A Time To Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country September 5, 2007Posted by jenmarie in civil liberties, civil rights, defense, faith and spirit, media appearances, military, national goals, national security.
Wes Clark’s new book is in bookstores now!
Four-star General Wesley K. Clark became a major figure on the political scene when he was drafted by popular demand to run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2003. But this was just one of many exceptional accomplishments of a long and extraordinary career. Here, for the first time, General Clark uses his unique life experience—from his difficult youth in segregated Arkansas where he was raised by his poor, widowed mother; through the horror of Vietnam where he was wounded; the post-war rebuilding of national security and the struggles surrounding the new world order after the Cold War—as a springboard to reveal his vision for America, at home and in the world. General Clark will address issues such as foreign policy, the economy, the environment, education and health care, family, faith, and the American dream.
Rich with breathtaking battle scenes, poignant personal anecdote and eye-opening recommendations on the best way forward, General Clark’s new book is a tour de force of gripping storytelling and inspiring vision.
Pre-order Wes Clark’s book on Amazon HERE
Praise for a Time to Lead (by some other very special people)
LIST OF 2007 “A Time to Lead” EVENTS
Updated 9/16/07 —
These have just been posted, and haven’t been included in earlier alerts.
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RADIO ALERT: 9/17/07 – Stephanie Miller Show, Monday Sept 17, 2007 @ 11:30am EDT / 10:30AM CDT
Start: Sep 17 2007 – 10:30am CDT
General Clark will appear on the Stephanie Miller Show, Monday, September 17, 2007 at 11:30 AM EDT| 10:30 AM CDT | 9:30 AM MDT/ 9:30 AM PDT
You can listen online here: www.stephaniemiller .com/
To listen “live” you must register at the site. It’s free.
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MEDIA ALERT: The O”Reilly Factor, Monday, Sept 17, 8:00:PM EDT/ 7:00PM CDT
Start: Sep 17 2007 – 7:00pm CDT
General Clark will appear on The O”Reilly Factor, Monday, Sept 17, 8:00:PM EDT | 7:00:PM CDT | 6:00:PM MDT | 5:00:PM PDT
All times of scheduled programs on Fox are subject to change. We recommend tuning in a little early.
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RADIO ALERT: 9/17/07 – Alan Colmes Radio Show, Monday Sept 17 @ 10 PM EDT / 9 PM CDT
General Clark will appear on Alan Colmes Radio Show on Monday, 9/17/07 @10:00 PM EDT | 9:00 PM CDT | 8:00 PM MDT/ 7:00PM PDT
You can listen live at here.
(as of August 29, 2007 ). (Please check with the source as the time grows near as events have a way of shifting.)
More events will be added, and we will update as information becomes available.
General Wesley Clark’s Keynote Speech at Yearly Kos 2007 August 6, 2007Posted by jenmarie in civil liberties, defense, national goals, speech.
|On August 3, 2007, General Clark delivered the keynote address at the YearlyKos convention in Chicago, IL.|
|Watch the Gen. Wesley Clark Keynote, Courtesy UStream.tv
Read more at Taylor Marsh and The Washington Note Additional interviews are available from TalkingPointsMemo and UStream.tv.
General Wesley Clark’s Keynote Speech at Yearly Kos 2007
August 3, 2007
transcript by Reg NYC
“We are not questioning the generals. Mr. President, we are questioning you! Stop hiding behind Dave Petraeus.” – Wesley Clark
Jon Soltz: …an Iraq war veteran.
(laughs) I find that so funny, because whenever you go to a Republican event, they don’t seem to cheer for the troops. So, I (laughs) I, I thank you guys for that applause. I’m also the Chairman of VoteVets.org a group that (cheering) y’all have been so supportive of that without, without the support of the Kos community we would never’ve been where we are today. We obviously penetrated the political system from the outside much like everybody in this room, and for your support I, I thank you.
It’s obviously an honor to be here. I’m here this morning to introduce General Wesley Clark who, who sits on the board of, of VoteVets.
(applause and cheering)
Ladies and gentlemen, please give a round of applause for General Wesley Clark.
(enthusiastic cheering and applause)
5/9/07 – General Wesley Clark on The O’Reilly Factor May 11, 2007Posted by jenmarie in civil liberties, media appearances.
General Wesley Clark on The O’Reilly Factor
May 9, 2007
transcript by Reg NYC
(plays VoteVets ad)
Bill O’Reilly: Now that ad was paid for by VoteVets.org, which says it’s non-partisan, but a study of its PAC shows 93% of VoteVets donations go to Democrats. With us now Fox News military analyst General Wesley Clark, who is on the board of advisors of VoteVets.org . You know, I understand the dissent, and the General, certainly a patriot, has a right to say whatever he wants. I wouldn’t have done it. You got guys over there in bad situations right now. Congress is debating what to do about the situation. I wouldn’t have piled on like the General did. Am I wrong?
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: Bill, I think you’re wrong. I, I think-
Bill O’Reilly: You would’ve piled on?
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: Absolutely.
Bill O’Reilly: Yeah, piled on-
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: Look, this policy has been a mistake. We should never have invaded Iraq, but the American people supported it. And guys like John Batiste, who did a great job in the United States Army. He was a fine Division Commander. He was there on the ground. He saw it. He tried to make it work, and then he realized in perspective that the problem is not the troops. The problem is the policy and the strategy.
Bill O’Reilly: Right. But the problem is the troops now. Put yourself in a Company Commander’s shoes, because they watch Fox News. They’re watching us right now. And you see this, and your guys, you’re trying to keep your guys’ morale up, and you’re trying to get your guys to perform in very, very difficult circumstances, and this stuff comes on. I don’t think this is right. I, I really feel it’s wrong. You got to look out for the guys first. I don’t think Batiste is looking out for the guys. I think he’s looking out for politics.
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: Well, I don’t think so. I think the most important thing John Batiste can do to look out for the troops is to try to get them a strategy and policies that work and make their sacrifice meaningful.
Bill O’Reilly: But that’s already in play. If it wasn’t in play-
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: It’s not in play.
Bill O’Reilly: Sure it is. Congress is debating it-
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: It’s not in play.
Bill O’Reilly: -right now. What do you think they’re doing?
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: I think there’s a big debate going on, and I think John Batiste’s voice is very welcome in that debate. He’s been there. He’s seen it, and-
Bill O’Reilly: Alright.
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: He’s a very credible source.
Bill O’Reilly: It’s a legitimate point. I’m not going to condemn the General. He’s, he’s a patriot and braver than I am, but I would not have done it. Makes me queasy.
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: That’s his sense of responsibility.
Clark says new U.S. view needed May 9, 2007Posted by jenmarie in defense, military, national goals, national security, speech, Uncategorized.
Former NATO chief tells Union students military might alone not enough
By DENNIS YUSKO, Staff writer
First published: Wednesday, May 9, 2007
SCHENECTADY — — Military force alone cannot win in Iraq or against terrorism. America also needs a new foreign policy based on values like diplomacy if it is to succeed in the 21st century.
That was the message from retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark to Union College students on Tuesday.
Clark, who served as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander and led missions in Kosovo and Bosnia during the 1990s, spoke for about an hour in the school’s Memorial Chapel.
The U.S. has lost legitimacy in the world under the Bush Administration, and needs to restore it through traditional American ideals if it is to conquer al-Qaida and other global terror cells, said Clark, a centrist Democrat who hasn’t ruled out another presidential run in 2008.
Toward that end, Clark recommended America move past its fear from the 9/11 attacks and talk without condition to every nation in the Middle East; renounce permanent American bases in Iraq; fully comply with all standards of the Geneva Convention; and do not torture detainees.
“We will never succeed in protecting this country if we become what they are,” Clark told an audience of about 900.
General Wesley K. Clark Endorses U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act March 14, 2007Posted by jenmarie in health care, military, national security, national service, veterans.
General Wesley K. Clark Endorses U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 5:25 PM
Washington, D.C. – Retired General and Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley K. Clark today endorsed the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act and issued the following statement:
“House Democrats have offered a responsible approach that protects our Armed Forces, the troops and their families, and encourages both the Iraqis and the Bush Administration to work more effectively to salvage some success in ending what has been a tragically mistaken and failing mission. This conflict must be resolved politically – military efforts alone are insufficient – and this legislation strongly promotes that political solution. This legislation is the product of the kind of responsible legislative leadership that the American people voted for in 2006, and I wholeheartedly support this bill.”
by Reg NYC
Fri Mar 09, 2007
Crossposted from The Clark Community Network
Reg: Hi, I’m Reg. I’m here with General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and 2004 Presidential candidate. First, I’d like to thank you for your work with VoteVets and stopiranwar.com.
General Clark Thank you.
Reg: Everyone please go and sign the petition
General Clark Please.
Reg: at stopiranwar.com, all one word. But I also know that you’re more well-rounded than that. So, I wanted to ask some questions you are not ordinarily asked about.
General Clark Okay.
Reg: Okay. First thing was I was very pleasantly surprised to hear you say at one point that you supported refunding the National Endowment for the Arts.
General Clark That’s true. (laughs)
Reg: Culture is our largest civilian export, but a lot of politicians-
General Clark Exactly.
Reg: -in both parties attack the arts, but…
General Clark Yeah. Well, you need all, you need the arts. I mean, if- people have to have a means of interpreting their (chuckle) life experiences. You can’t just be mechanical in life. It’s about feeling and emotion and the meaning of life, and that’s what art does for us in all of its mediums.
Reg: Do you support restoring the grants to individuals instead of just organizations like it is now?
General Clark Absolutely.
Wes Clark in New Hampshire March 3, 2007Posted by jenmarie in energy, fund-raiser, global warming/extreme climate change, Iran.
March 3, 2007
By Dave R. Choate
~ snip ~
“This administration’s foreign policy, in my mind, has not been adept,” Clark said. “I’ve been saying for years now that the Iraq war was one we did not have to fight, and with Iran the military option should be the last resort, after this country uses diplomacy and economic leverage.”
~ snip ~
On the subject of China’s recent anti-satellite missile launch, Clark said he saw the move as both a test of technology and a show of power. He said the best course of action for the U.S. would be to maintain a friendly relationship with the growing world power.
“We should consider a global environment in which it is no longer larger powers and smaller powers fighting. It’s important for the world to rebuild an international consensus behind the United Nations, so force is not proscribed for every situation,” Clark said.
He also asserted that energy efficiency was critical for the environment. Clark said he would favor the creation of a national energy policy that would restrict carbon usage to the lowest possible level and help make citizens more aware of the problem.
“It’s easy to say (that there’s no global warming) when it’s March and there’s snow on the ground in New Hampshire,” he said. “A lot of people say it’s a cycle, and yes, that’s partly true, but the majority of that impact is in greenhouse gases.”
Clark was in Portsmouth for a fund-raiser for U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., who he described as “really terrific.”
Shea-Porter worked on Clark’s campaign in 2003 and he returned the favor by appearing alongside her at a late-October forum in Hampton Falls.
“(Shea-Porter) has an incredible grasp of the issues. I think she’s a wonderful representative, and maybe that’s just the start of it,” Clark said.
~full article at Portsmouth Herald
Wesley Clark returning to N.H. March 2, 2007Posted by jenmarie in Uncategorized.
March 1, 2007
Wes Clark to New Hampshire tomorrow
He will be in Portsmouth NH to honor Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. She was a tireless Clark supporter in his 2004 primary race and credits Wes with inspiring her to enter electoral politics.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Wesley Clark is coming back to New Hampshire this weekend to help Representative Carol Shea-Porter celebrate her November win.
Clark, a 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, will attend a 5:30 p.m. victory rally for Shea-Porter in Portsmouth.
The former general is eying another campaign. He last was in the state last fall.
Details on Clark’s public calendar.
Originally posted on A Wes Clark Democrat
War is not the answer – Stop a third war now February 23, 2007Posted by faithinwes in defense, national security.
Get this ad for your website at StopIranWar.com.
At Daily Kos, a strong call by Tom Rinaldo to the ‘Netroots.
The Netroots has to jump start the debate inside America about the approaching war with Iran. We can’t wait for the mainstream media to do that for us. Our numbers may be too small for us to wage and win that debate alone with all who need to hear it, but we won’t have to. America does not want another war. Once the issue of War with Iran is fully in public play the tide against it will surge with the strength needed to give real meaning to that word. Our job, the Netroots’ Greatest Challenge, is to make that public debate ever present and unavoidable. Over the coming week I intend to write letters to newspapers I never read, I intend to go to web sites that I never visit, I intend to send emails to people who have never heard from me online before, and I will ask them to heed the warning being sounded at StopIranWar.com. Please join me in whatever ways that you can.
And yesterday, General Clark himself.
The Bush Administration seems headed for a showdown in the Middle East over the issue of Iran’s nuclear capacity, and it’s clear that all Americans want to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons and interfering on the ground inside Iraq.
That said, military force must be viewed as the last resort, and not the first option. Yet the Bush administration refuses to engage in direct talks with Iran, and with each passing month that we remain stalled and the Iranian program progresses, we come closer to the US military option.
Don’t get fooled AGAIN. Sign up on StopIranWar for the battle of our lives.
Clark the anti-poverty president February 20, 2007Posted by faithinwes in poverty.
People who know me intimately know that I’m pretty passionate about ending poverty. I’ll get teary-eyed when I spit out sad statistics, curse efforts that increase poverty, curse when common sense solutions are ignored, and ask most politicians I meet pointed questions on poverty. It occasionally makes me callous to other people’s problems, sometimes even my own. Given that, one would imagine that I’d run to sign up for John Edwards campaign. But I didn’t. And I won’t.
I’ve never met or talked to Edwards so he may very well possess a deep understanding of what it takes to combat poverty. But I have yet to see that in anything he has said or has done.
But I have met Wes Clark. And, yes, I asked him one of my impassioned and pointed questions on poverty. What really surprised me was that he skipped the talk about what poverty is like–sparing me details that I’m quite aware of–and jumped right into the meat of possible solutions. I’m not one to be overly impressed with famous politicians–after all, I am a couple minute walk from more than one Nobel Laureate–but I was struck by his candor and his depth of knowledge on practical solutions. We talked about community and neighborhood based financial planning programs, microcredit, fair trade policy and national cultural impediments. A far cry from “we can do better”. That he was willing to discuss some of the hurdles in addressing this issue demonstrated that he knows what he’s talking about.
I won’t enumerate or elaborate the solutions discussed right now–I’ll save that for after he announces–but I just want to mention that as a person who cares very deeply about reducing poverty, Wes Clark is my clear choice as the anti-poverty candidate. Not platitudes, but practical solutions. Not just hope, but tangible solutions.