General Wesley Clark Is RIGHT

30 Jun

Seth: I saw Gen. Wesley Clark on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday when he made the following comments:

I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands and millions of others in the armed forces as a prisoner of war. And he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn’t held executive responsibility…

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…’

I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president…

The last comment was followed by a shocked Bob Schiffer (host) questioning in a surprised and dubious tone, “Really?” No. It doesn’t. Neither do the General’s comments expose a dirty tactic indicative of “the lowest form of politics” that Senator McCain claims “the kind of campaign that Sen. Obama and his surrogates and his supporters want to engage in.” Senator McCain knows better, and so does Senator Obama. And that’s why I am quite disappointed with the Obama campaign for not standing up to the lies propagated by Senator McCain and his own surrogates.

Being shot down out of the sky and taken as a prisoner of war does not qualify one to be President. Neither does commanding a division in Vietnam until being wounded in battle, which was General Clark’s experience. If Senator McCain chooses to run on his war time experiences including being a POW (and I’ve seen the commercials over and over) then they are fair game in terms of whether or not they are what Senator McCain is trying to say they are. They are not fair game in terms of rating the Senator’s patriotism or heroism. Those are unquestioned. General Clark also made this distinction, which sums up his position.

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.

And kudos to Gen. Clark for such a great statement about Senator Obama.

You can find the full transcript of the interview here.


One Response to “General Wesley Clark Is RIGHT”

  1. m dot July 1, 2008 at 5:49 pm #

    Yes, I had fallen off, but glad to be back and count your blog as part of my “catch up” now. Well, this country has a delicate relationship with war and soldiers and militarism that is like a trick double-sided mirror. I, too, applaud Clark’s comments, and as for Obama… who the heck knows where I am with that man anymore.

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