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The Clark Conundrum: Why didn't Pres. Clinton save Gen. Wesley Clark?
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Wesley Clark's military career is an blueprint for success and a credit to the man himself; something that has always put him at the top of my candidates list.

However there has always been something that bothered me in the way Gen Clark was summarily let go by Sec. of Defense Bill Cohen: Why didn't Clark's nearest contemporary, President Bill Clinton, Rhodes Scholar and fellow Arkansaw native, come to the General's aide in his most trying time of crisis?

Clark has heavily leveraged his relationship with Clinton in his recent campaign ads and releases; however, when he needed Bill Clinton the most, at the height of his career, Clinton allowed him to slip into the abyss of innuendo and whisper with a hasty and contentious departure.

How do you reconcile this obvious disparity? The quote below is telling, Bill Clinton said he had nothing to do with Clark's dismissal, but it's clear he did nothing to prevent it either.

What does Bill Clinton know about Wesley Clark that we don't and why did he withhold his absolutely critical support at the man's most desperate hour?

Clark Defends Military Record

Contributing Writer

"...Clark countered that he was neither "fired" nor "relieved" of his duties, but that he was "asked to retire three months early" by then-Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry "Hugh" Shelton.

The normally unflappable Clark grew uncharacteristically emotional as he explained Sheltons "behind-the-back power play."

Clark recounted that he was dining with the president of Lithuania when he was interrupted by a phone call from Shelton, who asked Clark to step down from his post.

Within an hour of the phone call, Clark said that Shelton had leaked news of Clarks ouster to reporter Bradley Graham of the Washington Post. After the leak, Clark said, then-President Bill Clinton and Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen could not have salvaged Clarks job without sparking an embarrassing public flap with Shelton.

"Bill Clinton told me himself that he had nothing to do with this, and I believe him," Clark said."

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  -The Clark Conundrum: Why didn't Pres. Clinton save Gen. Wesley Clark? Patriot_Spear  Dec-30-03 10:52 AM   #0 
  - Clinton Loves Clark  Jack_Dawson   Dec-30-03 10:53 AM   #1 
  - I agree  lancdem   Dec-30-03 11:12 AM   #6 
  - Is an endorsement coming? If not, why not?  Scott Lee   Dec-30-03 11:42 AM   #10 
     - Clinton has class - unlike Al Gore  Jack_Dawson   Dec-30-03 11:44 AM   #11 
        - So, "hate Gore" just to slime Dean. Hilarious.  Scott Lee   Dec-30-03 11:57 AM   #14 
        - I don't hate Gore - I just feel sorry for him  Jack_Dawson   Dec-30-03 12:06 PM   #16 
           - Sigh...  CivilRightsNow   Dec-30-03 01:00 PM   #33 
              - I take it you don't see this as a Gore power-play for party control?  SahaleArm   Dec-30-03 01:14 PM   #39 
                 - It's an interesting concept...  CivilRightsNow   Dec-30-03 01:19 PM   #43 
        - Clinton did was was best for Clinton  Leilani   Dec-30-03 01:50 PM   #51 
  - Most desperate hour?  mikehiggins   Dec-30-03 11:02 AM   #2 
  - You DO know our Bill....  ArkDem   Dec-30-03 11:04 AM   #3 
  - Oh yes indeed  mikehiggins   Dec-30-03 11:06 AM   #4 
     - As my D.C. twenty-five years govenment (non-politial job)-employed sister  1monster   Dec-30-03 12:28 PM   #20 
        - Well, he likes sleazy, rich guys, too.  ArkDem   Dec-30-03 01:07 PM   #35 
        - Sleazy women is minor compared to...  CivilRightsNow   Dec-30-03 01:15 PM   #41 
  - I wonder what Clark would say...  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 11:08 AM   #5 
     - I think this issue has been pretty much debunked  jmaier   Dec-30-03 11:58 AM   #15 
        - I think 'debunked' is misleading- no one questions the facts of the issue  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 12:43 PM   #28 
           - I think it's pretty simple to understand  jmaier   Dec-30-03 12:57 PM   #32 
              - Oh no, not at all...  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 01:13 PM   #38 
  - Don't forget  in_cog_ni_to   Dec-30-03 11:19 AM   #7 
  - But Clark said" "I never asked"....  sfecap   Dec-30-03 11:25 AM   #8 
  - Clark was due to retire in a couple of months anyway  Adjoran   Dec-30-03 11:33 AM   #9 
  - Clark was as radioactive  imhotep   Dec-30-03 11:48 AM   #12 
  - LOL - another informed reader  Jack_Dawson   Dec-30-03 11:49 AM   #13 
  - Clark minus one vote. Next  oasis   Dec-30-03 12:53 PM   #31 
  - Cohen might have resigned.  gulliver   Dec-30-03 12:20 PM   #17 
  - Clinton sacrifices Clark for Cohen?  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 12:23 PM   #18 
     - It says Clinton is respecting the chain of command  Jack_Dawson   Dec-30-03 12:25 PM   #19 
     - Wait- He is at the top of that Chain of Command...  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 12:30 PM   #21 
        - Nah  Tom Rinaldo   Dec-30-03 12:36 PM   #22 
        - The 'easy way' being to let Clark swing...  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 12:40 PM   #26 
           - I think I was clear  Tom Rinaldo   Dec-30-03 01:10 PM   #36 
              - With so much in common that's difficult to believe...  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 01:15 PM   #40 
                 - Sorry, but it's the truth.  Tom Rinaldo   Dec-30-03 01:21 PM   #44 
                    - P.S.  Tom Rinaldo   Dec-30-03 01:25 PM   #46 
                    - I will, thanks Tom. n/t  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 01:27 PM   #48 
                    - I think it merits a deeper look, the truth has yet to be revealed...  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 01:27 PM   #47 
        - You don't overrule your lieutenants  Jack_Dawson   Dec-30-03 12:36 PM   #23 
           - I don't agree with your analogy...  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 12:38 PM   #24 
              - Lieutenant is a figure of speech  Jack_Dawson   Dec-30-03 12:39 PM   #25 
                 - The analogy does not fit at that level of command.  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 12:44 PM   #29 
                    - Have you ever had a job or been in the military?  Jack_Dawson   Dec-30-03 01:01 PM   #34 
                       - Yes I have- Clearly Clark was sacrificed, not even allowed to save face.  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 01:16 PM   #42 
     - It says Clinton did the right thing.  gulliver   Dec-30-03 01:12 PM   #37 
  - I'm inclined to think there are multiple reasons why Clinton let it go.  davsand   Dec-30-03 12:43 PM   #27 
  - Thanks for the link. n/t  Patriot_Spear   Dec-30-03 12:45 PM   #30 
     - Here's a blog with more articles worth reading...  SahaleArm   Dec-30-03 01:24 PM   #45 
  - Strange this is not mentioned:  Donna Zen   Dec-30-03 01:42 PM   #49 
     - Amen to THAT  Jack_Dawson   Dec-30-03 01:46 PM   #50 

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