1 July 2008

Clark's statement

Clark's comments are right on:

John McCain is running his campaign on his experience and how his experience would benefit him and our nation as President. That experience shows courage and commitment to our country - but it doesn't include executive experience wrestling with national policy or go-to-war decisions. And in this area his judgment has been flawed - he not only supported going into a war we didn't have to fight in Iraq, but has time and again undervalued other, non-military elements of national power that must be used effectively to protect America But as an American and former military officer I will not back down if I believe someone doesn't have sound judgment when it comes to our nation's most critical issues.

The real story is how the news media can spin this as a controversial statement. We hire presidents because they have a good plan for the country--not for their ability to get shot down. There's a good reason for the fact that we give war heroes medals instead of political positions.


Ajaz Haque said...

I do not see anything wrong with Wes Clarke questioning McCain's claim to experience. While Senator McCain's experience in Senate is valuable, his service to navy was brief and insignificant. He did not command soldiers or was involved in planning large scale attacks.

Why people are running Wes Clarke down, I don't know.

Karlo said...

I don't get it either. Clark's comments didn't strike me as mean spirited. On the other hand, McCain's attempt to run solely on his "hero" status strikes me as little more than media fluff.

Ajaz Haque said...

It seems to have become a fashion to send poor souls to unnecessary wars (Vietnam & Iraq) and then call them heroes so they don't feel let down and when they lose their lives, Cheney says "they volunteered for it". Nobody volunteers to die. Why don't Cheney & Bush send their kids to war?

McCain became a POW and no doubt showed resolve not to be broken and that is a strength of character. But that cannot be counted as experience to govern a divided nation involved in a war that needs to be brought to an end. Hillary Clinton flaunted her supposed "35 year experience" and look what happened to her.

It seems the same fate awaits McCain.