I just read the stunning statement that Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.) made with regard to John McCain’s qualifications as commander-in-chief. Here’s a transcript of Gen. Clark’s idiotic statement:

Gen. CLARK: Because in the matters of national security policy making, it’s a matter of understanding risk, it’s a matter of gauging your opponents and it’s a matter of being held accountable. John McCain’s never done any of that in his official positions. I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands of millions of others in the armed forces as a prisoner of war. He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee and he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn’t held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded wasn’t a wartime squadron. He hasn’t been there and ordered the bombs to fall. He hasn’t seen what it’s like when diplomats come in and say, `I don’t know whether we’re going to be able to get this point through or not. Do you want to take the risk? What about your reputation? How do we handle it publicly?’

After a moment of stunned silence, here’s how Bob Schieffer responded:

SCHIEFFER: I have to say, Barack Obama has not had any of those experiences either, nor has he ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down. I mean…

Gen. CLARK: Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.
SCHIEFFER: Really?
Gen. CLARK: But Barack is not, he is not running on the fact that he has made these national security pronouncements, he’s running on his other strengths. He’s running on the strengths of character, on the strengths of his communication skills, on the strengths of his judgment, and those are qualities that we seek in our national leadership.

Gen. Clark is getting drilled by Rush as a hypocrite. Rush is playing a tape of Gen. Clark’s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Here’s what Gen. Clark said then:

John Kerry has heard the thump of enemy mortars. He’s seen the flash of the tracers. He’s lived the values of service and sacrifice. In the Navy, as a prosecutor, as a senator, he proved his physical courage under fire. And he’s proved his moral courage too.

John Kerry fought a war, and I respect him for that. And he came home to fight a peace. And I respect him for that, too. John Kerry’s combination of physical courage and moral values is my definition of what we need as Americans in our commander in chief.

To put it politely, Wesley Clark is a political chameleon. To put it bluntly, Wesley Clark is a political hack who’ll say whatever makes his candidate look best.

Let’s be clear about something: Gen. Wesley Clark is a sleazebag who hates Republicans. It’s nothing more complicated than that. It doesn’t have anything to do with principle. It doesn’t have anything to do with intellectual honesty. It’s all about political opportunism.

Let’s return to what Gen. Clark said. In 2004, Gen. Clark said at the Democratic National Convention that John Kerry’s military experience in Vietnam made Kerry the most qualified to be the next commander-in-chief. Now he’s saying that John McCain’s being held as a POW, having his arms broken, then serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee doesn’t qualify John McCain to be our next commander-in-chief.

Only a mental midget would attempt making that case. In that sense, Gen. Clark is the most qualified person to make such a silly argument.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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