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Patriot_Spear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-30-03 11:52 AM
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The Clark Conundrum: Why didn't Pres. Clinton save Gen. Wesley Clark?
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Edited on Tue Dec-30-03 12:29 PM by Patriot_Spear
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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