January 27, 2004


Letís see Wesley Clark live this down:

A veteran journalist told me that, of the Democratic candidates, Howard Dean is by far the best pancake flipper. The worst is Gen. Wesley Clark. "He doesn't flip at all!" the journalist told me, genuinely outraged. "He just slides the pancakes around!"

Heís a pancake faker! And, according to this 1999 Robert Novak column, Clark may have prompted European anti-Americanism:

Who is responsible for an air offensive that is building anti-American anger across Europe without breaking the Serbian regime's will? The blame rests heavily on Gen. Wesley Clark, the NATO supreme commander.

After 40 days, U.S.-dominated NATO air strikes no longer even pretend to aim solely at military targets. Pentagon sources admit that the attacks on the city center of Belgrade are intended to so demoralize ordinary citizens that they force President Slobodan Milosevic to yield. That has not yet happened, but diplomats believe the grave damage done to American prestige in Central and Eastern Europe will outlive this vicious little war.

UPDATE. Howard Dean alleges dirty Democrat tricks:

His spokesman, Jay Carson, said Dean supporters are getting phone calls criticizing Dean for, among other things, claiming to be a Christian when his wife and children are Jewish. Also, he said they are getting faxes and e-mails that are designed to look like they are from the Dean campaign, but distort his record.

For example, Carson said, an e-mail that proposes to be from campaign manager Joe Trippi asks for interns, but says because of tight sleeping headquarters, homosexuals are not accepted.

Carson said the Kerry campaign was making some of the negative calls in Iowa, but he was unsure who was behind them in New Hampshire.

Daren Berringer, director of Dean's Michigan campaign, said the Kerry campaign is distributing a flyer that "distorts and outright lies" about Dean's record on the environment, energy, gun control, the death penalty and higher education.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 27, 2004 08:06 AM

The best bombing briefing audio cut from the Bosnian war real audio Apr 6 1999 (189k)

Things seem to have gone differently then.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at January 27, 2004 at 09:18 AM

>"distorts and outright lies" about Dean's record on the environment, energy, gun control, the death penalty and higher education.

I'm guessing it must have been very positive?

Posted by: Rob Read at January 27, 2004 at 10:04 AM

Plastic pancakes, anyone?

Posted by: Sean M. at January 27, 2004 at 02:46 PM

Ah! Time for a meme: (Ready everybody)

Kerry lied, Dean's campaign died!

Posted by: Quentin George at January 27, 2004 at 03:52 PM

So it's been confirmed: Dean has flipped. Yeeaaaaaaaaargh!

Posted by: R.W. at January 27, 2004 at 07:18 PM

Actually, Robert Novak was wrong, as usual. Central and Eastern Europe was precisely where US prestige is currently highest. It is lowest amongst their so-called "allies" during the Kosovo war - France and Germany.

Posted by: Martin Adamson at January 27, 2004 at 08:03 PM

One thing I credit Clark for - he bombed the Chinese. I like to see that in a president. Of course he's still pretty creepy but at least he'll get jiggy with yellow horde.

Posted by: LB at January 27, 2004 at 11:13 PM

Clark also ordered his ground forces commander to throw Russian troops out of an airport they had unexpectedly occupied. The soldier, a British Lieutenant General, told Clark he was not starting WWIII for him. Clinton upheld the Briton. I always suspected that piece of bad judgement played a roll in Clark's early relief from his command as SACEUR. It certainly convinces me that I don't want him in the White House, with overimpetuous bad judgement like that.

Posted by: Michael Lonie at January 28, 2004 at 03:30 PM