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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-03 12:26 PM
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General Clark says he'd relieve Rumsfeld of his command
General Clark says he'd relieve Rumsfeld of his command
By JAMES W. PINDELL and SAM YOUNGMAN
PoliticsNH.com

NEW CASTLE, Sept. 27 -- Gen. Wesley Clark, told a New Hampshire audience Friday night he had only fired one person in his life. On Saturday he said he wanted to fire a second person: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

When asked at a house party on the Seacoast about what he would do in Iraq if elected president today, he was met with applause when he said, "First of all I would change the Secretary of Defense. Then I would go to the commanders of the ground and go to Iraq myself personally and I would develop an exit strategy that gives us a success and lets us downsize our commitment there."

Besides Rumsfeld, Clark also criticized Bush's National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice for her views of the world and then U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay, also a Republican, for his vote on a measure involving Kosovo.
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http://www.politicsnh.com/archives/pindell/2003/septemb...

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tjdee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-03 12:30 PM
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1. This also explains the Lincoln Day thing.
"So when I got out of the military and into business I looked at both parties," Clark explained to the crowd on why he was a Democrat. "I talked to Condoleeza Rice right away. I found out I didn't like her view on foreign policy. She said American troops shouldn't do peacekeeping they should do real fighting. But she is an academic, what does she know? I've been on the front lines. I tried to explain it to her. She let me know she was going to be in charge.

And I spoke out on the election campaign on what we are trying to do on behalf of Bosnia and the Balkans and so forth. And when I went home to Arkansas I was in business and I wanted to meet both sides. The Republicans came to me and said 'Hey we would like for you to speak at our Lincoln Day fund-raiser. I said I am not going to be there for Lincoln Day. They said 'General we'll hold Lincoln Day whenever you can get here.' So I did. I spoke to about 450 Republicans there at Embassy Suites. I was non-partisan. I basically praised Republicans for being Republicans. . . . But I knew what the Republican Party was like and I couldn't identify with that party.

They are the party that when I was commanding in Kosovo, they were the party led by Tom Delay against our airman who were in the skies over Yugoslavia taking fire from Serb anti-aircraft and this party voted against them. They claimed they weren't. They claimed they were voting against just a policy, but I read what they said. They wanted the policy to fail. They didn't have a vision. They didn't understand what America was about. They put their interest of the party above the interest of the party. I'll never put the interest of the party above the interest of the country."

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RandomUser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-03 12:43 PM
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2. Good
Maybe now people will come to their sense regarding the Lincoln day speech.
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ISUGRADIA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-03 12:51 PM
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3. Nic rhetoric but really
what Democrat would keep the Republican Secretary of Defense in place when he or she took office? It's normal for everyone in a Cabinet to be replaced when the opposition party takes over.
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