Saturday, January 20, 2007

What's With Wes?

Retired four star general Wesley Clark joined a small group of Bay Area supporters for breakfast on Thursday for a light, informal chat. For some reason they let me sneak in--what were they smoking? We all wanted to get the scoop on whether or not he would be running. I can't divulge all the details, but will discuss a major reason he hasn't announced one way or another.

If you hadn't noticed, Wes Clark has been pretty busy talking to Congress, military personnel, diplomats and many others involved in setting policy on Iraq. He has been a prominent advisor and spokesman for Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid--God, it's nice to be able to say that. He's been frantically working to push a reasonable, responsible and workable Iraq strategy that encompasses a much broader Middle Eastern strategy. A "Surge in Diplomacy", to use his words.

While the rest of the Dem presidential field is engaging in, to be frank, childish and irresponsible one-upmanship on dueling Iraq proposals, behind the scenes, Wes is very much involved in discussions with top Democrats (essentially on call for Pelosi). What he wants to avoid, as he mentioned previously, is the view that his work on Iraq is a political calculation. He stated that he does not want political ambition to be a factor in his advice and help on Iraq. Unlike any other candidate--Dem or GOP--he has directly worked with, or was in charge of many of the current military personnel. He wants what's best for them and the country, regardless of political calculations. He is postponing a decision while he works on getting a working Iraq strategy initiated. His concern, first hand knowledge of the situation, and clear headed proposals was refreshing and encouraging.

More on my impressions and what Wes had to say later.


At January 20, 2007 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool! He's da man!
Truly, we need Clark in the White House if we are to get our country back on track.

At January 20, 2007 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

General Clark -- putting Country first every time. What a concept!

-jen, A Proud Clark Democrat

At January 21, 2007 3:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go, WKC! Thanks for posting!

At January 21, 2007 8:37 AM, Blogger Ladydawnelle said...

I love WES and if he doesn't run....... he'll SURELY be given some appropriate postion in the next Democrat White House!!!!! I will SCREAM to the MOON until they hear that WES needs to be utilized for all his vast wisdom and creative ideas!

At January 21, 2007 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this diary.
I have considered the character of presidential candidates through the lens of their actions and deeds vis a vis the Iraq War and Wes Clark shines where others have fallen short.
Clark and Jim Webb are 2 among a small group of courageous, clear thinking people who vigorously warned us, in Congressional testimony and op-eds why a "preventive" war on Iraq was wrong and dangerous.
Sadly, too many in the Congress went along with it and voted for a blank check on Iraq.
Hopefully the primary voters will recognize what a privilege it would be to have a person of Clark's caliber among the group of Democrats running in 2008.

At January 21, 2007 6:02 PM, Blogger CalifSherry said...

Thank you for your entry. He's really a very admirable man and we would be blessed to have him in the White House. I hope the Clark campaign - it's structure and operations - give me as much hope and that I can contribute in some useful way.

At January 21, 2007 8:42 PM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

Expect a much better campaign from Wes this go round. He had no experience in the political realm where perception is often more important than the issues. He's a quick learner and I'm convinced he learned his lessons from the last time. Where in CA are you? There are plenty of regional volunteers eager as heck to start working as soon as he announces.

At January 21, 2007 9:08 PM, Blogger Beefstick Diplomat said...

"It's not 'Can you win?' It's 'Can you get your ideas accepted?'" ~ Wes Clark 06/2004

At January 22, 2007 7:28 AM, Anonymous Alan M. Kriegsman said...

I, along with many others of my acquaintance and similar view, believe fervently that by far the ideal Democratic presidential (or, if not practically feasible, vice-president, ideally paired with presidential candidate Obama)candidate would be Gen. Wesley Clark: his views are progressive, sensible, admirable; his military credentials insulate him against sophomoric attack; he speaks beautifully, legibly, convincingly; he's terrific on TV, handsome, great voice, superb composure under fire or often-moronic questioning; in short, terrifically electable, given the proper and adequate support, campaign, funding, organization; compared to any of the prospectives on the list--certainly including Hillary--he seems totally ideal, without the flaws or past flubs or weaknesses that so many others exhibit (Obama excepted). To the many out there who feel as I do, I say, let your voices be heard, often and loud, communicate with Gen. Clark and his organization, let him know of your fervent support, help with dollars if you are able, work in any way you can to secure Clark's invaluable candidacy!!! Onward!!, Alan M. Kriegsman (


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