"I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president." That was said by former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark. Clark, after being a Hillary supporter and stage prop, is now an Obama adviser and supporter. His fingers are crossed so tightly for a top position in an Obama administration that it appears the blood has stopped traveling up to his head. The Obama surrogate is now going on Sunday chat shows and pronouncing the unworthiness of John McCain for President.
This from a man who was fired by the Clinton administration after Clark consistently had troubles with the chain of command as he conducted the administration's war in Kosovo. It is said Clark crossed a line, that he went around the chain of command when disagreements occurred and went straight to Sandy Berger and Madeline Albright. "This chain of command was to the secretary of defense and to the chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. That was the loyalty issue and the integrity issue. His job should have been to convince his U.S. military leaders the value of going into Kosovo...That's where he lost an awful lot of respect," said retired General Thomas McInerney.
Jim Geraghty writes in a piece on National Review Online about the criticism of Clark's Kosovo war management by RAND research institute report. The report is called "NATO's Air War for Kosovo: A Strategic and Operational Assessment."
"The majority of the combat sorties that SACEUR (Clark) insisted be devoted to finding and attacking enemy forces in the Kosovo Engagement Zone arguably entailed a waste of munitions and other valuable assets."
Clark loves to brag about being the NATO Commander. He doesn't, however, follow through with the fact that he was fired by the Clinton administration. You may recall that when Clark decided to run for the Democrat nomination in 2004 for President, he stressed his strongest qualification was being a strong leader who knew how to manage a war.
This criticism of McCain's war experience seems to be a loosely organized effort. Clark is the seventh Democrat to publicly call into question McCain's qualifications and use his military experience to do so. So far the public has heard from George McGovern, Jay Rockefeller, Tom Harkin, Bill Gillespie, Ed Schultz, Tony McPeak and now Clark.
Not a peep out of Clark in criticism of the General "Betrayus" ads during the Iraq war surge. Weasels on the left, like Clark, think they can protect themselves by saying they think McCain is a war hero. Then with the other side of their mouths, they bash him. It is despicable.
To the character of the McCain critic, Clark, there is this from a profile of him in 2004 by Jim Geraghty, "Interviews with a wide variety of current and retired military officials reveal that Clark was disliked by only three groups: Those whom ranked above him in the chain of command whom he ignored, his peers at the same rank whom he lied to, and those serving beneath him whom he micromanaged. Other than that, everyone likes him."
The far left blogs have begun the McCain military record bashing, too. Clark is among a stellar group of people. There is Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, "In 23 bombing sorties, there must have been civilians that were killed and there's no heroism to that." Noam Chomsky said via email "Americans should question the relevance of McCain's torture in an unjust war to his campaign." He continued, "The questions could scarcely even be understood within the reigning intellectual and moral culture - though I don't doubt that much of the population would understand."
These are the supporters of Barack Obama. He sends out surrogates and let's them do his nasty comments. He does this from his wife Michelle, all the way down to old has-beens like Chomsky. He is a politician in the most clever way. He felt the need to do a speech on patriotism from Independence, MO, today to say how patriotic McCain is and a hero. The day after the latest attack. He says he doesn't support questioning McCain's patriotism or service to the country. He doesn't say he doesn't condone the attacks.
From Kathryn Jean Lopez on National Review Online: "Conservatives should not let this Clark moment pass. Barack Obama should distance himself from efforts to dishonor McCain's military service. Obama should be disappointed and saddened. This is not the Wesley Clark he knew. And he should drop Wesley Clark as an adviser. That would be general progress away from the paranoid style of American politics."
Obama wants to be supported for his keen ability of judgement? He has proven over and over again his judgement is severely flawed when it comes to his circle of people around him.