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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Sounds like Michelle wants a world tour in case this whole presidency thing doesn’t work out………

ctmom on June 30, 2008 at 10:20 AM

The Dems are very seriously playing with fire regarding these disgusting attacks on McCain’s service. I hope Clark’s comments get plenty of coverage and raise a few eyebrows.

davenp35 on June 30, 2008 at 10:21 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

No

Ernest on June 30, 2008 at 10:23 AM

How the hell did this guy ever become a Captain, let alone a general?

drjohn on June 30, 2008 at 10:23 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

A pity, actually, because Clark and Obama would have made such a perfect team (for us) of candidates unqualified for high office.

Wethal on June 30, 2008 at 10:27 AM

I couldn’t believe this when I saw it — this is too much. But like Ed says, it won’t get them anywhere…it will lead them to defeat in Nov.

Keep talking Dems.

Richard Romano on June 30, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Dude.. I have good character, good communication skills and excellent judgment. Can I run for President?

McCain should pound Obama on his lack of experience again and again.. we can’t afford light weights like him to ever get close to an important position like that.

Clark is a wuss.

justinok on June 30, 2008 at 10:30 AM

I think the Obama campaign is deliberately baiting McCain trying to goad him into some explosive rant that will be his “Howard Dean moment.” It’s the only explanation I can come up with for Clark’s attack as well as Obama declaring that McCain had abandoned immigration reform. They are hitting McCain where he lives to try to provoke a “crazy McCain” response.

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 10:31 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

.
Are you sure dave666 is not from Daily Kos?
They often sound like neo-Nazis.

Right_of_Attila on June 30, 2008 at 10:33 AM

I hope Wesley Clark and others like him keep helping Obama as much as they can. I hope they speak up every chance they get. With help like that McCain will carry 48 States.

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2008 at 10:34 AM

I couldn’t believe this when I saw it — this is too much. But like Ed says, it won’t get them anywhere…it will lead them to defeat in Nov. Keep talking Dems.
Richard Romano on June 30, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Agreed. The longer they talk, and get away from the staged speeches, the more likely they’ll say something that is really on their minds.

wise_man on June 30, 2008 at 10:35 AM

rplat on June 30, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Not to get off topic here, McCain’s shenanigan’s against the administration had nothing to do with the GOP ‘stepping on their private parts.’ McCain wasn’t working against the GOP to help its constituency, he was working against them because, well, he was a giant festering a**hole. Call it vendetta, call it sucking up to the media and living up to that STUPID ‘maverick’ nickname. The base, at least the conservatives, were getting angry at Congress because they were starting to echo the criticisms of the Dems and not supporting the war; there was the usual scandal and screwing around; and the only people that seemed to be fighting the Dems were the pundits; you couldn’t find a GOP politician fighting back to save your life. McCain was part of the problem, not the solution. During the primaries, Santorum had a whole list of issues, some minor ones that I hadn’t heard of, that McCain screwed the party on. Support McCain as you like, but let’s not do the historical revisionism thing.

As to Clark, I’m hoping he’s Obama’s choice as Veep. If McCain chooses Huckabee, or Obama chooses Clark, we’re guaranteed 4 years of classic entertainment no matter who wins. Neither one of those idiots knows when to shut their stinking piehole.

austinnelly on June 30, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Clark is stupid and has a very short memory.

From October 2006,

I live by a simple rule. If you wore the uniform, if you served your nation with honor, and especially if you fought and were wounded in battle, then you have earned the right to be treated with respect.”

“That’s why I am so outraged that the Republican party has systematically attacked the wartime service and patriotism of veterans who are running for office as Democrats. It is despicable — the sign of a party more concerned about hanging onto power by any means possible than with giving veterans the respect they have earned.”

LewWaters on June 30, 2008 at 10:36 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

And now my day is almost complete with Laura back on the air.

However, those who pray, please pray for radio talk show host and Fox news consultant Mike Gallagher and his family. His wife, Denise Gallagher would have turned 52 years old today had she not passed away yesterday morning after a year long battle with cancer.

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 10:37 AM

How did this idiot ever get promoted to General? Did he get promoted to his level of incompetence? He once wanted to attack Russian soldiers temporarily holding an airport in Kosovo, until he was (fortunately) overruled by a British general who didn’t want to start World War III.

We need to keep Obama out of the White House, or this clown will be in charge of strategery to invade Pakistan.

Ready. Aim at Foot. Fire!

Steve Z on June 30, 2008 at 10:37 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

I miss CaptainsQuarters. But it has been seamlessly grafted into HotAir, IMHO.

platypus on June 30, 2008 at 10:39 AM

John McCain put his life on the line for his country. Barack Obama has not.

That’s an outright lie Ed! Michelle told us that, as a Black Man, Barack risks being shot every time he gets gas. Stop spreading your wingnut propaganda! /sarc

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2008 at 10:45 AM

I hope Wesley Clark and others like him keep helping Obama as much as they can. I hope they speak up every chance they get. With help like that McCain will carry 48 States.

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Surely, you meant 57.

HGFinley on June 30, 2008 at 10:45 AM

How the hell did this guy ever become a Captain, let alone a general?

drjohn on June 30, 2008 at 10:23 AM

There’s always a McClellan.

Blacklake on June 30, 2008 at 10:48 AM

What do you expect from a man who fought and ‘won’ a civil war in a foreign country? In fact he fought for the wrong side in that foreign country.

ThackerAgency on June 30, 2008 at 10:49 AM

There’s always a McClellan.

Blacklake on June 30, 2008 at 10:48 AM

I almost posted the same thing earlier.
History is full if bad Generals.

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 10:51 AM

What a disgrace to anyone who has every worn the uniform!!

“hundreds of thousands of millions”

What the hell kind of number is that??..isn’t that the way a 3 year old talks??

galtg on June 30, 2008 at 10:52 AM

How the hell did this guy ever become a Captain, let alone a general?

drjohn on June 30, 2008 at 10:23 AM

There’s always a McClellan.

Blacklake on June 30, 2008 at 10:48 AM

McClellan actually was a great organizer – the greatest in American military history. Wesley Clark is more of an Ambrose Burnside.

Hilts on June 30, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Surely, you meant 57.

HGFinley on June 30, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Ha!
Obama is going to be doing some international traveling to garner some “experience”; perhaps he should learn more about America. Learning the number of states would be a great start.

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 10:53 AM

McClellan actually was a great organizer – the greatest in American military history. Wesley Clark is more of an Ambrose Burnside.

Hilts on June 30, 2008 at 10:52 AM

True, McClellan assembled the great Army of the Potomac. His paranoia and quasi-cowardice, however, kept him from using it.

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Clarke removes all doubt of the total incompetence that sometimes is allowed to permeate the highest ranks of our military. Those who have served have witnessed first hand the this incompetence that is a part of the military system. Although this sounds like military bashing,it is not. It demonstrates the the MAJORITY of military personnel are competent and hardworking, but ass kissing punks like Clarke still rise in the ranks and taint the image of the military with their secular views.

volsense on June 30, 2008 at 10:58 AM

What can you expect from a political general?

fleiter on June 30, 2008 at 10:58 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

Michael Moore also endorsed him.

Hilts on June 30, 2008 at 11:06 AM

McClellan actually was a great organizer – the greatest in American military history. Wesley Clark is more of an Ambrose Burnside.

Hilts on June 30, 2008 at 10:52 AM

How dare you besmirch the reputation of fellow New Englander General Ambrose Burnside! Without him, what would you call your sideburns? What similar accomplishment can Clark claim? Unless we start calling making an idiotic, self-defeating argument, “a Clark,” you owe Ambrose an apology!

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2008 at 11:08 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…”

Clark: “Yes, Bob, but…Obama is black.”

Bishop on June 30, 2008 at 11:11 AM

True, McClellan assembled the great Army of the Potomac. His paranoia and quasi-cowardice, however, kept him from using it.

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Braxton Bragg of the Confederacy was also a great organizer but a lousy field commander. Grant said that had McClellan been allowed to rise in the ranks – brigade, division, corps, then army command – he probably would have been far better off and more succcessful.
As for Burnside – he was a genial man but as Lincoln said after the battle of the Crater – “Only Burnside could pull one last spectacular defeat from the jaws of victory.”

Hilts on June 30, 2008 at 11:12 AM

How dare you besmirch the reputation of fellow New Englander General Ambrose Burnside! Without him, what would you call your sideburns? What similar accomplishment can Clark claim? Unless we start calling making an idiotic, self-defeating argument, “a Clark,” you owe Ambrose an apology!

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Burn ws a nice man and a goos Senator but please visit “Burnside Bridge” (Antietam), “The Crater” Petersburg, and “Marye’s Heights” (Fredricksburg) one day and get back to me.

Hilts on June 30, 2008 at 11:14 AM

PIMF – “was” and “good” on my previous post. sorry.

Hilts on June 30, 2008 at 11:15 AM

As for Burnside – he was a genial man but as Lincoln said after the battle of the Crater – “Only Burnside could pull one last spectacular defeat from the jaws of victory.”

I had never heard that before; so Lincoln coined that phrase?
He was so awesome.

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 11:15 AM

[TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2008 at 11:08 AM]

Yeah, pick on Spoons Butler if you have to.

Dusty on June 30, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Burn ws a nice man and a goos Senator but please visit “Burnside Bridge” (Antietam)

If I remember my history correctly, Burnside took that bridge and asked for re-enforcements that McClellan had promised, but McClellan refused.

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 11:18 AM

What can you expect from a political general?

fleiter on June 30, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Cmon Fleiter. . . .IKE was a General and a
pretty good one last I checked.

Clark on the other hand is . . . . an embarrassment.

Texyank on June 30, 2008 at 11:21 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…”

Clark: “Yes, Bob, but…Obama is black.”

Bishop on June 30, 2008 at 11:11 AM

About sums it up . . .

Texyank on June 30, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Weasley is just employing the Obama/Democrats strategy which basically is to fire for effect. Facts, truth and integraty are not needed, any and all attempts to challenge anything The Messiah or his stooges say is racist. Bob Schieffer will be issuing an apology shortly.

Obama or Die!

dmann on June 30, 2008 at 11:23 AM

[drjohn on June 30, 2008 at 10:23 AM]

I got a chuckle reading his wiki, where it says he got a bronze star for his work with his staff, thinking maybe the staff should have gotten the stars with a V considering the character issues he appears to have.

But I’m kidding. I have great respect for Clarke’s service in Vietnam and I’m sure he performed outstandingly. I just think he has some character quirks not befitting generalship, tends to engage mouth before brain and likes to hit below the belt.

Dusty on June 30, 2008 at 11:28 AM

How . . . inartful. Wes Clark is a buffoon. I thought he was probably on Obama’s VP short list since Obama desperately needs someone who can help shore up his complete lack of CiC credentials. But I’ll bet Wes is under the bus with everyone else after this.

aero on June 30, 2008 at 11:31 AM

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

Sigh! I had thought the “shut the f**k up and vote McCain” crowd had finally figured out that they need to come up with reasons to vote FOR McCain instead of this line of reasoning.

In any case, save it for another thread. My point was and is that McCain hasn’t been acting very presidential these last eight years. He’s been acting like a spoiled brat ever since he didn’t get the nomination in 2000. He deliberately worked against the GOP administration to the point of voting down qualified jurists because the Dems didn’t like the nomination. His criticism of Rumsfeld over contracts went far beyond professional disagreement. He pouted when his amnesty scheme went down in flames and started throwing around terms like “racist” for those of us that disagreed with his no-questions-asked fastracking of illegals.

Again, Clark is wrong but McCain has hardly behaved like a President these last eight years. If you were objective you’d recognize that fault in the man.

highhopes on June 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

And here I thought Wes Clark was dead.

Oh, wait… I guess I was right!

psrch on June 30, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Wesley Clark isn’t stupid. He knows exactly what he is doing. It is all the people who support his positions that are stupid. I guess you can fool some of the people, all of the time.

Lawrence on June 30, 2008 at 11:44 AM

But I’ll bet Wes is under the bus with everyone else after this.

aero on June 30, 2008 at 11:31 AM

This guy must have more busses than Greyhound.

Seriously though, I think Obama will wait to see if there really is any fallout before dusting off the “this is not the Wes Clark I knew” speech. Keep in mind, Clark owes his entire career to the Clintons. A Clark VP nomination would help bridge the gap with the Clintonistas as well as providing top cover for Obama’s inexperience in national security issues.

What I want to see is how cranky old bastard responds to this direct attack. If there was ever a time when he needed to show some of his irrational anger, this is it. Sadly, McCain saves his public display of hatred for Republicans. He’s likely to give Obama’s people a pass on this one too.

highhopes on June 30, 2008 at 11:48 AM

I say “bring it” Wes. Bring attention to the fact that nObama hasn’t done one thing in service to his country unless it had something to do with his own hunger for power. And when you think about that – my God the hubris! This young buck has served – how long? – in the Senate and he has the cajones to say he’s qualified for the job of Commander in Chief? Oh please, I hope the Dems bring this up as much as possible. Please!

foxforce91 on June 30, 2008 at 11:49 AM

“How Stupid is Wesley Clark?”

Words Escape Me!!

PappaMac on June 30, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Clark: “[Obama] is running on his strenghts his Character, his Communicaton Skils and his Judgment. And these are the qualities that we seek in our national leadership”


Character?
This I can understand. Obama is a man of strong principles. I happen to disgree with all of them, but he stands by his words. Oh wait, he’s changed his words again. Nevermind.

Communication Skills? You know, Farrakhan and Chavez can give a pretty good speech too. Take Obama away from the teleprompter and you get a bumbling, stuttering and clueless shell of a man that actually makes George Bush look good by comparison

Judgment? As in choosing to associate with by Ayers, Rezko? As in choosing to sit in a pew for 20 years listening to divisive and racist rhetoric, only to leave when it makes political sense to do so>

General Clark, thank you for your service and committment to our country. But with all due respect: Go F&@$ yourself.

cannonball on June 30, 2008 at 11:52 AM

At which point, Schieffer — after a stunned moment

I particularly enjoyed the stunned look on Bob Scheiffer’s face and in his voice through out the interview. He’s been such a critic of the Bush administration and the execution of the WoT in general.

I normally don’t watch this broadcast any longer but I listened to this yesterday morning while I was in the kitchen and I had to stop what I was doing so I could go see if Wesley Clark was wearing a clown suit.

Make no mistake, Wesley Clark will be serving in an Obama administration is some capacity that involves the military.

Didn’t you enjoy that part about how we have encouraged Iran?

He hit all the Obama foreign policy talking points.

How damn scary is that?

Texas Gal on June 30, 2008 at 11:55 AM

If I remember my history correctly, Burnside took that bridge and asked for re-enforcements that McClellan had promised, but McClellan refused.

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 11:18 AM

It took Burn hours to take that bridge as he could have forded Anttietam creek further down and saved many mens lives. 200 Georgia Riflemen held off his entire command for hours. As a tactician Burnside was one of the worst. Once he took that bridge he dawdled until A.P. Hill’s division came up from a 17 hour march from Harpers Ferry and flung him back.

Hilts on June 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM

I really detest attacking a military person, but Wesley Clark just seems to have a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth…sideways!

It’s a shame he’s lowered himself down to the level, and likes of “Hanoi John Kerry,” and “John Murtha.” All are stinky, smelly, lie-beral democrats.

byteshredder on June 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Didn’t you enjoy that part about how we have encouraged Iran?

He hit all the Obama foreign policy talking points.

How damn scary is that?

Texas Gal on June 30, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Yeah that Iran was a real peace loving nation until George Bush came into office.

Hilts on June 30, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Clark makes me puke

Ropera on June 30, 2008 at 12:04 PM

How Stupid is Wesley Clark?

Clark has long been viewed outside of the Nutroots fever swamps as a special kind of stupid, nearing on insane. Stories from the military during his serving paint a picture of a detached and aloof commander despised by his troops and junior officers, and incompetant to the point that he was removed from his position by Bill Clinton, who couldn’t tell you the difference between the Army, the Navy, and the USO.

Smarmy, smug, overdressed, astonishingly ignorant and ill-informed, and possessed of the ability to say something so stupid that it leaves the listener speechless, while appearing to be completely confident about his statement.

Picture the love child of Animal House’s Niedermeyer and Yogi Berra.

Jaibones on June 30, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Smarmy, smug, overdressed, astonishingly ignorant and ill-informed, and possessed of the ability to say something so stupid that it leaves the listener speechless, while appearing to be completely confident about his statement.
Jaibones on June 30, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Sounds a lot like a typical Third Republic French General.

Hilts on June 30, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Stupidity like this can not be measured by real-world instruments — it’s more like an undefined, theoretical singularity.

My collie says:

Since Paul Dirac is no longer with us, is there anyone around that can explain this?

I don’t know, but we certainly need some new nomenclature to describe this.

My collie says:

How about we call it “spooky idiocy at a distance” ?

CyberCipher on June 30, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Barack’s judgment is top-notch…he chose the Reverend Wright as his pastor/mentor, Ayers as a ‘political ally’, Rezko as a ‘business partner’ and gets plenty of money from people like George Soros and other folks on the far left. Oh, I forgot the excellent choice he made in a mate, it’s just so unfortunate that she’s so scary looking.
I have big problems with McCain, but they are dwarfed by BO’s.
I ditto cannonball’s volley, and Ed hit a homer here: “Barack Obama hasn’t ordered the bombs to fall, although to be fair, he has associated himself with someone who has — William Ayers.”

Christine on June 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Hilts on June 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Thanks. That’s right; I remember about Hill’s men fighting after a 17 mile march. Those were real men in those days.

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 12:25 PM

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Not unlike our real men and women fighting in extreme temperatures in Afghanistan and Iraq, I would like to add.

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Very stoopid

RobCon on June 30, 2008 at 12:29 PM

While the McCain campaign is trying hard to make me not vote for the man, the Obama is campaign is working just as hard to make sure I do vote for McCain.

18-1 on June 30, 2008 at 12:30 PM

I guess Clark does not think too much of that other Military leaders, namely one that said, “Speak softly, but carry a big stick.”

ConservativePartyNow on June 30, 2008 at 12:35 PM

What a tool.

He was not thought of highly by anyone during the Bosnia debacle. To be fair it was his first taste of combat – that combined with his tendency to arrogance didn’t go down well.

Ares on June 30, 2008 at 12:35 PM

How stupid is Wesley Clark?

The highly specialized branch of quantum hyper-mathematics has yet to be invented that can quantify this amount!

seanrobins on June 30, 2008 at 12:37 PM

OBAMANATION!!!!!!

robo on June 30, 2008 at 12:37 PM

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.

Keep it up, you morally bankrupt bastards. The country, by and large, doesn’t take kindly to attacks on military personnel. Certainly, not to a lifetime of dedicated service that McCain has given.

I really thought the Democrats could not get any more classless.

Silly me.

Hawkins1701 on June 30, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Weasely Clark doesn’t put his foot in his mouth – he just uses his shoe collection as dentures.

Clark’s record is even worse that people have been saying. I’d have to do too much research to even prove my slanderous allegations, so I’ll just leave it at “the dude has no ethics, no charm, no poise, no honor, and apparently no brains.”

Merovign on June 30, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Yeah that Iran was a real peace loving nation until George Bush came into office.

Hilts on June 30, 2008 at 11:57 AM

And President Obama will not only return Iran to it’s former peace loving state but peace, love and happiness with reign over the entire Middle East.

Texas Gal on June 30, 2008 at 12:38 PM

I really thought the Democrats could not get any more classless.

Well . . . you . . . were . . .

WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

seanrobins on June 30, 2008 at 12:39 PM

The highly specialized branch of quantum hyper-mathematics has yet to be invented that can quantify this amount!

seanrobins on June 30, 2008 at 12:37 PM

No, we have a symbol for that, it’s an “8″ on its side.

Merovign on June 30, 2008 at 12:40 PM

When Clark ran for president he also hired the notorious scumbag hatchet man Chris Lehane as his media strategist and spokesperson. This stuff is straight out of the Lehane playbook.

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Wesley Clark is endorsing Wesley Clark for POTUS!

Listen again to what he claims McCain is lacking,
and you will hear what Clark sings of himself
having made the decisions of what and where to bomb
WORRIED ABOUT HOW IT WOULD AFFECT HIS REPUTATION.

maverick muse on June 30, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Clark: Tossing him under the bus would be too good for him. BO should shart tossing his classless/clueless minions over a cliff.

HawaiiLwyr on June 30, 2008 at 12:48 PM

** UPDATE: Just heard on Rush why Clark said this.

An Obama spokesman just said: “We of course honor John McCain’s service. A speech you will hear Obama give on patriotism includes the line calling for no one to question the patriotism of either candidate.”

Perfect. Smear McCain then use it as an excuse to illicit an agreement for no one to question OBAMA’s patriotism. What a slime!

JustTruth101 on June 30, 2008 at 12:55 PM

Follow up: remember, questioning Obama on ANYTHING is a distraction. Oh, and you’re a racist.

JustTruth101 on June 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

I guess this is one more point for McCain. At least against Obambi.

I’m no big McCain fan by any stretch. But look at the quality of ex-military men Obambi has around him:

Gen. Merrill McPeak (actually part of the Obambi campaign)
Gen. Wesley Clark (cheerleader, jockey)

Two of the biggest military losers of the last half-century.

catmman on June 30, 2008 at 12:58 PM

How stupid is Wesley Clark? He supported John Kerry; enough said.

bopbottle on June 30, 2008 at 1:00 PM

** UPDATE: Just heard on Rush why Clark said this.

An Obama spokesman just said: “We of course honor John McCain’s service. A speech you will hear Obama give on patriotism includes the line calling for no one to question the patriotism of either candidate.”

Perfect. Smear McCain then use it as an excuse to illicit an agreement for no one to question OBAMA’s patriotism. What a slime!

JustTruth101 on June 30, 2008 at 12:55 PM

This is wonderful. I can’t believe how utterly stupid Obama’s campaign has turned out to be. I’m sure they are all sitting there in Chicago today congratulating themselves on their cleverness. These liberal dumbasses continue to believe elections are won and lost on tactics. They think they can “swiftboat” John McCain.

Idiots!

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Why does the GOP need anybody to create an ad against Senator Obama?

Geez, does it get any easier than this???

Money quote though regarding meeting with foreign leaders:

“…and as he said, he doesn’t want to count his chickens before they hatch”.

What is it about him and those damn chickens?

Is he counting these chickens BEFORE they come home to roost or after?

HarryStar on June 30, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Under Wesley Clark’s command = In harm’s way

whitetop on June 30, 2008 at 1:11 PM

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Rush also played an audio clip of Wesley Clark speaking at the Democrat Convention in ’04, where he applauded, yes APPLAUDED the war hero John Fn Kerry, who fought bravely, who heard the thump of mortars in battle and described all of his military attributes as the primary reason to vote for Kerry.

McCain …. flew a Navy fighter, was shot down, spent five years as POW and eight more years of service upon returning stateside with his battlescars.

Kerry ….. heard the thump of mortars, put on a bandaid, begged for Purple Hearts, ran home to mommy and disgraced his fellow soldiers on the battlefield.

I see Clark has the same kind of judgement as Obama.

None.

fogw on June 30, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Wes Clark is a fool. Sorry he just opened up an angle of attack for the GOP IF they decide to use it.

TroubledMonkey on June 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

As a military man, I’d love the chance to talk to Weasely Clark:

“If military experience is so irrelevant to holding the position of CinC, then I’m guessing that’s your explaination of why your presidential bid was such an abysmal, embarrassing failure? Oh, and, by the way, how was your tenure on the Armed Forces Committee? Oh, and that lie you told about McCain’s squadron not being a ‘wartime squadron’? I guess that if it had‘ve been a wartime squadron, that’d qualify him, huh? And, since it wasn’t a ‘wartime squadron’, what do you call the near-decade of hard fighting and killing in the jungles of Vietnam he participated in? I guess a ‘police action’ doesn’t semantically count, in your world. McCain’s been a senator since about 1986. How long were you one? How long has Obama been one, now? Oh, and about his service in the Senate Armed Services Committee, Commerce Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee, doesn’t that show that he’s had long experience in both sides of military command (military and civil), experience in diplomacy, and experience in domestic policymaking? How much experience do you have in that? Don’t knock actually doing real man’s work, until you try it. McCain got medals for withstanding years of torture, and his excellence and persistance as a Navy pilot (Navy pilots are better combatants than even the Air Force pilots). You got a bronze star for being such an excellent pencil pusher. When you got pushed into combat, you got gunned down, so I assume your experience as a wounded vet means pretty much squat, too, right? You ungrateful, weasel-faced jackass. McCain may’ve dropped bombs in an air support role that saved no good grunts like you from being overrun by VC scum.”

Virus-X on June 30, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Detestable. Clark has been described by more than one general officer as his generation’s Courtney Massengale. It takes a special kind of officer to bad-mouth McCain’s military record-in the service of a leftist, Hyde Park “community organizer”, no less. The similarities between Clark and Gen. George McClellan are to obvious to belabor.

Travis Bickle on June 30, 2008 at 1:39 PM

What a hypocrite.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25727-2004Jul29.html

CLARK: He’s seen the flash of the tracers. He’s lived the values of service and sacrifice. In the Navy, as a prosecutor, as a senator, he proved his physical courage under fire. And he’s proved his moral courage too.

John Kerry fought a war, and I respect him for that. And he came home to fight a peace. And I respect him for that, too.

(APPLAUSE)

John Kerry’s combination of physical courage and moral values is my definition of what we need as Americans in our commander in chief. And John Edwards with his leadership and extraordinary intelligence, he’s going to be a great member of that command team.

John Kerry will lead American with strength and wisdom. He has the will to fight. He has the moral courage born in battle to pursue and secure a strong peace. Under John Kerry, I have no doubt — and neither should any American — that we are going to attack and destroy the terrorist threat to America.

JamesB on June 30, 2008 at 1:39 PM

This dovetails nicely with “I will never question others’ patriotism”.

Obama is an idiot.

jdkchem on June 30, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Travis Bickle on June 30, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Admiral Broderick in the movie In Harms Way

jdkchem on June 30, 2008 at 1:44 PM

How stupid is Wesley Clark?

To quote Maroni in Johnny Dangerously…”It’s a farging trick question!”

Liberty or Death on June 30, 2008 at 1:56 PM

How stupid is Wesley Clark?

How much time have you got?

hillbillyjim on June 30, 2008 at 2:02 PM

McClellan actually was a great organizer – the greatest in American military history

Yep, if he’d been in charge of the quartermaster corps he’d have been stellar. As a field commander, he constantly overestimated the number of Lee’s forces and was indecisive when action could’ve won him great victories.

Lincoln was terribly frustrated by McClellan’s constant demands for more troops, more supplies and more time.

BacaDog on June 30, 2008 at 2:09 PM

I think Bob Schieffer is as stunned as am I. I think the Obama campaign DID send Weasley (yes, I spelled it that way on purpose) out there to say what he said, thinking only a fellow military member could criticize McCain. Well, it just blew up like a bank vault dye pack in their faces.

Does Weasley REALLY think Barack is more qualified BECAUSE of his judgment and communication skills? His judgment is CLEARLY on display, a la, Wright, Flager, Ayers, etc. His communication skills? Um, just watch any of his un-scripted Q&A sessions. He’s a tool.

MsUnderestimated on June 30, 2008 at 2:12 PM

How stupid is Wesley Clark? He supported John Kerry; enough said.–bopbottle on June 30, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Right, lol! Y’all heard it replayed. Clark supported Kerry’s credentials with the very same promotion of military service that he denigrates McCain for having. Convoluted, Clark is thy name.

maverick muse on June 30, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Great blog by LTC Repya!

davenp35 on June 30, 2008 at 2:16 PM

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