Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen

Tuesday, September 30, 2003  

From The Village Voice comes an article about Wes Clark's new book, Winning Modern Wars. This may be what the Bush people are afraid he's going to speaking about on the hustings: "'As I went back through the Pentagon in November 2001, one of the senior military staff officers had time for a chat. Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, he said. But there was more. This was being discussed as part of a five-year campaign plan, he said, and there were a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia, and Sudan.' Clark adds, 'I left the Pentagon that afternoon deeply concerned.' "

The one issue the article raises that I agree with is that Clark needs to clarify his statements here and elsewhere against the war with other statements he's made that appear to support the war. Granted, many of these were made as a military analyst for CNN, and in that role he was speaking objectively about the matter at hand; I don't think anyone would say that our strategy going into the war was a failure. It was the administration's complete lack of vision and total disregard for any after action plans that have led to the problems we have now.

Once more, militarily, we do fine. We get in trouble politically. Sound like Viet Nam?

There's more in the article, and I'm looking forward to reading the book. While I'm not completely in Clark's camp, he is definitely in the top three with Dean and Kerry as legitimate candidates right now.

posted by lazarus | 23:31 | |
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