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#16    Caesar

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 02:16 AM

Blondigeist on Sep 7 2008, 10:13 PM, said:

Wasn't General Clark the one who said recently words to the effect of McCain getting shot down and held as a POW for 5 years didn't qualify him as a militarily savvy person like everyone has been going on about? I think that would be why Obama wanted to distance himself from Wesley Clark.  Even tho I would suspect Obama and Co. agree...as do I.

Did he, this is the first time I've read this


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Posted 08 September 2008 - 05:11 PM

Caesar on Sep 7 2008, 08:16 PM, said:

Did he, this is the first time I've read this


He said that McCain hasn't held executive responsibility, which is technically false, although if you put it in terms of political experience it is true - and certainly by Clark's (who was a general) standard, it didn't amount to much.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:51 PM

Caesar on Sep 7 2008, 08:16 PM, said:

Did he, this is the first time I've read this

Found the articles 4 you, & video...

Published: June 29, 2008
WASHINGTON: With Senator Barack Obama planning to visit the Middle East and Europe in an apparent effort to burnish his foreign policy credentials, the credentials of his likely presidential rival, Senator John McCain, came under sharp attack Sunday from a man considered a possible Democratic vice presidential candidate.
The retired general Wesley Clark said McCain had not "held executive responsibility" and had not commanded troops in wartime.
McCain's experience in Vietnam, where he was a prisoner of war for five years, has seemed at times almost to grant him invulnerability to criticism of his security background. But on Sunday he was assailed by a fellow military man, a highly decorated one who was once the NATO supreme  commander.
McCain frequently points out that he led "the largest squadron in the U.S. Navy," but Clark said on CBS television that that was not enough to support a claim to the presidency.
"He hasn't been there and ordered the bombs to fall" as a wartime commander, the general said on CBS. Clark is mentioned as a possible Obama running mate, although he originally supported Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
When the interviewer, Bob Schieffer, noted to Clark that McCain had been shot down over Hanoi, Clark replied, "I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president."
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/29/america/campaign.php

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/29/clark.mccain/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/11/g...s_n_106457.html
http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/06/29/we...-records-value/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5bYzL2y7xQ


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Posted 09 September 2008 - 02:06 AM

Guardsman Bass on Sep 8 2008, 01:11 PM, said:

He said that McCain hasn't held executive responsibility, which is technically false, although if you put it in terms of political experience it is true - and certainly by Clark's (who was a general) standard, it didn't amount to much.

No in my opinion he never did, Palin is the only who has executive responsibility out of the four of them.


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Posted 09 September 2008 - 02:10 AM

Caesar on Sep 8 2008, 10:06 PM, said:

No in my opinion he never did, Palin is the only who has executive responsibility out of the four of them.


But he hold military officer rank and thus was accountable for leadership and actions.

Maybe not executive but certainly management.


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