Friday, September 19, 2003

Serbian Attacks Clark

Clearly missing the happy days of slaughtering Muslims, a Serbian on a pro-Serbian site has attacked General Wesley Clark as a "mass murderer," which is pretty funny considering the source. I won't quote from the site, but do encourage all of you to read it. Clark's staff should read it as well, because it's very likely the duckspeakers will pick up some of this bullcrap and start flinging it.

Thanks to my friend Gary for pointing out the link!

A Cautious but Hopeful Take on Clark

Bob Herbert, who I always enjoy reading whether I agree with him or not, has a piece in the NYT this morning about Clark which is cautious yet hopeful.

The comparisons of General Clark to a fellow named Eisenhower are as overblown at this point as they are inevitable. But there's a lot that any candidate can learn from the Eisenhower model: the quick and endearing smile, the optimism, the quiet sense of strength, the ability to read and reflect the national mood.

We'll know a lot more about General Clark soon enough. Meanwhile, the Democrats should welcome him not as a savior but as someone with the potential to energize their stagnant field of presidential contenders.

Herbert makes an important point in his conclusion. Many commentators argue that Clark has entered the race too late, but I believe that he's arrived at pretty much the right time because it's obvous that the current frontrunner can't win, and that the rest of the field is indeed stagnant at best.

Letter from an American Soldier

The Guardian printed this morning a letter from a soldier serving in the 101st Airborne in Iraq, Tim Predmore. Dubya and Ronald Dumsfeld aren't going like this:

As soldiers serving in Iraq, we have been told that our purpose is to help the people of Iraq by providing them with the necessary assistance militarily, as well as in humanitarian efforts. Then tell me where the humanity is in the recent account in Stars and Stripes (the newspaper of the US military) of two young children brought to a US military camp by their mother in search of medical care.

The two children had, unknowingly, been playing with explosive ordnance they had found, and as a result they were severely burned. The account tells how, after an hour-long wait, they - two children - were denied care by two US military doctors. A soldier described the incident as one of many "atrocities" on the part of the US military he had witnessed.

Thankfully, I have not personally been a witness to atrocities - unless, of course, you consider, as I do, that this war in Iraq is the ultimate atrocity.

All the way from "shock and awe" to "Apocalypse Now."

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