Clark Shows Lack of Leadership

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.

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One Response to Clark Shows Lack of Leadership

  1. Demonweed says:

    There are people in this world who understand that having been a warrior is not at all the same thing as having shown wisdom and sound judgement in matters of declaring war or peace. While military service may reveal something about a person’s character, it reveals nothing about a person’s understanding of international relations. The very nature of front line duty is at odds with the nuanced thinking required to provide effective national leadership, even in areas like security policy and wartime objectives (which reminds me . . . have we heard anything remotely specific from from McCain in that department?)

    I believe John McCain’s eagerness to confuse voters by implying that his wartime service provides not only character credentials but also policy credentials is itself a sign that his personal integrity isn’t what it used to be. When Gen. Clarke and Sen. Webb endeavored to make the point that being a killer is not at all a relevant credential when it comes to the matter of deciding when killing is justified, they brought clarity to the discussion.

    That was promptly torpedoed by deliberately confusing a message of “combat service is not a qualification for national leadership” with some sort of attack on John McCain’s service record. No doubt this will fool those eager to be fooled out of a passionate commitment to perpetuating inexcusable and counterproductive bloodshed, but one can only hope that noise machines do not manage to fool sensible peace-loving Americans into believing that McCain’s service was characterized as less than honorable. That he hides behind the “don’t ad hominem me” defense makes him seem more like a whiny teenager than the fearless warrior he once was. When a belief, specifically the belief that military service equates with political astuteness, is under assault, there is no honor in ducking for cover behind an inapplicable appeal to logic.

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