September 24, 2003

Gen. Shelton With A Great Big "NO!"

Here's what Gen. Shelton, former head of the JCOS, had to say about the Clark run for the White House:

...."What do you think of General Wesley Clark and would you support him as a presidential candidate," was the question put to him by moderator Dick Henning, assuming that all military men stood in support of each other. General Shelton took a drink of water and Henning said, "I noticed you took a drink on that one!"

"That question makes me wish it were vodka," said Shelton. "I've known Wes for a long time. I will tell you the reason he came out of Europe early had to do with integrity and character issues, things that are very near and dear to my heart. I'm not going to say whether I'm a Republican or a Democrat. I'll just say Wes won't get my vote."

Posted by Ithildin at September 24, 2003 7:50 AM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Oh, the irony...

Posted by: Paul Jané at September 24, 2003 10:11 AM

"That question makes me wish it were vodka,"

I loved that bit.

Posted by: Ith at September 24, 2003 10:33 AM

I can hardly think of anything more damning than "integrity and character issues"...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea at September 24, 2003 11:10 AM

It's really bizarre how Clark basically makes himself out to be the Second Coming of Eisenhower or something. It's not as though bombing Milosevic took any great flashes of brilliance; moreover, the fact that he was removed as SACEUR before his term ran out and that neither Shelton nor then-Defense Secretary Bill Cohen attended his retirement ceremony speaks volumes.

Posted by: Dave J at September 26, 2003 12:40 PM