Clark: McCain lacks command experience

Clark: McCain lacks command experience

There are 211 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jun 29, 2008, titled Clark: McCain lacks command experience. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, a former Democratic presidential candidate now supporting Barack Obama, said Sunday John McCain's military service does not automatically qualify him to be commander in chief.

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HUSSEIN obama

El Paso, TX

#1 Jun 29, 2008
so this LOSER Clark is saying HUSSEIN O has more military experience ??

yea right

Where is Tim Russert when he's needed ?
(to put LOSER Clark in his place)~~~~~
EASY MONEY

Bangkok, Thailand

#2 Jun 30, 2008
Clark is an idiot, trying to secure a freeloader job with any Democratic person in government. OH Ya! He was such a great ass kisser when wearing the uniform in Europe with all of the rest of the socialist. His only asset is kissing ass.
Rick

AOL

#3 Jun 30, 2008
Are you guys refering to the same Wesley Clark who was the darling of the neo-cons when he was "Lock-step" with GWB and Cheney ????
Lou Hunt

Brownsville, TX

#4 Jun 30, 2008
You expect a few duds in the lower ranks.. Clark is the ranking dud in recent military history!
daisy duke

Capitola, CA

#5 Jun 30, 2008
HUSSEIN obama wrote:
so this LOSER Clark is saying HUSSEIN O has more military experience ??
yea right
Where is Tim Russert when he's needed ?
(to put LOSER Clark in his place)~~~~~
Actually, that's not what he said, but given your penchant for calling Obama names, you probably can't read or process compound sentences.
Judy A

AOL

#6 Jun 30, 2008
Well, if being in military service, being a fighter pilot, getting shot down, surviving 5 years as a POW without taking the offer of release because of his family connections, doesn't qualify McCain to be President, well I guess 3 years as a first term do nothing liberal Senator with no connection to honor, commitment, toughness and all the other attributes we have seen in other straightforward candidates such as John McCain, Ronald Reagan, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, must cetainly make this "darling" of the media qualified. Give me a break. Where is his experience? Man, can he talk the talk, but I have yet to seen any indication he can walk the walk. We are in big trouble here, folks, if this come out of nowhere candidate gets elected. You thought Jimmy Carter was bad, boy are you in for a rude awakening. God help America
SandDollar

United States

#7 Jun 30, 2008
Rick wrote:
Are you guys refering to the same Wesley Clark who was the darling of the neo-cons when he was "Lock-step" with GWB and Cheney ????
He has never been a darling of the Republican Party. He never lock-stepped with Bush and Cheney. He was a Clinton man. He may have flirted with Bush/Cheney in hopes of getting a meaningful cabinet post, but as soon as that evaporated, he took his rightful place with the Arianna Huffington crowd.
hilarious

El Paso, TX

#8 Jun 30, 2008
You idiots never cease to amaze me with your hollow attempts at rebuttal. Now that a well-seasoned Veteran has come to support Obama the guy wasn't all that great a GENERAL after all. Give me a break. Military service has nothing to do with the Presidency. That is what b-r-a-n-c-h-e-s of our government are for.

George W.(and I do quote "military service" = Confirmed rank bottom 5 presidents in U.S. history--sorry, but Buchanan was a coward AND an idiot.

Abraham Lincoln our top-ranked President in at least twelve publications had limited experience and no military service.

Since: May 08

Marrero, Louisiana

#9 Jun 30, 2008
Wesley who? Oh that Serbian warrior, give me a break!

Since: May 08

Marrero, Louisiana

#10 Jun 30, 2008
hilarious wrote:
You idiots never cease to amaze me with your hollow attempts at rebuttal. Now that a well-seasoned Veteran has come to support Obama the guy wasn't all that great a GENERAL after all. Give me a break. Military service has nothing to do with the Presidency. That is what b-r-a-n-c-h-e-s of our government are for.
George W.(and I do quote "military service" = Confirmed rank bottom 5 presidents in U.S. history--sorry, but Buchanan was a coward AND an idiot.
Abraham Lincoln our top-ranked President in at least twelve publications had limited experience and no military service.
And how did that work out?
Gaser

Brownsville, TX

#11 Jun 30, 2008
The Loser got shot down. He should have died , Any Honorable soldier would take his own life before getting captured let alone recieve special favors and live in a Hooker infested Hilton.

Since: Sep 07

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#12 Jun 30, 2008
hilarious wrote:
You idiots never cease to amaze me with your hollow attempts at rebuttal. Now that a well-seasoned Veteran has come to support Obama the guy wasn't all that great a GENERAL after all. Give me a break. Military service has nothing to do with the Presidency. That is what b-r-a-n-c-h-e-s of our government are for.
George W.(and I do quote "military service" = Confirmed rank bottom 5 presidents in U.S. history--sorry, but Buchanan was a coward AND an idiot.
Abraham Lincoln our top-ranked President in at least twelve publications had limited experience and no military service.
I do agree with your post except for one thing:

Abraham Lincoln actually had 3 enlistments (30 days each) in the Illinois militia in the Blackhawk War of 1832.

George Bush was determined to be a "war president" and loves to refer to himself as the Commander in Chief rather than the Chief Executive which our presidents USED to be proud to be called. Americans forget that we are not electing someone just to lead the military - we are electing someone to lead OUR COUNTRY - all of it and all of us.

On the topic of presidents who led us successfully through long and bloody wars yet had no military experience, we can't forget FDR who was crippled by polio and never served. Yet, under his leadership America persevered and emerged triumphant over both the Great Depression and the largest, bloodiest war the world had ever known.

John McCain's imprisonment and torture after being shot down over Viet Nam doesn't in and of itself serve as qualification for the office of President. It shouldn't be what he is judged on. His experience as a Senator certainly does qualify him.

Barrack Obama's lack of military experience and relative lack of experience as a Senator on the other hand doesn't disqualify him. I think one has to look at the entire body of work for both men, assess their qualities and capabilities as leaders and evaluate their positions on the various issues in order to make a choice. I think it's a huge mistake to base everything on whether someone served in the military. However, swiftboating worked to derail the Kerry candidacy, and so we are going to see a lot of attempts at it from both sides in this election I'm sure.

Since: Sep 07

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#13 Jun 30, 2008
Gaser wrote:
The Loser got shot down. He should have died , Any Honorable soldier would take his own life before getting captured let alone recieve special favors and live in a Hooker infested Hilton.
Man are you ever misinformed!!(and you are one sick POS to boot!)

Since: Sep 07

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#14 Jun 30, 2008
MRLOUIS wrote:
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And how did that work out?
He preserved the Union and won the war. Or didn't you notice?

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#15 Jun 30, 2008
SandDollar wrote:
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He has never been a darling of the Republican Party. He never lock-stepped with Bush and Cheney. He was a Clinton man. He may have flirted with Bush/Cheney in hopes of getting a meaningful cabinet post, but as soon as that evaporated, he took his rightful place with the Arianna Huffington crowd.
Which just proves how smart he is. I don't think even Bush's dog wants to be associated with him these days.
proudredneck

United States

#16 Jun 30, 2008
Shame on you!...shame on you Barackkk Hinsane Obama !
Using Ret. Gen. Weasel Clark to insult Senator and Vietnam War Hero John McCain !
We would expect Obama to get ‘Hanoi Jane’ to bad mouth Senator McCain, but you? Just what kind of a two-faced back stabber would suck up to Obama who never has even wore a Boy Scout Uniform let alone served his country in the military!

Shame on the two of you! Makes one wonder just what kind of General you were. Perhaps you are one of the reasons we lost the Vietnam War…hummmmmmmmmmmm.

Why don’t you and your Vietnam buddy, Hanoi Jane just stick Obama where the sun don’t shine. You betrayed John McCain and the U.S.A...

“DON"T TOUCH MY JUNK !”

Since: Jun 08

Gulf Coast

#17 Jun 30, 2008
In the true tradition of the "Camp Followers",those who would follow the troops,looking for favors,or for mostly selling a service,Clark fits the description...a camp follower.Like one of "Gen.Hookers " girls,he seeks to perform a service,for money.In this case ,for power! First he followed Clinton,now of Course Obama.He would sell his ass to anyone.This to acquire power.

A dangerous,and ambitious man .

So now he attacks McCain. Weather you support him or not,this low life criticism is uncalled for.Hero's like McCain ,and others should not be attacked by ambitious politician's.Obama recognizes McCain as a brave man.He has said so many times.No argument here!

But Clark,has no honor.A devious man.Every thing a commander shoud have Clark has not .Conniving,lieing,self armored,greedy, viscous,and a man with out Honor!..A disgrace,in that he criticizs a man with Duty,Honor,Country, in his heart.

Clark is no asset to any one,how can you trust a man like that?He has no class! A disgrace to the military!

Obama claims to want to run a clean campaign,this is not an example of that statement.Obama should publicly reject these Clark attacks. Its not the first time now!..Lets see if Obama has honor
Mannyman

El Paso, TX

#18 Jun 30, 2008
For all of you narrow minded out there I ask that you consider this, George Bush. He was elected by you folks that thought he was, or would be his father, He wasn't. Now you same folks want to qualify Mr. McCain because of his POW status and his familiar looks? If thats the claim to fame on which hes hangs his hat on, I ask that you folks reconsider. If Mr. Obama is elected he will be just what we as a nation need, not because he is so brilliant, but because he's gonna be watched like a hawk watches her young and I for one think its about time we watched this office and who we put in it so that one individuals ineptness doesn't get us knee deep in being hated around the world just because he's the President. I'm not calling no names because I don't have too but if we as smart citizens don't get back to electing people based on merit we will become "Humpty Dumpty"and then it becomes a real question of can we put ourselves back together again.
stephen

Columbus, OH

#19 Jun 30, 2008
Just another poster wrote:
<quoted text>
I do agree with your post except for one thing:
Abraham Lincoln actually had 3 enlistments (30 days each) in the Illinois militia in the Blackhawk War of 1832.
George Bush was determined to be a "war president" and loves to refer to himself as the Commander in Chief rather than the Chief Executive which our presidents USED to be proud to be called. Americans forget that we are not electing someone just to lead the military - we are electing someone to lead OUR COUNTRY - all of it and all of us.
On the topic of presidents who led us successfully through long and bloody wars yet had no military experience, we can't forget FDR who was crippled by polio and never served. Yet, under his leadership America persevered and emerged triumphant over both the Great Depression and the largest, bloodiest war the world had ever known.
John McCain's imprisonment and torture after being shot down over Viet Nam doesn't in and of itself serve as qualification for the office of President. It shouldn't be what he is judged on. His experience as a Senator certainly does qualify him.
Barrack Obama's lack of military experience and relative lack of experience as a Senator on the other hand doesn't disqualify him. I think one has to look at the entire body of work for both men, assess their qualities and capabilities as leaders and evaluate their positions on the various issues in order to make a choice. I think it's a huge mistake to base everything on whether someone served in the military. However, swiftboating worked to derail the Kerry candidacy, and so we are going to see a lot of attempts at it from both sides in this election I'm sure.
a-freakin'-men
SandDollar

United States

#20 Jun 30, 2008
hilarious wrote:
You idiots never cease to amaze me with your hollow attempts at rebuttal. Now that a well-seasoned Veteran has come to support Obama the guy wasn't all that great a GENERAL after all. Give me a break. Military service has nothing to do with the Presidency. That is what b-r-a-n-c-h-e-s of our government are for.
George W.(and I do quote "military service" = Confirmed rank bottom 5 presidents in U.S. history--sorry, but Buchanan was a coward AND an idiot.
Abraham Lincoln our top-ranked President in at least twelve publications had limited experience and no military service.
It's difficult to say who is a "great general." Promotions to that distinguished rank are political and not accomplished by attaining different steps of leadership as Clark claims. Many, many, many full colonels had the credentials to step up and were not connected nor allowed to step up. We will never know if Clark was a great general because he immediately thrust himself into the political arena when he was terminated from his command early by the Clinton administration. He chose to be evaluated as a potential candidate who says anything rather than a soldier.

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