Go Wes, Young Man?

2 comments June 19th, 2008at 07:19am Posted by Eli

Wes Clark shreds McCain’s credibility on national security.

I gotta say, the more I think about it, the more I like Wes Clark for Obama’s running mate, or at least a high-profile surrogate for national security.  McCain is using his service and his uniform to enhance his credibility on Iraq, Iran, and foreign policy/national security in general, but the reality is that he doesn’t have any better understanding of it than Dubya.  As Clark says, McCain’s approach is simply “force, force, and more force” – and we’ve seen how well that’s worked in Iraq.

Putting Clark on the ticket, or at least on the Obama campaign, reminds me of the great scene in Annie Hall, where Woody Allen brings Marshall McLuhan out from behind a sign to shut up a pontificating know-it-all.  After all these years of hearing Republicans tell us that Democrats (and especially Obama, who McCain is portraying as young and green and maybe even some kind of draft dodger, even though he was 12 when Vietnam ended) don’t understand military matters, I would love to see Obama pull Wes Clark out to say, “Excuse me – I’m the military, and you have no idea what you’re talking about.”

(h/t looseheadprop)

Entry Filed under: Elections,Iran,Iraq,McCain,Obama,Politics


  • 1. charley  |  June 19th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    i agree.

    wes clark was the first person i heard speaking out against this war.

    i don’t think i even realized who he was. just a smart guy in civies on cspan tell’n it like it is.

  • 2. Cujo359  |  June 20th, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Think I’d rather have him at SecDef than as Veep, but he’d be an asset to the campaign if he was visible.

    I still think whoever is in the Veep slot ought to be someone who can solidify Obama’s support in the party. Clinton would be a good choice there, if it weren’t for the enmity that seems to have developed. She’s a good model for what’s needed, though – an insider, and someone who is really, really good at politics.

    Obama doesn’t need help campaigning. It’s governing he’s going to have a hard time with.

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