Just when you think some one’s 15 minutes of fame is up, they rear their ugly head. Who is it this time? Al Gore? John Kerry? Jimmy Carter? No, its Wesley Clark criticizing Donald Rumsfeld’s base closure list.
Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark said Saturday that the Pentagon’s plan to close military bases around the country and reorganize troops will isolate the military from the American people and the rest of the world.
“We’re losing influence abroad when we bring those troops home, and we lose the interaction with America when we create these super bases,” Clark said in a speech to the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Association.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has proposed closing 33 major military installations in the United States and reorganizing hundreds of others. Tens of thousands of troops in Europe and East Asia are expected to come home.
Wait a minute, I thought Democrats wanted President Bush to bring US troops home? Isn’t this what Democrats have been screaming about during the Iraq war? Is it just the American troops in Iraq that have to come home, or the 1000′s of others around the world as well? That doesn’t seem too political does it? Maybe Clark isn’t a Democrat after all. He wants US troops to remain around the world. I do remember back in the NH Primaries when I had the opportunity to meet Wesley Clark face to face I asked him that very same question. “Are you really a Republican or an opportunist Democrat”? He answered a Democrat. However, during his short lived campaign, I could not begin to know what he truly represented. General Clark, you had your moment in the sun and it was as incoherent a moment in the spot light that may have ever been seen or heard.