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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-26-03 12:11 AM
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94. No, I don't at all
I accept that your question is honest. Clark completely disagrees with that policy. You can read his book himself, below are some quotes from when he first was unofficially "briefed" on the extent of the Iraq "gateway" thinking:

"As I went back through the Pentagon in November 2001, one of the senior military staff officers had time for a chat. Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, he said. But there was more. This was being discussed as part of a five-year campaign plan, he said, and there were a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia, and Sudan I left the Pentagon that afternoon deeply concerned." Wesley Clark, page 130, Winning Modern Wars.

I moved the conversation away, for this was not something I wanted to hear, and it was not something I wanted to see moving forward, either.

I heard Clark explain that the "not wanting to hear" aspect involved him no longer having a security clearance as a retired officer. But it has been a centerpiece of Clarks frontal attack on Bush's foreign policy that Bush wants to go after States, not terrorists, and he goes on at great length, if you listen to him ,as to way that strategy is completely wrong and will result in the U.S. being less, not more safe. It is the fact that Clark can speak knowledgably and authoritatively on this subject that makes him so threatening to the Bush Administration. You do know that Clark was an early national security advisor to Dean.
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