June 30, 2008

Wes Clark: All "class"

Yeah right:

Gen. CLARK: 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?'

SCHIEFFER: Well...

Gen. CLARK: He hasn't made those calls, Bob. So...

SCHIEFFER: Well, General, maybe—could I just interrupt you?

Gen. CLARK: Sure.

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...

Gen. CLARK: Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.

SCHIEFFER: Really?

Gen. 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.

(My emphasis.) I see. So, to Wes Clark, McCain has less "strength of character" than Obama. Mm-hm -- five f***ing years as a tortured POW, turning down early release, surviving ... equals "less character" than a pampered, private school-attending "community activist." Un. Real.

Communication skills? Yeah, so the guy gives a good speech. But sheesh -- as the Demolition Driver says, "C'mon, 'ya gotta be jackin' me!"

"Strengths in judgment?" Hanging with an unrepentant domestic terrorist? Attending for 20 years, getting married in, and having your kids baptized in the church where the pastor is a raving conspiratorial lunatic? Yep, that's judgment for 'ya.

I seriously doubt Clark should be dissing a fellow military man about judgment.

Posted by Hube at June 30, 2008 10:58 AM | TrackBack

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Clark does not know it yet but he just committed himself to the dustbin of history.

I saw on another blog a prediction that "another bus incident" was coming.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at June 30, 2008 01:36 PM

a pampered, private school-attending "community activist."

Not to quibble, but:

a) They both attended private prep schools. Interestingly, they had similarly unstable earlier school years, bouncing around the globe.

b) In addition to his remarkable academic record, Obama is also an attorney and spent a decade as a professor of Constitutional Law at one of the most prestigious, intense law schools in the nation. But since belittling the opposition is an essential part of a website like this, I understand the phrasiology.

c) Given the hurdles they've both had to overcome, I'm not quite sure how anyone could seriously refer to either of these hard-working, determined Americans as "pampered." If this campaign devolves into the usual despicable Personal Destruction-Fest, it won't be because of these two candidates themselves.

Posted by: Regis at June 30, 2008 04:59 PM

Given the hurdles they've both had to overcome

Yeah, you're right. Those prep schools and then Harvard sure is a "hurdle," especially when compared to a life in the military -- including a half-decade stint as a POW.

Posted by: Hube at June 30, 2008 05:25 PM

I am sure that in Prep school and Harvard that Obama had to put up with years of Hazing.

If Obama is still young enough for military service, I'd like to see him fly a jet aircraft or helicopter.
Perhaps join the Army and become a tank Commander.
After 2 years of combat, then he can transfer to JAG.
A year as military liaison in Israel would round out his experiences.

Posted by: Paul at July 1, 2008 10:08 PM

it's sad that such a bootlicking weasle as Clark was ever a General. He will say anything to please his masters.

4 years ago he was saying hte exact opposite, how John J'n Kerry's junior millitary service made him the perfect candidate for president.

Posted by: anoni at July 4, 2008 10:31 AM