard voices from your refrigerator. Did they say "ZUUL?"

LMAO! good put-down.

72 posted on 08/26/2003 4:56:02 PM PDT by King Prout (people hear and do not listen, see and do not observe, speak without thought, post and not edit)
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To: Quilla; mhking
Hip-wader alert!

"The White House actually back in February apparently tried to get me knocked off CNN and they wanted to do this because they were afraid that I would raise issues with their conduct of the war," Clark told Newsradio 620 KTAR. "Apparently they called CNN. I don't have all the proof on this because they didn't call me. I've only heard rumors about it."

In the immortal words of Boris Badinof, "Hoo-boy!"

I would like to appraise the retired General, sir, if you don't mind, General sir, that the words "apparently" and "actually" do not mix harmoniously in a single declarative statement. The former means "it seems" and the latter means "it IS". They are not synonamous, sir. That being the case, General, may I be so bold as to point out that "and they wanted to do this because they were afraid" is thus rendered a piece of meaningless and idle speculation, of approximately zero denotative value. Finally, sir, it is my duty to respectfully inform you that your statement of "I don't have all the proof" is a blatant lie, as your immediately following statement "I've only heard rumors about it" clearly means that you have NO PROOF WHATSOEVER. In sum, General, it would be for the best if you would forego speaking for the next thiry years or so. You would appear so much more wise if you were to do so.

73 posted on 08/26/2003 5:09:51 PM PDT by King Prout (people hear and do not listen, see and do not observe, speak without thought, post and not edit)
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To: BunnySlippers
see #73. you beat me to it, and much more succinctly :)
74 posted on 08/26/2003 5:11:25 PM PDT by King Prout (people hear and do not listen, see and do not observe, speak without thought, post and not edit)
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To: Quilla
what, you mean the ugly frenchie things made in Red China?
75 posted on 08/26/2003 5:13:40 PM PDT by King Prout (people hear and do not listen, see and do not observe, speak without thought, post and not edit)
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To: alwaysconservative
it worked for BJ and 'Er 'Einous, didn't it?
76 posted on 08/26/2003 5:16:42 PM PDT by King Prout (people hear and do not listen, see and do not observe, speak without thought, post and not edit)
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To: Quilla
Perhaps instead of the White House it was just a Canadian think-tank that pushed CNN to fire him. Sadly, Clark is easily confused about these sort of matters.

Wesley Clark Admits He Lied

77 posted on 08/26/2003 5:26:09 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: King Prout
Love your personal page and your tag! LOL!
78 posted on 08/26/2003 5:54:32 PM PDT by alwaysconservative (Better living through denial)
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To: alwaysconservative
Thanks and thanks.
79 posted on 08/26/2003 5:57:15 PM PDT by King Prout (people hear and do not listen, see and do not observe, speak without thought, post and not edit)
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To: Quilla
Clark is whackier than the bad John McCain.
80 posted on 08/26/2003 6:01:06 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: alwaysconservative
just updated it :)
(die-hard carnivore's sense of humor showing today)
81 posted on 08/26/2003 6:05:28 PM PDT by King Prout (people hear and do not listen, see and do not observe, speak without thought, post and not edit)
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To: jwalsh07
But how do either of those compare with Orrin "whiplash" Hatch? 0.o
82 posted on 08/26/2003 6:06:29 PM PDT by King Prout (people hear and do not listen, see and do not observe, speak without thought, post and not edit)
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To: princess leah
Isn't this the guy who had the perfect record?
Wrong 100% of the time about all things military?
84 posted on 08/26/2003 7:54:41 PM PDT by Publius6961 (californians are as dumb as a sack of rocks.)
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To: Quilla
Bump for timely reflection on Clark's candor.
85 posted on 09/18/2003 3:30:48 PM PDT by AHerald
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To: Quilla
Sounds pretty paranoid. Add this to the "mysterious" phone call from the White House, well, not the White House, actually, but from some guy in Canada, asking him to link Al Qaeda and Iraq.

This guy gets a lot of anonymous voices from the White House telling him what to do, doesn't he?
86 posted on 09/18/2003 3:33:44 PM PDT by gridlock (All I need to know about Islam I learned on 9/11/01)
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