TITLE

A General's Campaign

AUTHOR(S)
Nordlinger, Jay
PUB. DATE
January 2004
SOURCE
National Review;1/26/2004, Vol. 56 Issue 1, p36
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article scrutinizes former general Wesley Clark's views and statements on the war on terror and the war in Iraq. Remarkably, the general has proved just about the most irresponsible candidate of the bunch. He has been flaky, extreme, and short on honor. One of Clark's themes is that President Bush failed to protect the nation from the 9/11 attacks. The Clinton administration -- which Clark is running in part to defend and exalt -- had eight years to deal with al-Qaeda. Clark's persistent line is that Bush ignored al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden in favor of Iraq and Saddam Hussein. It takes a strange mind to suppose that President Bush is not moving heaven and earth to run bin Laden to ground. Then there is the notion that the administration shifted the military from al-Qaeda to Iraq--that, in Clark's words, it" saved" troops to" go after" Saddam. Where does General Clark plan to put the First Infantry Division in the fight against al-Qaeda? When Coalition forces entered Baghdad, Clark wrote, "President Bush and Tony Blair should be proud of their resolve in the face of so much doubt." George W. Bush is trying to dishonor American soldiers? The shame is all Clark's, and the dishonor, too.
ACCESSION #
11976459

 

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