In "Clark's War," Laura Secor reexamines Wesley Clark's controversial conduct of the Kosovo war. Was Clark a bold leader who stared down bureaucratic opponents in the pursuit of humanitarian goals? Or a reckless commander who overstepped his authority and showed little regard for America's core strategic interests?
He was a bold leader. War is never pretty, and should always be the last option. Having said that, it's time to get him out of the White House, and replace him with someone who has a clue.
I'm wondering about Clark. As of the present I don't see a viable Democrat candidate but I'm not rushing toward the Clark camp. With Congress granting Bush his 87 Billion dollar request and the very sticky Iraq problem I just don't see where Clark stands in all of this. What I do see is how desperate the US wants to convert Iraq into it's main base in the Middle East while still having Isreal as it's close ally. I don't see the Arab nations going along quietly with the US plan, afterall, they are still nations who wish to have their nations run in the same old way, without Western influences, so I'm wondering how Clark would handle this explosive situation, you have to be a diplomat supreme for this not a gung-ho soldier. I won't get into the national scene where jobs are flying out the window at breakneck speed under the present administration while B-movie stars are being handed one the largest states with budget woes that would break Washington's back. How does Clark feel about this. I'm afraid Clark will have to be more concrete in his answers before I would endorse him. Our nation is a can of worms and we need someone to put the lid over them. I don't see Clark.
lamartrotti, las vegas, nv
General Clark is fake and an arrogant fool to think he can just walk in and win the presidency. It's preposterous that the media is even taking him seriously as a candidate. Truly, a joke. Why? He's obviously not really a Democratr, just some shill for some ulterior agenda from some spineless and truly unoraled political hacksters i nthe Democrat. They've sold out their party...Clark's fake candidacy the lowest point of the Democratic party since it began..truly pathetic.
4 Star Fake, wellesely, ma
Question for the quagmire crowd: How can Wesley Clark be a hero when we're still stuck in Kosovo five years after we went in there, but President Bush is a goat because we're still there less than a year after we went in there?
John, Andover, MA
THE VISION AND COURAGE OF GENERAL CLARK WAS EXACTLY WHAT WAS NEEDED TO HANDLE THE KOSOVO WAR. HIS STRATEGIC THINKING AND BLENDING OF MILITARY GOALS WITH POLITICAL OBJECTIVES REQUIRED FEUDING WITH THE TOP BRASS AT THE PENTAGON TO WIN THE WAR AND ENFORCE THE DAYTON PEACE ACCORDS AND STOP ETHNIC CLEANSING. UNFORTUNATELY THE SYSTEM MAKES PEOPLE PAY FOR SPEAKING UP ON MATTERS WITH ONES SUPERIORS. THE REASON THIS COUNTRY HAD NUCLEUR SUBMARINES WHEN WE DID WAS BECAUSE HYMAN RICKOVER BUCKED THE NAVY BRASS. WHETHER CLARK CAN BECOME A SUCCESSFUL POLITICIAN WITHOUT POLITICAL EXPERIENCE REMAINS TO BE SEEN, BUT HIS MILITARY LEADERSHIP CERTAINLY WAS IN THIS COUNTRY'S BEST INTEREST.
Although a lifelong Republican, I have lost confidence in the present administration. I initially supported Senator Lieberman. Gen. Clark had the credentials, though, that I have been looking for in a candidate. I was enthusiastic about Gen. Clark's candidacy. That enthusiasm has flagged and has been replaced by fear. I spent 20 years in the Marine Corps. Those commanders I feared serving under were those who spend energies and resources making themselves look good. This always occurred at the expense of their staff and their Marines. They were never concerned with right or wrong, only that photograph's taken showed their best profile. The anecdotes I hear about General Clark lead me to believe he is in that number. Sorry, Joe. I was temporarily seduced by the dark side. I'm back for good.
Mark, Atlanta, GA
I don't like the Bush Administration. I have have nothing against President Bush as person but he is not the man that should be calling the shots. Our foreign policy is a joke and the world knows it. Bush just doesn't get it. What about afghanistan? That country is in chaos, like Iraq, but no one seems to care. We are involved in a conflict with no end in sight and it is really depressing. I'm not really sure about Clark; however, he was first in his class at West Point, went to Oxford and understands military options better than Bush. I think Bush has led the United States down the wrong path and I hope the American voters want some change in 2004.
Brendan, Silver Spring
my brother served under clark (ft hood). he thought pretty well of him. his response to all the negative things being said about him now was that it was no surprise; most of those guys saying stuff about clark now have made a ton of money under Bush and his feeling is Bush has done squat for the servicemen and their families. he's a big clark supporter.
4 Star Fake, you appear to be an angry Dean supporter and the mud you’re throwing will not stick. Clark’s domestic policies are consistent with all the other Democratic candidates and he is uniquely qualified to beat the Republicans at their perceived strength. As for the next post after you regarding the "Quagmire", we've been in Kosovo for 5 years with no causalities. That is the difference between Cark and Bush. Clark brought allies together and stopped a genocide. Bush ignored everyone, had no exit plan and just today we lost 2 more American soldiers.
Kevin, West Newbury
This guy is an Albright idiot. They both used the military for their personnal gains rather than the right of of peoples and their struggles. The Kosarvars should have been bombed, they are terrorists. This guy is like the whole Clinton administration, a political time bomb.