September 16, 2003

DO WE REALLY NEED ANOTHER RECKLESS COWBOY IN THE OVAL OFFICE?

Clark Gets In (Dotty Lynch, Douglas Kiker, Steve Chaggaris and Clothilde Ewing, Sept. 16, 2003, CBS News)

Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark will make an official announcement of his plans to run for president in Little Rock, Ark., on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

General Mike Jackson might want to have someone else start his car in the morning and hire a food taster, The can-do general for war and peace: The Army's new chief talks to Alice Thomson about its Gulf role, his hero Wellington, and why he's happy to settle for this century (Daily Telegraph, 5/26/03)
General Sir Mike Jackson's forehead is scarred, his cheeks are pitted, his nose sunburnt and the pouches under his eyes could carry his entire mess kit. His face could be a road map through the last 40 years of British military adventures: the Cold War, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq.

Today, the new whisky-drinking, cheroot-smoking Chief of the General Staff is surrounded by men in suits and women in short skirts from the MoD press office. Gold braid drips from his mountainous shoulders as he stretches out on a leather sofa in the old War Office. [...]

Gen Jackson is not renowned for his love of Americans. When commanding the Nato troops in Kosovo, he refused an order from Nato's supreme commander, Gen Wesley Clark. The American wanted him to assault Pristina airport, which had just been taken by some Russians. Gen Jackson evidently told him: "I'm not going to start World War Three for you."

He smiles at the story. "I might have said something like that," he admits.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2003 4:50 PM
Comments

Jackson's my kind of guy. George should invite him to the Texas Whitehouse for a toot.

Posted by: genecis at September 16, 2003 8:04 PM

Funny, but that's the one time I found myself in agreement with Clark's Balkan policy.

Remember too, that he was the military rep to the Dayton Peace Accords.

Posted by: The Other Brother at September 16, 2003 8:42 PM

I heard that Hillary was going to be his honorary campaign chairwoman. Is he the staikling horse?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 16, 2003 9:11 PM

The controversy over the Pristina airport contempts with the Russians has been public knowledge pretty much since a few days after it occurred, and helped get Clark labeled at the time as a dangerous hothead, mainly by opponents of the U.S. policy in the Balkans.

Based on that, there should be other reports and details about the incident out there that Clark will have to explain, sooner or later. The question is whether or not it will be used directly against him by one of his Democratic primary opponents if Clark gains political traction, or if the press will do the work for them.

Posted by: John at September 16, 2003 9:34 PM

Clark has never run for office before, much less a national campaign for the Presidency, the toughest campaign on Earth, except to become Pope.
Even people who are very successful in other elective office, and garner their party's nomination, stumble over that task. Think Dukakis and Dole.

The professional pols are going to eat him up, and spit him out.

However, I like the guy, based on his recent Esquire interview, and might vote for a seasoned Clark in '08.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 17, 2003 6:03 AM

Can't trust a general that would associate with
the modern Democrat party. Neither will the
voters.

Posted by: J.H. at September 17, 2003 9:53 AM
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