On Sunday, retired General Wesley Clark demonstrated why he’s a Democrat, and why the Clintons like him. Rather than explain why Obama deserves to be president, he took a cheap shot at McCain, claiming leadership as Navy squadron commander and in a POW camp does not show readiness for being Commander in Chief. Trouble is, Bob Schieffer caught him.
During the interview, Schieffer noted that Obama hadn’t had military leadership experiences either, didn’t even have McCain’s experience as a fighter pilot. Clark tried to make a denigrating political joke with “ I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”
Lost in all the hoopla is that Clark never answered the question of why McCain’s service is not valid when Obama has had even less. Just bringing it up highlights Obama’s lack of qualifications. And having stepped into the mess, the only way out was the Clinton strategy of diverting attention with an outrageous comment. Bill Clinton might have pulled it off. Wes Clark couldn’t. And for all his faults, Obama is too moral to support that kind of lowlife politics.
I think it’s also odd the political leadership question came from General Clark, the man who prolonged the Kosovo war by insisting the US wait for the Army to be ready to lead a ground war, when the Air Force was already close to ending the conflict. His playing politics then cost lives. Just by distancing himself from McCain boosts McCain’s status of a leader we can trust.