October 10, 2003


Democrats slam Clark during Arizona debate (Jim Drinkard, 10/09/03, USA TODAY)

The field of Democratic presidential contenders trained its fire on an insurgent newcomer, former general Wesley Clark, in a debate Thursday night in Phoenix, accusing him of inconsistency about U.S. policy in Iraq.

Sens. John Kerry, Joe Lieberman and John Edwards and former Vermont governor Howard Dean pummeled Clark for being critical of the war now after earlier backing the administration's approach.

Clark denied ever supporting war without United Nations approval. "I would have voted for a resolution that took the problem to the U.N., but not that took us to war. It's that simple," he said.

So, what's more amusing about this: (1) watching the Democrats, whose main problem in foreign affairs is that no one trusts them to defend the nation, tear apart the most decorated soldier since Alexander; or (2) the attack on his "inconsistency" being led by three guys who voted for the war but now oppose it?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 10, 2003 8:37 AM

Nothing new here. Being a Democrat/Leftist never means that YOU never have to be consistent, but it does mean that you can attack anyone who is inconsistent if they oppose you, and anyone who does challenge you has impure motives at betst.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 10, 2003 9:30 AM

My favorite line was the oxymoronic Wesley Clark insisting that he always favored deferring to the UN in order to bring to bear "international resolve."

Posted by: David Cohen at October 10, 2003 9:47 AM

Clark's quote was the first time in my life I have ever been able to read and understand French.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at October 10, 2003 11:29 AM

I'm really going to miss the California Recall - it was such a font of entertainment for those f us in Flyover country. Between the Porn Star candidates (Davis and his sleaze), the delusional candidates (Camejo and Huffington) and the real candidates (Arnold and Tom), there was always somthing to make you laugh, cry or think. truly better than any movie I've seen in years.

But as sad as I am to see the Recall end, I can take solace in the fact that the spectacle of watching nine cockroaches savage each other as they scury to claim a dubious prize, the right to lose to Dubya in 2004, will by far outshine even the antics of the recall.

Posted by: Robert Modean at October 10, 2003 12:15 PM

I'm with Jeff - those words could have been penned by Chirac.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 10, 2003 2:24 PM