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robbedvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 09:29 AM
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Clark's speech in Knoxville Tennesee last night:
ttp://abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20030913_1507.html

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Sept. 13
Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark, sensing growing support for a
Democratic presidential bid, said Saturday he is days away from
announcing a decision and launched into an attack on President Bush.

In a half-hour speech to 1,000 cheering Democrats in heavily
Republican East Tennessee, Clark said Bush has failed the country on
health care, education and foreign policy.

"The No. 1 responsibility of the commander in chief is what? The
safety and security of the United States of America," Clark said,
questioning the administration's efforts to avoid the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks.

"What happened on 9-11, Mr. President? Why is it that eight months
into your administration, why is it that there was no plan to deal
with the number one threat that Bill Clinton's national security
team warned you about when you took office?"

Clark charged the Bush administration with "obfuscation and slow
investigations and memos and shenanigans and creating departments"
in response to Sept. 11.

"Let's have some accountability, here," he said, recalling Harry
Truman's credo that "The buck stops here."

Clark also challenged the president to explain the administration's
strategy on the war in Iraq. "What is the intent, what is the plan,
Mr. President? Because the commander in chief better have a plan and
we haven't heard it yet."

Clark, 58, who headed the U.S. Southern Command and was NATO
commander during the 1999 campaign in Kosovo, said his 34 years in
the military taught him, "The highest calling of the armed forces is
not to wage war, but to prevent war."

Supporters chanted "Draft, General Clark. Draft, General Clark."
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virtualobserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 09:44 AM
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1. great speech...All of those issues should have been raised .......
by those Senators running for President who are running on their "experience"

The Republicans would have impeached a Democratic President for the items that Clark points out. The Democratic leadership just walked around saying "the President is doing a great job fighting the war on terrorism"
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Ishoutandscream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 09:47 AM
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2. Yep, he's in
He hasn't officially declared, but this looks like a man running for the presidency. Man, I couldn't be happier.
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Democrats unite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 09:57 AM
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3. Ditto!
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tjdee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 10:32 AM
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4. "Shenanigans and creating departments"....
Very nice indeed.
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