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Clark Talks the talk, but will he walk the walk?

CNN’s “War in Iraq” section has an interesting article about ex-NATO commander Wesley Clark and his possible run for POTUS. Like other political candidates for the top spot, Clark has laid down some harsh criticism on Bush’s Iraq policies:

“We’ve [US policy in Iraq] made America more engaged, more vulnerable, more committed [and] less able to respond,” he said. “We’ve lost a tremendous amount of goodwill around the world by our actions and our continuing refusal to bring in international institutions.”

Another Texas politician also received criticism from Clark; Tom DeLay’s (R-TX) patriotism is called into question through the hypocrisy he has shown in selectively supporting the troops:

"When our airmen were flying over Kosovo, Tom DeLay led House Republicans to vote not to support their activities -- when American troops were in combat," Clark said. "To me, that's a real indicator of a man who's motivated not by patriotism or support for the troops but by partisan political purposes."

So will Clark run for POTUS? And if so which side of the two-party system will he throw his hat on - or will he run independently? Clark has not declared his party affiliation and says he will decide whether to run in two or three weeks. What is certain is that Clark would hold his weight against Bush in terms of security, foreign policy and most likely the "war on terrorism." It is also likely that Clark would carry the armed service votes in favor of Bush, who is loosing his support among the US armed service men and women due to Bush's "inane and reckless" response at a July news conference to Iraqi attacks on U.S. forces: "Bring 'em on."

Posted by Lefty at August 18, 2003 3:09 PM