Skip to comments.SOME FACTS ABOUT GENERAL CLARK
Posted on 10/04/2003 6:08:08 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton
SOME FACTS ABOUT GENERAL CLARK
General Wesley Clark. A hero. Medal winner. A born leader. The man that has GW Bush ready to just give up and quit. Really? Not everyone thinks so. Take, for instance, General Sir Mike Jackson, commander of the international K-For peacekeeping force. "I'm not going to start the third world war for you." It seems Clark had given an order to send in troops to attack Russian troops who were in the process of taking over the airfield of Kosovo's provincial capital. Fighting and killing Russian troops was not part of the war plan to stop the killing in Kosovo and General Jackson refused to follow Clark's direct order. One doesn't see allied Generals fighting with each other every day. Patton wanted to take on the Russians. He was ordered home.
Even wonder why there were NO American casualties in the Bosnia/Kosovo conflict? Because Clark, knowing that his beloved President didn't want to have to deal with family members of those killed and the possible negative poll numbers, ordered very high, blind, bombings. Human rights commissioner, Mary Robinson, stated, "NATO'S bombing campaign had lost its "moral purpose". Referring to the cluster bomb attack on residential areas and market in the Serbian town of Nis, she described NATO'S range of targets as "very broad" and "almost unfocused". There were too many mistakes; the bombing of the Serbian television station in Belgrade - which killed a make-up woman, among others - was "not acceptable". Sure they were acceptable, if you were the Commanding General who wanted to stay in the good graces of his Commander in Chief. Funny, I don't recall hearing the liberals complaining about the use of cluster bombs in civilian areas and towns when Bill was President. There were no apologies and no compensation to the many innocents who died because of this sloppy bombing campaign. One report stated Clark actually aimed at the CNN office in Belgrade.
The Pentagon considered him a "horses ass" and then Secretary of Defense William Cohen, hated him and relieved him of his NATO command two months early.
Those who have worked under him, have no use for him or his leadership skills. He abused his staff and seemed paranoid about them being out to ruin his career. Non officers were subject to his tantrums if they and their families didn't get out of his way fast enough. There was only thing on Clark's mind. Rank. He wanted it. Whatever he had to do to get it was ok with him, apparently.
"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. While Clark's biography heralds him as the man who transformed the 1st Horse Division into a rapid deployment division, one of his Officers described it as "easily the worst division I have ever seen in 25 years of doing this stuff."
The above Colonel was not the only man who saw Clark as a menace to the military. In the early 1980's, a major in the 3rd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado when Clark was in command there described him as a man who "regards each and every one of his subordinates as a potential threat to his
Not only does he seem a little paranoid and unstable, he seems to pick odd friends. Hashim Thaci, leader of the KLA is shown having his picture taken with a proud NATO Supreme Commander Clark. Who is he? He is the man who ordered the murder and ethnic cleansing of thousands of Kosovo Serbs and had "destroyed more Orthodox Christian churches and monasteries than were destroyed in 500 years under the Ottoman Empire. Also in the picture is Agim Ceku, who commanded the Croatian Army in "Operation Storm" that ethnically cleansed 250,000 Serbs from Krajina and murdered thousands and who now commands the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC), the thinly disguised successor to the KLA. It should be noted that the KLA, with whom we allied ourselves, at one time was designated by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization. Of course, this is the same KLA about whom Senator Joe Lieberman said: "The United States of America and the Kosovo Liberation Army stand for the same values and principles . . . Fighting for the KLA is fighting for human rights and
American values." (Washington Post, Apr.28, 1999)." Under Bill Clinton and Wesley Clark, America aligned itself with terrorists and mass murderers with the blessing of the likes of Joe Lieberman.
How did Clark get to such a high rank if he is such an incompetent? I'm glad you asked. When you are a first in your class from West Point, you get political favor. Clark had friends in high places. They came to his aide when he had to get through the Battle Command Training Program. He had to win in this mock battle against a formidable foe. This commander was known for chewing up opponents and spitting them out. To make it a fair fight, Clark's political allies cut the OPFOR (Opposing Force) Command in half. Still concerned he might lose, the Commander of OPFOR was given a flat out order to throw the fight. Their golden boy had to be protected at all costs. A few weeks after his "amazing" win in the Training Program, he got his third star.
At the National Training Center, Clark was dubbed the "Section Leader Six" for his obsession with micro-managing everything to the point of insanity. At the NTC, the constant training and mock battles that the group went through made them almost impossible to be beat by visiting "Blue Force" Generals. To make sure that his fellow Generals stayed on his good side, to his men's disgust, he would send them on "suicide" missions, thus insuring his high ranking friends would leave with good thoughts of him and owing him a favor for allowing them to look good in battle, even if it was mock.
After he ascended to the Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, his entourage grew in proportion with his massive ego. Aides would scurry around polishing his chair, testing the microphone, adjusting lights so he would look his best in front of Congress and thus on those TV sound bites. Because of his inflated ego, he was given the name, with no respect, by his fellow NATO commanders of "the Supreme Being".
The fact that he was a lousy General was never more apparent than in the aftermath of the main Kosovo war. Serb Generals, when questioned, laughed at the total ineffectiveness of the NATO bombing. After a count was done a total of 26 tanks and artillery pieces were all that was destroyed during the campaign. Half way through the conflict our $2 billion B-2 stealth bombers, described by Clark as one of the "heroes" of the war, had to be pulled out due to rapid deterioration from lack of maintenance and it was making them unsafe to fly. They were relegated to being props on the world stage for Clinton to stand in front of while making speeches about how he was beefing up the military.
The truth is, once Clark got to NATO, the war in Kosovo became a disaster. We destroyed the Serbian infrastructure and by NATO'S own figures of the 10,000 Kosovans killed, 8,000 of died AFTER the war started.
Clark not only made a total disaster of the Bosnia/Kosovo mess, he also had a hand in the disastrous Waco attack. Yes indeed. Clark was the military advisor to Janet Reno and is the one who planned that attack that eventually brought down the complex where so many kids died. Not only was it a disaster, it was illegal. It is illegal for the military to become involved in civilian situations for any reason. Though the military denies any involvement it is rather hard to hide the troops and tanks that were there. All total there were 9 Bradley fighting vehicles, 5 Combat Engineer Vehicles, 1 Tank Retrieval vehicle and 2 Abrams Tanks. Reno tried to pass them off as "on loan" from the military. "Operation Trojan Horse" was a dismal failure and the man in command was Wesley Clark. I would like to point out that it was this disaster that Tim McVeigh used as his reason for punishing the Government in Oklahoma. With Terry Nickols and, I believe the evidence shows, foreign assistance in the planning and money for needed supplies, McVeigh blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City where a 168 men, women and children died. For every action, there is a re-action.
Yugoslavia took 70 days to bring to it's knees. Clark predicted it would take a few days. He predicted that the people at Waco would surrender in the face of overwhelming force. They held out for 50 days.
The bombings in Yugoslavia were planned and carried out with orders from General Clark and it is documented that he purposely targeted hospitals, health care facilities and even old folks homes with cluster bombs. When the bloodbath was caught by a fighter planes video camera and 87 innocent civilians died, he said the camera malfunctioned.
Clark's plans seem to be murder thousands of civilians, blame it on underlings and military incompetence and take it to a Commander in Chief who loves to hear about how the military screws up. That man was an equally incompetent leader...Bill Clinton.
You peace loving liberals still feel this man is a rose among the thorns? As I always say, don't believe me, do some homework of your own. Don't just believe his press releases. This is the paranoid same man who claimed that "Bush" got him fired from CNN. Even the wildly liberal CNN denied it. They stated that his contract was up and since he appeared to be running for President, they felt it would be to large of a conflict for them to keep him on the payroll. Wesley Clark is not only a risk as President, he is a danger to all of us.
Clark, center, shares a happy moment and hat trading photo op with Serb mass murdered and wanted for war crimes, Gen. Ratko Mladic (to Clark's right). They shared wine and other gifts. Wanted by the U.N. and NATO, Mladic is still at large.
Was there ever a final count on the number of civilian casualties?
He was first in his class at West Point. We now must wonder what that distinction means, if someone like him could do so well in that curriculum.
He gained four stars. This makes our military look bad.
I know there are countless good people in the military, but do the worst people have to rise to the top? Why should it be any different from the corporate world, I guess?
Number one, Kosovo was a flagrant episode of dog-wagging, the main item on American headlines the previous week having been the Juanita Broaddrick story, and there was basically no way Clark or anybody else could ask American fighting men to risk life and limb for so base a reason.
Two, the idea of no American casualties in Kosovo will not stand up to the light of day. Figure about 50 - 100 allied aircraft lost realistically.
Three, the precedent of Kosovo cannot be allowed to stand. The UN could and shortly will step in and demand that we hand Texas and California over to Mexico on the same stupid basis of ethnicity now being everything, and ownership nothing.
Lots of grammar errors.....needs an editor desperately.
Please provide either proof to back up your, um, assumption, or an explanation of why you consistently choose the side of mass murdering morons (Milosevic's minions).
Don't you just love alliteration?
Does this resonate with anybody else, or am confusing Clark with someone else?
About four weeks into Dog-Wag III, a Houston television station did an interview with Milosevic and, in the course of the interview, one of the Houston guys asked Milosevic a question which amounted to a straight line which a guy like Clinton would have tried to hit out of the ballpark; Milosevic gave a perfectly straight-up honest answer.
The question was roughly (best possible from memory):
Mr. Milosevic, NATO is claiming to have lost only the one aircraft, an F117, during the Kosovo operation, and yet we read these eye-witness reports from all the surrounding countries of NATO aircraft crashing all over the place; some people are claiming that as many as 70 or 80 NATO planes may have been lost. Do you have any comments on this?
Again, a liar like Clinton would have tried to hit that one over the fence. Milosevic's response, again from memory:
You know, these planes are flying at 30,000' and when a missile scores a solid hit on a plane at that height it disintegrates, and when a less than solid hit is scored, the plane either makes it back to base in non-repairable condition or it crashes in some wooded area 25 miles away from here. Meanwhile, we're getting bombed around the clock and we just don't have the manpower to go combing the forests for downed aircraft. My GUESS would be that you could take these estimates you're hearing and divide by two or three, and you'd be somewhere ballpark.
That pretty much jibes with the estimate of 38 fixed-wing NATO aircraft lost from Strategic Studies of Alexandria, Va.
Some accounts maintain that several heavy bombers were lost.
From what I have been able to read, the only thing Milosevic is guilty of is trying to protect his country from barbarians.
Basically, he had to; every other ethnic group in the province were being brutalized by the Albanians. Read it:
Ethnic Albanians in the Government have manipulated public funds and regulations to take over land belonging to Serbs. And politicians have exchanged vicious insults.
Slavic Orthodox churches have been attacked, and flags have been torn down. Wells have been poisoned and crops burned.
Slavic boys have been knifed, and some young ethnic Albanians have been told by their elders to rape Serbian girls.
I mean, that's from a NY Times article in 1987 before there was any axe to grind over Kosovo, at least in America.
I mean, calling the AKs barbarians is almost an unjustifiable insult to the memory of guys like Attilla the Hun, Genseric the Vandal, Ragnar Lothbrook...
Note: All questions need not be answered...we KNOW the answers don't we???
Wesley Clark for president...he can kiss my white Irish a$$!!