October 09, 2003
Commander Salamander

I'll be darned, but I'm really starting to like Wesley Clark. Robert Scheer likes him, and that's almost enough for me right there. And he wrote a very cogent dissection of the war in Iraq, taking a firm stand against the "military-industrial complex" for the New York Review of Books. I'm thinking to myself: I want a president who writes essays for the New York Review of Books. Or even thinks of hiring someone to write one for him.

So here's what I want to know: Is somebody pulling some wool over my eyes?

For example, a fact-checking matter. Clark says that in the NATO Kosovo campaign he ran, no American soldiers, airmen, or Marines were killed in action. Is he obfuscating? Did some other type of servicemen die? How many French soldiers died, etc?

Input requested and appreciated. I honestly don't know what to think.

Posted by kio at October 09, 2003 02:06 PM

I think we may see this theme from Mr. Clark (and other dems) a lot:

"The irony is that this vision of transformation—a high-tech battlefield, viewed through an array of sensors, with battles fought and won by precision strikes and a slimmer ground component—which the Bush administration and especially Donald Rumsfeld have trumpeted, had in large part already become a reality when they took office in 2001."

which is to say, Clinton's army won the war in Iraq, and then Bush's crew lost it.

Posted by: dbrown on October 9, 2003 03:36 PM

"The Kosovo campaign achieved its objectives without a single NATO combat fatality."--Michael Ignatieff, in Virtual War

Also from that source: Zero fatalities from how many serving? 1500 members of the NATO air-crews and 30,000 technicians, support staff, and officers at headquarters...

Posted by: r. on October 9, 2003 05:12 PM
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