Skip to comments.General Wesley Clark for President?
Posted on 01/04/2003 12:45:59 PM PST by kattracks
The Progressive Review, an admittedly liberal, but excellent e-mail report (we read it every day at NewsMax) warns of Wesley Clark, who is reported to be thinking about running for president.
In examining the background of this man who would be president the Review learned that Clark is a longtime friend of Clinton - a fact that helped his rise to the top. He has also been employed by the Stephens Group, part of the Stephens family empire that helped to launch Clinton's career and keep him in the 1992 primaries despite cash problems.
According to the Review Clark commanded Fort Hood during the time it provided illegal troops and weapons used in the Waco massacre.
On August 3, 1999, the Guardian 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 internationalK-For 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. . . Mary Robinson, the UN human rights commissioner, said NATO's bombing campaign had lost its "moral purpose".
And on November 12, 1999, at the beginning of the Kosovo conflict, Counterpunch delved into the military career of General Clark and discovered that his meteoric rise through the ranks was the result of "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."
Wrote columnist Robert Novak- "Members of Congress who, during their spring recess, met in Brussels with Gen. Wesley Clark, the NATO supreme commander, were startled by his bellicosity. According to the lawmakers, Clark suggested the best way to handle Russia's supply of oil to Yugoslavia would be aerial bombardment of the pipeline that runs through Hungary. He also proposed bombing Russian warships that enter the battle zone.
On April 20, 1999, columnist and much-decorated Col. David Hackworth - wrote that Clark "Known by those who've served with him as the "Ultimate Perfumed Prince," [is] far more comfortable in a drawing room discussing political theories than hunkering down in the trenches where bullets fly and soldiers die."
Counterpunch described Clark as "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."
Clark, of course, would run as a Democrat.
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On the other hand, W would beat him hands down!
Thanks for the warning post. Regards.
He can't be ALL bad, can he?
Oh wait, he was also in charge of the tanks that moved on all those women and children in Waco Texas!
I stand corrected.
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Jim Inhofe had been a glowing star of congress until he made the "retirement" speech for Clark....I'll never figure that one out.
I suppose that those BFVs and M88 could pass for a tank.
Yes, he was a Rhodes scholar. Another of his scholar buddies helped move him to the front of the line once he made the presidency, crowning a long career of spinning, fabricating, and fluffing his record.
After being forced to suffer under 8 years of Clinton, rest assured that a lot of old officers and Clark's other subordinates would rise up and give a good reality check on Bill's little pal. You've gotta love payback.