Wesley Clark’s Vice Presidential Quest

Wes Clark fits many of the things Barack Obama needs as a vice president: he’s a former general, a defense policy expert, and an ally of Hillary Clinton. Could his attack on John McCain today on Face the Nation be a try-out?

” ‘He hasn’t been there and ordered the bombs to fall’ as a wartime commander, the general said on CBS. Clark is mentioned as a possible Obama running mate, although he originally supported Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

When the interviewer, Bob Schieffer, noted to Clark that McCain had been shot down over Hanoi, Clark replied, ‘I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.’ ”

Admiral Leighton “Snuffy” Smith fired back on behalf of the McCain campaign:

“If Barack Obama wants to question John McCain’s service to his country, he should have the guts to do it himself and not hide behind his campaign surrogates. If he expects the American people to believe his pledges about a new kind of politics, Barack Obama has a responsibility to condemn these attacks.”

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6 Responses to “Wesley Clark’s Vice Presidential Quest”

  1. goodtimepolitics Says:

    Obama needs someone to protect him from what I’m reading! Maybe Clinton is his answer! 🙂
    http://goodtimepolitics.com/2008/06/30/vandals-in-florida-paints-60-cars-with-anti-obama-messages/

  2. klaus Says:

    please there is no place for politics that let poeple down instead of living poeple up
    we are one poeple
    please respect each orther

  3. Steve B Says:

    “If Barack Obama wants to question John McCain’s service to his country, he should have the guts to do it himself and not hide behind his campaign surrogates. If he expects the American people to believe his pledges about a new kind of politics, Barack Obama has a responsibility to condemn these attacks.”

  4. Rob_N Says:

    Both Gen. Clark and Sen. McCain are fellow Vietnam vets. Clark was carried off the battlefield on a stretcher. McCain was shot down and held captive. Clark has hosted McCain in his military quarters in earlier days.

    Given that conservative partisans helped elect two draft dodgers to the West Wing these past eight years — even as they mocked and disparaged an actual Nam vet in 2004 (purple heart band-aids anyone?) — they don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to discussing military service in the first place.

    More to the point, Gen. Clark genuinely believes Sen. McCain’s military service was heroic. In fact, if you had actually reposted the entire passage instead of the clipped, out-of-context soundbite that the not-so-liberal media has turned into a soap opera your readers would see that Bob Schieffer’s question was actually in response to Clark saying McCain deserved to be honored for his military service, even as that service clearly didn’t prepare him as an individual to have the judgment or demeanor to be president.

    Nowhere in anything he said did Gen. Clark disparage (or “attack”) McCain’s military service or POW status… and one has to stretch those partisan rubber bands pretty far to even think so.

    All Clark said was that it didn’t qualify McCain to be president.

    The question was over Senator McCain’s poor judgment, not POW McCain’s wartime travails. And no, being shot down and held captive does not automatically qualify one for the Oval Office — just ask the Republicans who opposed JFK despite the fact his PT-109 boat was sunk in WWII.

    And the topic of that interview, and the point Gen. Clark made, was with regards to Senator McCain’s lack of judgment on issues ranging from the national economy (he gets his advice from former Sen. Phil Gramm, the architect of the current mortgage and investment bank fiascos) to foreign affairs (where he says he’s different than Pres. Bush while saying he wants to do everything Bush has been doing for 8 years).

    So it’s clear why the McCain camp wanted to change the subject…

  5. johnnypeepers Says:

    ‘He hasn’t been there and ordered the bombs to fall’ as a wartime commander, the general said…

    It takes a lot of guts to issue orders to bomb cities of civilians from a mile up in the sky because President Clinton issued a directive that there would be zero U.S. casualties. The higher altitudes minimize accuracy of the bombs – hence thousands of non-combatant casualties. I guess it is war criminal experience, but not presidential experience.

  6. Danford Greenwood Says:

    I simply cannot see how General Clark can make such an ugly comment at a time when our country needs positive reinforcement and not people trying to show off. General Clark has no idea what he is talking about and therefore in my estimation should not show his ignorance, and Obama should not correspond with a person of that level of thinking.

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