How stupid is Wesley Clark? Update: Joe Repya responds

posted at 8:31 am on June 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

After decades in the news business, Bob Schieffer may have thought he’d heard it all — until yesterday on Face the Nation, when he interviewed Wesley Clark. Clark came as a surrogate for the Barack Obama campaign and attacked John McCain’s military service, saying that he was “untested and untried”. After Schieffer pointed out that McCain commanded the largest naval air squadron, had honorably endured over five years of torture as a POW in Vietnam, and had been on the Senate Armed Services committee since Obama was in college, Schieffer asked how Clark could claim that McCain was “untested and untried”. Clark stunned him with this answer:

Because in the matters of national security policy making, it’s a matter of understanding risk, it’s a matter of gauging your opponents and it’s a matter of being held accountable. John McCain’s never done any of that in his official positions. I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands of millions of others in the armed forces as a prisoner of war. He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee and he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn’t held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded wasn’t a wartime squadron. He hasn’t been there and ordered the bombs to fall. He hasn’t seen what it’s like when diplomats come in and say, `I don’t know whether we’re going to be able to get this point through or not. Do you want to take the risk? What about your reputation? How do we handle it publicly?

At which point, Schieffer — after a stunned moment — pointed this out to Clark:

SCHIEFFER: I have to say, Barack Obama has not had any of those experiences either, nor has he ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down. I mean…

Let’s point out a few things about Barack Obama:

  •  In “the matter of national security policy making.” Barack Obama hasn’t ever done anything.
  • In the matter of gauging your “opponents”, Obama wants to meet with them without preconditions despite having no national-security, military, or diplomatic experience.
  • Barack Obama hasn’t been on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
  • Barack Obama hasn’t had any executive experience.
  • Barack Obama hasn’t commanded anything, in wartime or not.
  • Barack Obama hasn’t dealt with diplomats in any capacity at all.
  • Barack Obama hasn’t ordered the bombs to fall, although to be fair, he has associated himself with someone who has — William Ayers.

Not only can every argument Clark made get applied more to Obama than to McCain, he has now made it clear that the Obama strategy is to demean and belittle McCain’s military service — and by extension, military service in general.  This will undoubtedly play very well among Obama’s nutcase fringe supporters as well as idiotic fired commanders of NATO, but that’s a mighty thin list of voters.  The rest of the nation will hear these attacks and stand aghast at the dishonorable and outrageously stupid disparagement of a lifetime of service to this nation and understand with crystal clarity the radical nature of Barack Obama and his team.

Nor is this the first such attack on McCain’s service.  Democrats have belittled it on several occasions now.  In May, it was Bill Gillespie, another Obama backer in Georgia and a candidate for the House.  In the same month, Senator Tom Harkin questioned McCain’s mental state for having willingly served in the military.  In April, Jay Rockefeller accused McCain of being more or less a coward for being a military pilot, and again in May the New York Times quoted unnamed Senate colleagues of McCain suggesting that he didn’t understand the Vietnam War because he didn’t fight on the ground and spent most of it lounging around Hanoi in a POW camp.

John McCain put his life on the line for his country.  Barack Obama has not.  While I have never thought that military service was a prerequisite to public office, it certainly gives one a lot more experience and is an asset for the presidency.  And as a bottom line, a candidate whose campaign denigrates military service shows himself as unfit for the role of Commander in Chief.

Wes Clark has done Barack Obama no favors, and as the record shows, it’s not just Wes Clark.  The Democrats plan on attacking the military throughout this campaign.  Obama cannot expect anyone to buy his claims of “a new kind of politics”, unless Obama means that he plans to plumb new lows in class and intelligence in 2008.

Update: The legendary Lt. Col. Joe Repya (ret.) of the 101st Airborne — a man I’m proud to have as a friend — responds in his new Eagle’s Nest blog:

Barack Obama and the National Democratic Party should immediately denounce and dismiss General Clark from any future campaigning in this election year, but he and the Democrats will not! As Ed Morrissey points out, this is a planned attack on John McCain’s character.

The Obama Campaign, using their surrogates, have attacked McCain’s age, mental state, bravery and honesty. Is this the “change” that everyone wants in Washington? A ambitious young politician bent on personal destruction of an opponents record and accomplishments? How dare Obama and his minions attack the military record of John McCain. Where and when did Obama serve? What sacrifice has he or his family made on the battlefield? ….

Listen people, I have met General Wes Clark and I can tell you he is no General David Petraeus, anymore then Barack Obama is the quality of John McCain!

Col. Repya is not one to mince words.  Expect to hear more about this from Joe, and keep an eye on his new blog as he gets settled into the (obsessive) routine of blogging.  (And yes, I warned him about the obsession ….)


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Second look at Hillary!

Remember that Wes Clark was a Clinton acolyte. Could he be trying to sabotage the Messiah?

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Maybe Clark is on Obama’s VP list, since he presumably brings the experience Obama lacks. And is a good-looking (if you like the type) white guy who’s not too old. And who probably owns a gun.

BigD on June 30, 2008 at 8:38 AM

I knew he had to be an idiot when Madonna endorsed him in the previous election. Usually you want to point out inexperience in one person that highlights the experience of the person you are backing. This just showed how underqualified Obama really is.

Reaganite84 on June 30, 2008 at 8:38 AM

C’mon, let’s not be so rough on Obama. He has organized a community, after all. Granted, that community now has record murder rates, but let’s not quibble about the results.

He cares, and isn’t that all that matters?

JammieWearingFool on June 30, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Maybe he should put on thawt sweater again and blame the Jewish Lobby for the Spanish-American War.

What a useless Lifer twat.

TexasJew on June 30, 2008 at 8:40 AM

I love it when folks like Wes Clark go on TV and show their insanity.

How idiotic is Clark? If the GOP had filmed an advertisement using that interview, the left would be accusing us of “swift-boating” Clark.

BacaDog on June 30, 2008 at 8:40 AM

Remember that Wes Clark was a Clinton acolyte. Could he be trying to sabotage the Messiah?

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Truly, I don’t think he’s that smart. This is his sense of how to support Obama–jaw-dropping.

Clark and McPeak are two of the strangest birds I’ve ever seen.

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2008 at 8:40 AM


Am I the only one who has a problem with a General named
: WESLEY?

jake-the-goose on June 30, 2008 at 8:42 AM

So,it looks like early kiss !ss suckup season,
for a possible position in Obama administration,
while Wesley Clark convienently throw’s McCain
under the bus!

canopfor on June 30, 2008 at 8:42 AM

Are we sure Clark wasnt actually in the Air Force?

Him and McPeak are all snuggled up together in Stupidland.

Squid Shark on June 30, 2008 at 8:43 AM

How stupid is Wesley Clark?

That is a rhetorical question; isn’t it?

Alamo on June 30, 2008 at 8:43 AM

What a friggin’ tool.

robblefarian on June 30, 2008 at 8:44 AM

This just proves how moronic the liberals are. For a man that had such great studies and years in service, you would think he acknowledge that in foreign policy and the military.

The greatest power of the presidency is the power to persuade.

Obama’s hypnotic powers amongst the drones. He’s not fooling many. To say that Obama is not putting forth national security credential speaks volumes. But will that resonate with those who fall prey to what Clark calls the “power to persuade?”

jencab on June 30, 2008 at 8:44 AM

WOwwwww!

You can throw this idjit under the bus – thats FO SHO!

lmao

iam7545 on June 30, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Clark under the bus in 5..4..3..2..

Wethal on June 30, 2008 at 8:48 AM

I’m confused. I thought wartime military service was a prerequisite for the presidency.

At least, that’s what the Democrats told me in 2004.

aunursa on June 30, 2008 at 8:49 AM

If Barack Obama is actually running on “the strength of his character,” that’s pretty much conclusive proof that he has nothing to offer…

morganfrost on June 30, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Are we sure Clark wasnt actually in the Air Force?

Him and McPeak are all snuggled up together in Stupidland.

Squid Shark on June 30, 2008 at 8:43 AM

I hoping you didn’t intend to insult the rest of us who were or are in the Air Force.

shick on June 30, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Correction: I am hoping

shick on June 30, 2008 at 8:50 AM

The only thing the next president needs to understand to be a good commander in chief is that he is simply a puppet of Israel, and that “the role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel.” If the president understands that, all will be fine.

dave742 on June 30, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Anybody catch that double Fruedian slip in the beginning?

Scheiffer: “….Joe Liberman said ‘Barack Obama is simply more ready than, uh, Barack Obama to be President”

Wesley: “I think Joe Liberman has it exactly backwards…”

aquaviva on June 30, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Stunning. Simply stunning.

Corky on June 30, 2008 at 8:54 AM

Great editorial by K-Lo up now at NRO.

General Recklessness

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Wesley Clark has hit a trifecta!

Stupid

Stupider

Stupidist!haha:)

canopfor on June 30, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Pent-ultimately stupid.

Quintessentially stupid.

Too stupid by half.

The square root of stupid.

Your choice! Indeed, a short-list candidate – now under the bus – for BHO’s VP or cabinet.

singlemalt_18 on June 30, 2008 at 8:57 AM

I can just picture Osama-bama and his posse snickering as this dang fool white boy goes out and throws HIMSELF under the bus on Hussein’s behalf.

Alden Pyle on June 30, 2008 at 8:57 AM

Schieffer: “Barack Obama is simply more ready to be president than, uh, Barack Obama.”

eh? Anyone else catch that in the beginning? He didn’t even correct himself.

BJ on June 30, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Yep, the only thing that could be better if Super Tool McPeak had been there to echo Clark’s comments. For those that don’t know the Great Tony McPeak, ask any Air Force person who was around during his Manly Man T-Shirt reign as the AF Chief of Staff.

Dingbat63 on June 30, 2008 at 9:00 AM

The only thing the next president needs to understand to be a good commander in chief is that he is simply a puppet of Israel, and that “the role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel.” If the president understands that, all will be fine.

dave742 on June 30, 2008 at 8:51 AM

You disingenuous cretin. By your own link it is shown that Ann Lewis said those words regarding who the next Israeli leader should be, and that it was not the job of the President to influence Israeli elections.

Obama’s assertion that he needn’t have a “Likud view” — that of Israel’s right-wing party — to be pro-Israel. Kurtzer explained that Obama wanted to see a “plurality of views.” Silence in the room.

To that, Lewis retorted: “The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties.” The audience members applauded.

It had nothing to do with our foreign policy.

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Biblically stupid

Immeasurable stupidity

Vast and profound ignorance and hypocrisy

How he can trash Maverick and not apply any of his standards to BO is breathtaking.

David in ATL on June 30, 2008 at 9:02 AM

How stupid is Wesley Clark?

Very. Think he did too many “about faces” in the military.

Wade on June 30, 2008 at 9:03 AM

One who has been relieved of his command for issues of “judgment and character” should not be on TV analyzing the respective qualifications of local animal control officers, let alone those running for POTUS.

MCPO Airdale on June 30, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Clark sure knows how to order the bombs to fall even if they haven’t been properly targeted. Bombs away is all that is important. Subsidiary second order affects like military incidents with injury and major loss of intelligence secrets to China are inconsequential in the big picture.

burt on June 30, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Sounds to me like Clark is claiming that he is the only American with the “experience” to be President. After all, he was NATO Supreme Commander during Clinton’s 27-day high altitude bombing campaign over Kosovo. Clark was fired from his job (actually didn’t get the optional third year) because he set himself up as a quasi-diplomat working outside the administration on foreign relations matters. He is the most dangerous kind of fool in politics.

highhopes on June 30, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Barack Obama hasn’t ordered the bombs to fall, although to be fair, he has associated himself with someone who has — William Ayers.

Ed — BRILLIANT! May I use that??? LOL

D2Boston on June 30, 2008 at 9:11 AM

aquaviva on June 30, 2008 at 8:52 AM

yeah.

Wesley Clark made a fool of himself once again.

surrounded on June 30, 2008 at 9:11 AM

SCHIEFFER: I have to say, Barack Obama has not had any of those experiences either, nor has he ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down. I mean…

This just in:
CBS News has decided to let go of Bob Schieffer after 39 years of service. This is being done to send a message to other CBS News journalists; don’t question the greatness of Him, for He is the savior.

malan89 on June 30, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Would this be the same Wesley Clark, who in collusion with the Clinton administration, violated the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by using the U.S. Army, based at Fort Hood, TX, to attack the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX? Why is this man not in jail?

Special K on June 30, 2008 at 9:14 AM

“In the matters of national security policy making”
From the Senate, actually as far as is possible, McCain has been up front and personal with his attempts to influence our President’s policy making, and makes no flip/flops on his position with the War in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the war on terror.

Wesley Clark has nothing legitimate to say of what a navy pilot knows or does not know unless Wesley Clark was a navy pilot. Clark lacks the experience of having DROPPED the bombs, having remained totally insulated at headquarters while ordering American forces repainted as UN to bomb and descimate Bosnian Christians. It is obviously Clark who lacks “sensitivity” with his treasonous POLITICAL/military efforts to overturn America’s security interests at home and abroad in favor of economical/political globalist conspirators.

Leave it to Clark to drive thoughtful Americans towards McCain and the dope hope believers away.

And for those morons who would say that defending McCain herein entails complete endorsement of his values, get a grip on your own anger issues. Don’t tread on me.

maverick muse on June 30, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Jiangxidad:

By your own link it is shown that Ann Lewis said those words

Did I say it was someone else?

It had nothing to do with our foreign policy.

When your job is to “support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel,” I don’t see why that does not include foreign policy issues.
We have a puppet government, and more and more people are starting to realize it. When people start to realize that our citizens are dying so that Israel can expand their borders, they are not going to be happy.
I don’t think I’ve been called a cretin yet. Awesome.

dave742 on June 30, 2008 at 9:15 AM

I’m not Maverick’s biggest booster either, in fact sometimes I get real good cases of McCain regret myself. But everyone, and I do mean everyone who rants and roves and pounds their highchair about how there’s no difference between the Maverick and Barry needs to just remember the words of General Wesley right here:

“We need to rely on all the other tools…”

Well, you’re looking at one right there. A president’s only one guy, people. Just imagine the tools in Barry’s box.

This particular tool could wind up as Secretary of Defense.

Typhoon on June 30, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Excellent takedown, Ed. It’s especially satisfying to see a pointed summary of the difference Obama’s theoretical hope, change and unity message and the practical ad hominem application of it with his opponent.

Just another distracting flip-flop, I know, but then it’s Obama that’s acting more like an Olympic gymnast than the presidential candidate he’s selling to us.

Dusty on June 30, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Obama is starting to physically make me sick.

Low-rent shinola salesman.

spmat on June 30, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Has anyone here read “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell?” In the book, there’s an evil fairy known only as “the gentleman with thistle-down hair.” Based on the illustrations, I’m pretty sure the gentleman with thistle-down hair and Wesley Clark are the same person.

Yossarian on June 30, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Beginning with a White House fellowship, Clark coasted through his Army career as a little prima donna. As an Oxford contemporary of Clinton’s he was exactly what the Clinton administration wanted to represent the military and carry out their destructive policies. His political hopes are bound to the Clintons and he’d do anything to destroy Obama and rebuild Hillary. In the common vernacular, the man is an absolute self-serving jackass.

rplat on June 30, 2008 at 9:22 AM

SCHIEFFER: I have to say, Barack Obama has not had any of those experiences either, nor has he ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down. I mean…
This just in:
CBS News has decided to let go of Bob Schieffer after 39 years of service. This is being done to send a message to other CBS News journalists; don’t question the greatness of Him, for He is the savior.

malan89 on June 30, 2008 at 9:14 AM

I always thought Schieffer just another liberal MSM cheerleader (his idea of a tough question to Kerry in the 2004 debates was “isn’t it time for a raise in the minimum wage?”), but this time Schieffer was acting like a journalist should. Get rid of Katie on the evening news and bring back Schieffer.

Wethal on June 30, 2008 at 9:22 AM

What a moron…they both are.

becki51758 on June 30, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Remember that Wes Clark was a Clinton acolyte. Could he be trying to sabotage the Messiah?

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Clark, the abuser, knows how to latch onto power. As a military man, he’d also have studied coups. But his ego is too large for his brain to function rationally. Remember when Reagan was shot and his military Sec./State in cabinet immediately gave his own press conference telling the reporters that he was next in line to become the POTUS? Secretary of State Alexander Haig.

maverick muse on June 30, 2008 at 9:26 AM

How can you help it, when the music starts to play
And your ability to reason, is swept away
Oh, heaven on earth is all you see, youre out of touch with reality
And now you cry, but when you do, next time around someone cries for you

Hey, everybody plays the fool, sometime
Use your heart just like a tool, listen baby
They never tell you so in school, I wanna say it again,
Everybody plays the fool

Everybody plays the fool, sometime
Theres no exception to the rule, listen baby
It may be factual, it may be cruel, I aint lying
Everybody plays the fool

Shy Guy on June 30, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Wesley Clark belongs in Hollywood, Not in serious political discussions.

bridgetown on June 30, 2008 at 9:28 AM

our citizens are dying so that Israel can expand their borders–Dave742

Rubbish. Israel has been forfeiting occupied territories won in battle. It is not as though Israel is any more perfect than the USA or any other nation, nor are they any worse than we or any other nation.

maverick muse on June 30, 2008 at 9:29 AM

We have a puppet government, and more and more people are starting to realize it. When people start to realize that our citizens are dying so that Israel can expand their borders, they are not going to be happy.
I don’t think I’ve been called a cretin yet. Awesome.

dave742 on June 30, 2008 at 9:15 AM

You lying witless scumbag. You can have any fucking opinion about Israel or the US that you want. But be man enough to use your own fucking words, and not present the quotes of other people to either discredit them or to hide behind.

You’re not an ass merely because of your politics.

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Wesley Clark fired by the miserable failure of a Clintoon administration and hired by Hussein Obama?

Soon Obammy’s going to need that whole fleet of busses that sat idle in New Orleans to throw his buddies, family members, supporters and principle beliefs under.

WOW! Ignorance and arrogance do not qualify one for POTUS!
Neither Clarke nor Obammy.

dhunter on June 30, 2008 at 9:34 AM

“How stupid is Wesley Clark?”

Apparently so stupid he can claim with a straight face that Obambi’s lack of experience makes him for fit to serve as Commander-in-Chief than John McCain’s extensive resume, in and out of wartime.

Clark always struck me a a lightweight and a fool, but this appearance really takes the cake.

“And Grandpa said, ‘Never call a man a fool; fools always speak for themselves.’” (John Lincoln Wright, “Grandpa’s Words”).

He sure spoke for himself here.

Let’s hope Obambi picks Clark for his running mate. Hard to run with both feet in your mouth.

MrLynn on June 30, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Clark under the bus in 5..4..3..2..

Wethal on June 30, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Let for a statement from the Obamessiah this afternoon. “That’s not the Wes Clark I knew.”

Counting chickens before they hatch? and come home….to ROOST?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on June 30, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Wesley Lefty Clark:

Author of the new “Fire, Aim, Ready” strategy.

(What could possibly go wrong go wrong go wrong?)

landlines on June 30, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Correction:

Apparently so stupid he can claim with a straight face that Obambi’s lack of experience makes him more fit to serve as Commander-in-Chief than John McCain’s extensive resume, in and out of wartime.

MrLynn on June 30, 2008 at 9:40 AM

General Clark has previously calculated risk and concluded that a surprise attack on Russian installations in the Balkans would be a good strategy.

Clenis needs to reload the tranquilizer gun.

gabriel sutherland on June 30, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Let’s not pay any attention to Davenumbers. I believe he is the Dave who haunted Captain’s Quarters. Dave is a neo-Nazi.

jerryofva on June 30, 2008 at 9:41 AM

THANK YOU WESLEY CLARK for helping to get John McCain elected….

Do I hear a BUS coming?

originalpechanga on June 30, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Get back on your meds, Wussley.

whitetop on June 30, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Clark always struck me a a lightweight and a fool, but this appearance really takes the cake.

MrLynn on June 30, 2008 at 9:39 AM

In order to deflect from her stupidity, Madeline Albright used to wear these enormous pins on her ample bosom. It was hard to listen to her while staring at the dioramas on her chest.

Clark ought to get a cap or something.

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2008 at 9:43 AM

our citizens are dying so that Israel can expand their borders–Dave742

You said you hadn’t been called a cretin . . . well you have now; you’re a cretin.
Now, trot your troll butt over to Kos where you belong.

rplat on June 30, 2008 at 9:44 AM

I found General Clark a new hat.

gabriel sutherland on June 30, 2008 at 9:44 AM

shick on June 30, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Maybe a little

Squid Shark on June 30, 2008 at 9:45 AM

The Wesley Clark quote right after the one Ed posted is what got me the most.

GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: But Barack is not, he is not running on the fact that he has made these national security pronouncements. He’s running on his other strengths. He’s running on the strengths of character, on the strengths of his communication skills, on the strengths of his judgment. And those are qualities that we seek in our national leadership.

Just let those sink in for a moment if you will.

WTF? Communication skills?

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 9:46 AM

gabriel sutherland on June 30, 2008 at 9:44 AM

A propeller beanie. How great. LOL

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2008 at 9:47 AM

A great man once said, “it is better to be thought a fool, than to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt”… I believe CLARK was on his mind at the time..

pueblo1032 on June 30, 2008 at 9:49 AM

How far will one bendover to be a DNC VP?
(see also Wes Clark)

scottm on June 30, 2008 at 9:49 AM

The only thing Barack has is a J-O-B for Wesly Clark.

Bicyea on June 30, 2008 at 9:50 AM

How stupid were the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth…?

“…Swift boat veterans — especially those who had nothing to do with the group that attacked Senator John Kerry’s military record in the 2004 election — want their good name back, and the good names of the men not lucky enough to come home alive….”

J_Gocht on June 30, 2008 at 9:50 AM

MY BAAADDDD: ” it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then to open ones mouth and remove all doubt”…

Remember PREVIEW PREVIEW PREVIEW

pueblo1032 on June 30, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Just let those sink in for a moment if you will. WTF? Communication skills carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Dude! You left out the fact that he was a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER!

Mojave Mark on June 30, 2008 at 9:51 AM

highhopes on June 30, 2008 at 9:09 AM

I wondered who would be able to remember that this moron was fired from the top position in NATO. I was in the Air Force when a famous general in the Air Force, with the nickname of ‘Sundown’, had the job of making strategic personnel changes. If he landed on your base someone was going to be fired and off the base before sundown. Too bad he wasn’t around to fire this moron.

belad on June 30, 2008 at 9:52 AM

From the Senate, actually as far as is possible, McCain has been up front and personal with his attempts to influence our President’s policy making, and makes no flip/flops on his position with the War in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the war on terror.

Up front and personal? What a polite way to say that McCain has spent the last eight years throwing a temper tantrum and working against the GOP as far as he could go without being completely booted out of the party.

Clark’s statement is idiotic but lets not dismiss the fact that McCain spent a great deal of time trying to get Rumsfeld fired over procurement contracts and it became so personal that it was clear that McCain was running a vendetta against the administration. That isn’t presidential either and I don’t want a spoiled brat like McCain in office any more than I want an inexperienced fool like Obama.

highhopes on June 30, 2008 at 9:53 AM

All you need to know about clark’s qualifications can be summed up in 3 words: “Task Force Hawk.”

What a total cluster f*ck that was.

rbb on June 30, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Mojave Mark on June 30, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Wes Clark left that out!
But seriously, Teleprompter Skillz are important in becoming a national leader.

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Firstly:

a) Clark was FIRED by former SecDef Cohen for violating the chain of command; he was PNG in DOD as a result, and was forced to retire early! FACT

b) as soon as he came out, and claimed he was a “Democrat”, he immediately transferred over into the “Traitor” column

c) he has demonstrated over the past 4 years, that he is an Anti-American/Pro-Jihadi Leftist Traitor Democratic Nutbag (TM); though most of those adjectives are oxymorons!

Dale in Atlanta on June 30, 2008 at 9:55 AM

How stupid were the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth…?

“…Swift boat veterans — especially those who had nothing to do with the group that attacked Senator John Kerry’s military record in the 2004 election — want their good name back, and the good names of the men not lucky enough to come home alive….”

J_Gocht on June 30, 2008 at 9:50 AM

What makes character attacks stick, and believable, is a demonstrated history of a lack of character.

Even if we accept your fantasy that the Swift boat veterans fabricated their charges against Kerry, why were so many willing to believe Kerry capable of the deed.

Clarke isn’t a fool for what he says here. He’s a fool for what he says everywhere and always. His history condemns him to ridicule now.

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Ollie North said it well: Wesley’s comments were small and petty, much like the man himself.

Weaselly, having been relieved of his last job three months early (fired), now grovels for a job on the Obama administration. Contemptible.

petefrt on June 30, 2008 at 9:57 AM

We shouldn’t be surprised that Wesley Clark made a complete fool of himslef trying to suck up to Obama — he got his last two promotions in the Army by firmly planting his nose in Billy Jeff’s butt.

glockman on June 30, 2008 at 9:58 AM

The only man more universally despised at the Pentagon than Wesley Clark is Osama Bin Laden. It’s absolutely amazing that no one he worked with during his tenure has a kind word for him.

Mike Honcho on June 30, 2008 at 10:00 AM

“McCain’s background doesn’t qualify him to be president.”

“Barack Obama has proven judgement.”

I saw military officers with better instincts on “F Troop”.

fogw on June 30, 2008 at 10:01 AM

I saw military officers with better instincts on “F Troop”.

fogw on June 30, 2008 at 10:01 AM

LOL. Thanks for the memories.

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Up front and personal? What a polite way to say that McCain has spent the last eight years throwing a temper tantrum and working against the GOP as far as he could go without being completely booted out of the party.

Clark’s statement is idiotic but lets not dismiss the fact that McCain spent a great deal of time trying to get Rumsfeld fired over procurement contracts and it became so personal that it was clear that McCain was running a vendetta against the administration. That isn’t presidential either and I don’t want a spoiled brat like McCain in office any more than I want an inexperienced fool like Obama.

highhopes on June 30, 2008 at 9:53 AM

The voters gave the GOP a majority in both houses of congress and the presidency and they blew it big time. somebody needed to “work against” the GOP because they were tromping all over their private parts. McCain might not have every attribute a hard-core conservative might want but he’s the best hope for the time. You can either fight the battle with the weapons you have or you can run away and pout . . . the choice is yours.

rplat on June 30, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Commander Communist…. This guy is an ideologue of the worst kind. He hates his country. He is a shill for Marxists like Obama. He should move to Cuba, as that’s where this communist POS belongs…..I have no love for an anti-American like this scum bag…He should go on “Meltdown with Keith Olbergoebels” and stay there with the other 5 morons BathTub Boy has on as experts…Man, this country is really going to hell…………

adamsmith on June 30, 2008 at 10:03 AM

What a Deutch bag… How can he stand there and say these things without blushing?

AlexB on June 30, 2008 at 10:04 AM

The only man more universally despised at the Pentagon than Wesley Clark is Osama Bin Laden. It’s absolutely amazing that no one he worked with during his tenure has a kind word for him.

Mike Honcho on June 30, 2008 at 10:00 AM

I think among the Air Force, Gen McPeak is more despised…

rbb on June 30, 2008 at 10:05 AM

“riding” in a fighter plane… how about “driving” a fighter…

maybe Wes knows something we don’t … seems like HE’S running for prez against JM (becasue of course HE’S had exec command experience bla bla bla) …. whitey tape?

max1 on June 30, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Imagine the following uber-democrat strategy session.

What do they have? A war hero.

What do we have? A community organizer.

Holy crap, dust off the Wesley Clark blow up doll!

jeff_from_mpls on June 30, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Hey Barack Obama sat in front of a raving lunatic on Sunday mornings for 20 years and not only didn’t fold under pressure, he didn’t react — or in some cases even hear — the craziest things the man said. And then without batting an eyelash, he calmly threw him under the bus when the time was right. How’s that for coolness under fire?

jon1979 on June 30, 2008 at 10:09 AM

WTF? Communication skills?

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 9:46 AM

“Good communication skills” are part of the job description for every entry-level office job.

Come to think of it, I think the Presidency is the first real job that Obambi has ever applied for. . .

MrLynn on June 30, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Wuss Clark – handsomely compensated liar for the gelded transgender she-male politicians in the absolutely worthless Democrat Party.

The toughest combat Wuss ever experienced, was while elbowing out his peers, kicking his subordinates and shooting himself in the foot.

I could make a better man out of a banana.

NoDonkey on June 30, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Clark reminds me a little of Jimmah Carter. Both are a couple of narcissists who can’t accept that they were dismissed and the country has no further need of their “talents.” In revenge, they attempt to insert themselves into public life as much as possible, no matter how unnecessary or even harmful.

Wethal on June 30, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Wesley Clark is a fool and is a disgrace. I cannot believe someone like him, a decorated general, could make such a foul, disparaging remark about not just a Viet Nam veteran, but a former POW. When I was in the military, I had the opportunity to read the then classified documents of what the POWs in captivity had to go through. They literally endured living hell at the hands of the Viet Cong, both physically and mentally. Clark knows exactly what those men went through and his comments on Sunday amounts to a spit in the face of every single POW who walked that crust of hell and lived to tell about it.

Wesley Clark is now nothing more than an idiot desperately seeking a village. He should be ignored by every single media service. He has absolutely nothing constructive to say, much less contribute to society.

pilamaye on June 30, 2008 at 10:14 AM

In order to deflect from her stupidity, Madeline Albright used to wear these enormous pins on her ample bosom. It was hard to listen to her while staring at the dioramas on her chest.

Clark ought to get a cap or something.

Than you JiangxiDad. Best on the web today.

burt on June 30, 2008 at 10:15 AM

That’s just incomprehensible.

I don’t know how anyone can sit there and utter such stupidity.

drjohn on June 30, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Laura Ingraham just said that crack was so patently unwise that it will cost Weaselly his shot at the VP slot. Hope she’s right. He is a disgrace to us all.

petefrt on June 30, 2008 at 10:19 AM

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