Video: Wes Clark says terrorism is “because of Iraq”; Update: Scrappleface counters

posted at 9:12 pm on November 2, 2006 by Allahpundit

Cleverly worded for plausible deniability. “No,” he’d say, “it’s television commercials about terrorism that are ‘because of Iraq,’ not terrorism itself. We’re simply accusing the GOP of trying to scare people to distract them from the war.”

He knows exactly what he’s saying. Disgraceful.

Update: Scott Ott responds.


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Past willfull ignorance and into collaborative mode.

bbz123 on November 2, 2006 at 9:16 PM

Box him up with Kerry, strap them on the sharp end of an ICBM and shoot em to Iran, now. Worthless treasonous pricks.

shooter on November 2, 2006 at 9:19 PM

Less Secure? Haven’t seen too many Jihadis over here……….because of Iraq

conservativecaveman on November 2, 2006 at 9:21 PM

Link to a video which sets the record straight at a Redstate blog

http://www.redstate.com/blogs/10ksnooker/2006/nov/02/video_terrorists_are_all_about_iraq

tarpon on November 2, 2006 at 9:21 PM

Actually , they’re right. Because of Iraq! That’s why we’re there. Because of Iraq, if we leave the terrorists take over like Hizbullah in Lebanon- 1982 . Because of Iraq. Thank God we’re there to stop some of the terror from coming over here.

Good point general. Thanks Republicans and our military.

shooter on November 2, 2006 at 9:24 PM

Hmmm…so terrorism is because of Iraq. Forget we were terrorized long before Iraq in many well-documented circumstances, the argument comes down to this one, pithy little pearl of wisdom from the left. Then in the same vein of logic, we can truly state that “ignorance is because of the Democratic party”. There! Spread that little pearl too.

thedecider on November 2, 2006 at 9:26 PM

I first saw this last night.

Disgraceful.

He uses Osama in a commercial.

I wonder how that’d go over if a Republican did it?

Oh wait, I already know.

JammieWearingFool on November 2, 2006 at 9:26 PM

AP, if you’re going to post that you at least need to make sure everyone knows about Scott Ott’s rebutal ‘Because of Iraq II’. (You’re slippin’ dude. He’s had it up for hours.)

bdfaith on November 2, 2006 at 9:30 PM

God knows how the gen-rals are always right…..just ask Custer!………..

As Patton would have said ‘Clark couldn’t hit a bull in the butt with a base fiddle’

Limerick on November 2, 2006 at 9:30 PM

Scott Ott produced Because of Iraq II and it is far better.

Pam on November 2, 2006 at 9:31 PM

I can not even bring myself to watch it. I would love to meet this man in person so I can tell him what I think of him. Or maybe just address him as Lieutenant Clark instead.

Theworldisnotenough on November 2, 2006 at 9:31 PM

link here for Ott’s video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfQnJqkAydM

Pam on November 2, 2006 at 9:31 PM

I don’t know if this is gonna turn into another talking point about context vs intent ala the John Kerry controversy.

If it does, I’m sitting this one out.

There’s not enough beer or asprin that will convince me to try to wrestle with that one.

EFG on November 2, 2006 at 9:32 PM

Disgraceful?

Oh, come on now, it’s just a botched joke!

Spiny Norman on November 2, 2006 at 9:33 PM

Wesley should have been swinging a little pocketwatch in front of the camera… “Remember… It’s because of Iraq. Repeat after me…”

DaveS on November 2, 2006 at 9:43 PM

And I thought it was because of the crusades.

infidel on November 2, 2006 at 9:44 PM

Hey “Botched Waffles” , why the long face?

shooter on November 2, 2006 at 9:45 PM

It’s because of Islam.

But

where

is it? Not here for 5 years and counting.

Pablo on November 2, 2006 at 9:46 PM

The (ret) part is the best part of this commercial. It’s airing here in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill market on FoxNews’ channel on cable.

SouthernGent on November 2, 2006 at 9:47 PM

I’m gonna need therapy if I see another stupid ad like this one…it’s maddening!

ekuspa40 on November 2, 2006 at 9:52 PM

For some reason, I have a theme song going through my head where the lyrics say “Because of Iraq”, but the music is something from Avenue Q. Maybe it’s only “For Now” ?

JollyRoger on November 2, 2006 at 9:57 PM

ekuspa40

I’m gonna need therapy if I see another stupid ad like this one…it’s maddening!

It’s bad enough the conspiracy-minded might think it was produced by the RNC.

Spiny Norman on November 2, 2006 at 9:58 PM

Because of Wesley Clark, tens of thousands Serbs and Croats were killed (in a truly illegal war) that saved so many muzzie rats who’ve never belonged in the Balkans to begin with, and who are now fighting their precious little global jihad.

So thanks, douchebag.

Teddy on November 2, 2006 at 9:58 PM

Yeah, terrorism is because of Iraq! Of course!

Of course, if it weren’t because of Iraq it would be because of Danish cartoons or because of the Crusades or because of Israel

The terrorists are also emboldened, by all accounts, by America’s passivity, aggression, appeasement, and defeat.

Free Kurdistan on November 2, 2006 at 10:03 PM

Scott Ott, I salute you. Awesome.

Lots of colorful pictures, and text kept to a bare minimum.

We could all learn alot from Scott Ott.

EFG on November 2, 2006 at 10:09 PM

… or because East Timor is an independent nation or because Kashmir is not part of Pakistan or…

Free Kurdistan on November 2, 2006 at 10:16 PM

Weasely Clark’s fake scrunched-up sad face makes me want to punch it multiple times just as badly as Bill Clinton’s fake lip-biting sad face. What a dumbass ad.

ReubenJCogburn on November 2, 2006 at 10:16 PM

And, according to Kerry, you guys got stuck there because you’re stupid and uneducated!

TheBigOldDog on November 2, 2006 at 10:21 PM

So could Wesley Clark suggest a course of action that does not offend the jihadists? There simply isn’t one.

Free Kurdistan on November 2, 2006 at 10:22 PM

Is this the best the Dems have to trot out just before the elections; Wesley Clark, Barack Obama and Michael J. Fox?

Where are the big guns for the far left hiding? They are acting like the cowards they are, afraid to come out and explain why they have no plan, no ideas, only hate for Bush. Their politics are so extreme they can’t afford to put their faces in the public eye. Just disgraceful!

No guts. No character. No solutions. All the donks have to offer is a fired commander of NATO, a smiley-faced senator without any real stature or credibility and a pathetic actor promoting scientific research that he himself doesn’t understand.

Team Amerika. God help us.

fogw on November 2, 2006 at 10:29 PM

Ask Wesley Clark why he was relieved of command early at EUCOM and why his boss, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said that he didn’t believe that Clark had the character or integrity to be President.

MCPO Airdale on November 2, 2006 at 10:31 PM

Scott Ott, genius!

Clark1 on November 2, 2006 at 10:38 PM

like Bush has mentioned before, we weren’t in Iraq when they killed U.S. soldiers in ’83 / we weren’t in Iraq when terrorist bombed the U.S.S. Cole in 1998 & WE WERE NOT IN Iraq when they killed 3,000 Americans on September 11th 2001. Wesley Clark needs to STFU!

Starblazer on November 2, 2006 at 10:48 PM

i liked the part in Scott Ott’s ad where it said Osama even hated rapper Bobby Brown, that was funny.

Starblazer on November 2, 2006 at 10:51 PM

I’m just not impressed by Oxford.

Coyote D. on November 2, 2006 at 11:06 PM

Clark’s got a positively timblairian head-tilt going on there.

Jim Treacher on November 2, 2006 at 11:08 PM

Disgraceful IS the perfect word for that first video. Wes Clark should know better. Unfortunately, he has morphed from a respected military man to a Democrat politician.

asc85 on November 2, 2006 at 11:25 PM

Wow, I’d have sworn that there was terrorism before we invaded Iraq. But gosh, if Wesley Clark says so, I guess it must be true.

I don’t know how stupid they think the American public is–and yes, unfortunately that is stupid enough to vote Democrat way too often–but I think that they’ll probably still remember 9/11, and that it was definitely before we were in Iraq.

ReubenJCogburn on November 2, 2006 at 11:36 PM

Mr Clark was never a respected military man. He was a suck-ass that crawled and sucked his way to the top. The highlight of his career was blanket bombing civilians. Now he’s trying to suck his way higher.

Griz on November 2, 2006 at 11:47 PM

Starblazer, but you do know why OBL hates Bobby Brown, don’t you?
Because he’s in love with Whitney! (…who’s getting rid of BB! Could she be getting ready to offer herself to Osama for the perfect “Peace in our Time” package?)

Jen the Neocon on November 2, 2006 at 11:48 PM

2 thoughts:

1. Is the use of these soldiers not considered “politicizing” the war?

2.

Unfortunately, he has morphed from a respected military man to a Democrat politician.

-yeah, no kidding, he has never won an election.

Pants Wearer on November 3, 2006 at 12:16 AM

Where are the big guns for the far left hiding? They are acting like the cowards they are, afraid to come out and explain why they have no plan, no ideas, only hate for Bush. Their politics are so extreme they can’t afford to put their faces in the public eye. Just disgraceful!

They’re wetting their underpants for the eventuality of winning or of losing.

Good reminder fogw – out of sight: Pelosi, Reid, Emmanuel, Schumer, Mrs. Clinton, all the would-be cabinet masters – all of a sudden camera shy?

They’re shaking with every slowly-passing minute, praying for miracles and the MSM’s help to fool the public.

Heh, I have more faith in the public’s sense of security and survival. Offering nothing still adds up to nothing, even when viewed by what they perceive to be dummies.

Entelechy on November 3, 2006 at 12:33 AM

Forgot to say that I passionately resent weasels, as in Weasel Clark.

Entelechy on November 3, 2006 at 12:34 AM

We could all sit at home and write headlines for any of the liberals this weekend. I think the DNC put all of the bumper-sticker headlines (with a time and date to release) in a hat and each talking head grabbed one and is now spouting them off one at a time. They took Kerry’s away (he is to stooopid), and Pelosi wasn’t given one. And where is Jessie, I miss him. It was Wessies turn today, tomorrow it is the NYT. Clinton, than Kennedy (if he is sober), Hollywood was told to stay away (unless you have a desease). It is going to be a great weekend.

right2bright on November 3, 2006 at 12:44 AM

1) Terrorism is because of US troops in Iraq.
2) US troops are in Iraq because they are poorly educated.
3) There is an “education gap” in the US, and minorities, especially black folks, aren’t educated well.

Therefore, according to Kerry/Clark…

Black people cause terrorism.

I’m outraged.

DaveS on November 3, 2006 at 12:47 AM

Clark’s terrorism against the Christian Serbs had nothing to do with Iraq.

Perchant on November 3, 2006 at 3:19 AM

I haven’t the words to properly express the outrage that Clark’s commercial incites.

Remember the Tehran hostage crisis, 1979-1981. (Iran)

Remember the Beirut embassy bombing, April 1983. 63 dead (17 U.S.) (Iran-Hezbollah)

Remember Beirut Marines barracks, October 1983. 241 US servicemen dead. (Iran/Syria-Hezbollah)

Remember the Kuwait embassy bombing, December 1983. 5 dead (plus the truck bomber). (Iran-Hezbollah)

Remember the kidnapping of CIA station cheif William Buckley, March 1984. Died in captivity. Terry Anderson, Peter Kilburn, and Benjamin Weir among 25 other westerners kidnapped by the Iran-backed Hezbollah over an 8 year period. (Iran-Hezbollah)

Remember the Beirut embassy bombing, September 1984. 24 dead. (Iran-Hezbollah)

Remember the hijacking of Kuwait Airways flight 221, December 1984. An attempt to get the 17 Iranians convicted of the Kuwait embassy bombing released. Two dead. (Iran-Hezbollah)

Remember the hijacking of TWA flight 847 in Beirut, June 1985. Also an attempt to gain the release of the Kuwait 17. U.S.Navy Seal Robert Stethem killed, dumped from the plane onto the tarmac. (Iran-Hezbollah)

Remember the Achillie Lauro, October 1985. Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair-bound man, killed and tossed overboard. (PLO/PLF)

Remember the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, December 1988. 270 killed, including all 259 aboard the plane and 11 on the ground. (Libya)

It was an Iraqi Mirage F-1 jet that fired two Exocet missiles into the USS Stark in June of 1987. It wasn’t until President Reagan threatened Iraq with dropping our tacit support in the Iran/Iraq conflict that they issued an apology, and offered some cash to the families of those killed. The Iraqis claimed that their pilot believed the U.S. Frigate was an Iranian tanker, but it was inside of 12 miles and below 3,000 feet when it fired, and no fighter pilot’s vision is that bad. 37 US Sailors killed.

All of these events are before Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. All of them specifically targeted Americans.
But according to the man who ordered 78 days of blanket bombing in Kosovo, it’s all because we invaded Iraq.

Freelancer on November 3, 2006 at 3:20 AM

NAME THEORY
To amuse myself over the years I’ve developed this little First Name Theory. Examples: Most Bobs seem to be nice guys. Most Larrys seem to be flakes. Dicks — can be. Most Debbies — sluts (not a bad thing –just personal experience).

I’ve always wanted to test this out. This seems like the perfect place. Any verification? additions?

Oh yeah, why did I bring this up? I’m starting a Last Name Theory. All Clarks (this one and Dick the Clinton nat. security dick) really blow.

CanaryinaCoalMine on November 3, 2006 at 3:47 AM

There are actual WANTED posters with this gentleman’s picture on them IN THE PENTAGON….

That man needs to be tried for treason. And have some swift cowboy justice by dawn.

seejanemom on November 3, 2006 at 6:20 AM

Clark’s a nut, you can tell by the crazy eyes…Is he about to cry at the end?!
What a loser and a girly man!
seejanemom, go for it!

Canary, girls named Lisa (also Elizabeth or Liz) are ALWAYS trouble.
Debbies may be sluts for men, but they’re also b*tches to other women.
Men named Jim or James are usually pricks and/or alcoholics.
(I share your hobby and theories!)

Jen the Neocon on November 3, 2006 at 8:00 AM

Jen

Bite my ass and fix me a drink. NOW!

james hooker on November 3, 2006 at 8:19 AM

and a pathetic actor promoting scientific research that he himself doesn’t understand.

Sorry, fogw, you lost me there for a second…

Are you talking about Michael J. Fox, or AlGore?

;^)

db on November 3, 2006 at 8:24 AM

Do the terrorists want us out of Iraq, so we can be more secure?

JackM on November 3, 2006 at 8:37 AM

Thank you Wes for your public service annoucement of the Dem talking points. You are so credible to me that I am now going to go out a vote Democrat…..RIGHT……WRONG Mr. Shill!!!!

I do have a question for you though, was it you who presented John Kerry with his medals for his heroic 3 months service in Viet Nam?? Just thought I would ask!

Golfer_75093 on November 3, 2006 at 8:44 AM

NAME THEORY
To amuse myself over the years I’ve developed this little First Name Theory. Examples: Most Bobs seem to be nice guys. Most Larrys seem to be flakes. Dicks — can be. Most Debbies — sluts (not a bad thing –just personal experience).

I’ve always wanted to test this out. This seems like the perfect place. Any verification? additions?

With apologies to people with this name, I have found in my life that most Dan’s and Danny’s are losers. That’s the only name I’ve come across like that.

asc85 on November 3, 2006 at 8:47 AM

james hooker, Too funny! Ya see what I mean?!

Jen the Neocon on November 3, 2006 at 9:01 AM

What a piece of crap this guy is! He KNOWS DAMN WELL that Iraq is NOT the cause of terrorism, yet he looks you right in eye and tells you that it is.

If anybody knows better it would be this four star general. So, either he’s a lyin’ prick bastard or he’s so stupid that he actually believes this b.s. We have a LACK of terrorism here at home BECAUSE OF IRAQ and he knows it. Wesley, you suck.

Herels a general that libs WILL listen to, they’ll follow his every word and nod their empty heads in agreement. Pathetic.

Do good in school or get stuck in Bosnia, right General?

Tony737 on November 3, 2006 at 9:09 AM

He’s an idiot. What’s causing terrorism today is what our NEXT president will do in 2009.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 3, 2006 at 9:20 AM

Someone mix that man a Metamucil.

seejanemom on November 3, 2006 at 12:14 PM

Jen,
We’re with you on the Jims.
Do you find that Nancys are fancy?

CanaryinaCoalMine on November 3, 2006 at 1:19 PM

asc85
Check for Danny. Dans have been great.

CanaryinaCoalMine on November 3, 2006 at 1:32 PM

Mr Clark was never a respected military man. He was a suck-ass that crawled and sucked his way to the top. The highlight of his career was blanket bombing civilians. Now he’s trying to suck his way higher.

Griz on November 2, 2006 at 11:47 PM

Worth repeating. Thanks, Griz!

Connie on November 3, 2006 at 4:56 PM

Like “Hanoi John” Kerry, Wesley Clark suffers
from democrat “combat-foot-in-mouth” disease.

byteshredder on November 3, 2006 at 5:24 PM