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0rganism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-03 05:13 AM
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Clark supporters & opposers needed for refutations or confirmations
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My brother listened to some rightwing hate radio to get "balanced" after listening to Democracy Now (Amy Goodman's show). These are the memorable parts of the Smear on Clark, from his perspective:

> Some of the stuff I've heard
> suggests that General Clark is pretty fucked up. A suggestion
> that he lied about the white house pressuring him to link Iraq
> and Al Quaida, a suggestion that he was somewhat responsible
> for the waco mess, a suggestion that he ordered the british to
> attack the russians in the bosnia-serbia mess, and a suggestion
> that he was responsible for the bombing of the chinese embassy,
> are the things that stuck in my mind.

So right off the bat, it's vague and suggestive, with little actual fact retention. This is, IMHO, due to the sources, who'd prefer that there be little fact retention. It's easier that way, right?

So I'd like to help set him straight. Pointwise, the allegations are

1) he lied about the white house pressuring him to link Iraq and Al Qaida

This is probably based in a blanket denial by the white house. Now I know this is an involved story, only some of which I've retained. Does anyone have the full thing summarized down to a short paragraph?

2) he was somewhat responsible for the waco mess

My understanding was he worked for NATO at the time, not ATF, FBI, or Texas police. So anyone who knows the details on the origin of this "suggestion", go ahead and brief me. It could, of course, be complete baseless fabrication and it wouldn't surprise me one bit. Waco is like a second Pearl Harbor to the right wing.

3) he ordered the british to attack the russians in the bosnia-serbia mess

News to me. Anyone have a line on the incident in question?

4) he was responsible for the bombing of the chinese embassy

As I understand it, this is because the NATO command acted on faulty CIA reports that the embassy was vacated. Did Clark himself order the bombing? What's the backstory on this?

Let me make it clear that my post is NOT intended to smear Clark, quite the opposite. I'm asking for an assist in clarifying this for my brother, and I think he's asking for clarification, too. This is what the radio haters were saying about Clark last week, whether you like it or not, and it deserves a succinct, forthright response.
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