« on: May 30, 2007, 07:23:41 PM »
Ummm, no. But has he somehow failed to acquire the heralded ambulance chasing skills that we take for granted in our politicians? Could it be that the military doesn't instill that same sense of opportunism and self-interest that can only be found in our law schools and legislatures? Granted, the military is not without its faults as well. But isn't it the politicians who are essentially commanding the armed forces and our foreign policy? Shouldn't they be judged and not our men and women serving to protect our national interest?
Let me ask you something. Couldn't you say the same exact thing about George Washington before he became a "founding father"? Did he have anything else going for him, other than his military experience before the delegates convened in Philadelphia? And unlike Wesley Clark, Washington committed some famous blunders in the French Indian War. And despite it, he emerged as arguably our country's greatest leader and commander-in-chief.
And how can you possibly say that Wesley Clark has no other "form of qualification other than [the] military." He was the fuuccckking NATO SUPREME COMMANDER. He has the support and allegiances of our Western European allies. Shouldn't leadership, diplomacy, and international relations count for something? I think you're kind of glossing over this man's credentials. Just because he's not a coward and opportunist, doesn't mean that he's not fit to serve as one of our country's foremost leaders.
And you shouldn't discredit Wesley Clark's qualifications and competence just because he didn't practice licensed fraud. Well, whatever you call an elitist, power hungry, and opportunistic profession that is largely driven by plea bargains and settlements. There's a reason why a good proportion of public frowns upon lawyers and politicians, however misinformed you may make them out to be. I also feel that Clark has not been corrupted by the special interests and military-industrial complex, unlike so many others associated with the dOd.
And, by the way, I suggested Wesley Clark as a Vice Presidential nominee. I feel that he would greatly complement Hillary Clinton's domestic experience. And, moreover, she has little if any foreign experience outside of her term in the Senate. I also think that she has failed to demonstrate any great leadership skills. I think the same can be said of Obama and Edwards. What have they really accomplished? How are they any more worthy of a candidate? Political experience can be gained outside of the legislatures. I think that military leadership and international diplomacy should count for something. In fact, it's essential as the world becomes more and more globalized.
This is only one man's humble opinion but I think that you should rethink this one.
Give the man his due.