Dude. I am so much more Armier than you….
Wargame designer and curbside flagwaver Austin Bay writes:
America will be better off when the Democrats have a leader with the national security grit and vision of Harry Truman. I’ll reserve judgment on Wes Clark, since he’s little more than Hillary Clinton’s stalking cavalry horse.
Austin Bay, warrior and leader:
Bay, who has had two commercial wargames published, served for four years as a consultant in wargaming at the Pentagon. He holds the rank of Colonel (Armor) in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 1999 Bay served as deputy commander of a Hurricane Mitch recovery operation in Guatemala.
Bay has a B.A. from Rice University and a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
Wesley Clark, guy who actually fought in wars but lacks the post-hurricane broom skills of Colonel Bay:
The decorated war veteran began his military service at the US Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated first in his class in 1966.
Clark studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar from 1966 to 1968, receiving a Masters Degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.
From 1969 to 1970, Captain Clark served in Vietnam. In February 1970, he was wounded in battle. He suffered gunshot wounds to the right shoulder, right hand, right hip and right leg. For his valor, he earned the Silver Star.
From 1971 to 1974, Captain Clark served as an Instructor and Assistant Professor of Social Science at West Point, teaching, among other subjects, political philosophy.
Captain Clark attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from 1974 to 1975 where he was awarded a Masters of Military Art and Science.
From 1976 to 1989, Clark held various posts around the world including commanding battalions and brigades and directing the Battle Command Training Program.
While Clark was serving as an operations officer in Germany for the 3rd Battalion, 35th Armor, 1st Armored Division, Lt. Colonel L.G. Nowak stated Clark was, “the most brilliant and gifted officer I’ve known. Tough minded, forceful, yet sensitive to soldiers.”
Also in 1977, Colonel Charles G. Prather IV stated, “He is unquestionably one in a million. A professional whose perceptions are correct, whose plans are thorough and complete, whose executions are artistic, and whose success is inevitable. I have never been more impressed with an officer’s talent and dedication. He should rank with men like Douglas MacArthur, Maxwell Taylor, Creighton Abrams.”
While serving as Assistant Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander in Brussels, Belgium in 1978, Brigadier General Clyde W. Spence Jr. called Major Clark, “the most outstanding Major I have ever seen.” Spence continued, “Brilliant, innovative, hardworking, and extremely enthusiastic, professional in every respect. I cannot praise him too highly… The fact that General Haig selected him for his personal staff is indicative of his caliber. Further, his gracious wife is a distinct asset to him and to the Army.”
Two years later while Clark was the Commander of the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado, Colonel Lester E. Bennett praised him, “Clark exhibits the best balance of professional ethics of any officer I know. Particularly noteworthy is his demonstrated selfless dedication to his men, his unit, and the Army. He exhibits absolute integrity of word, deed… he establishes and observes scrupulous ethical and moral standards.”
Then General Colin Powell in 1982 said, “Wes Clark has been a superb battalion commander and will be a superb brigade commander. He is an officer of the rarest potential and will clearly rise to senior general officer rank. He will be one of the Army’s leaders in the 1990’s.”
Powell’s prediction proved true. By 1988, Clark served as director of the Battle Command Training Program. Just before rising to that post, Brigadier General William W. Crouch noted, “Wes Clark has the character and depth to be another Marshall or Eisenhower in time of war.”
From 1989 to 1991, Colonel Clark served as Commanding General of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. At Fort Irwin, he developed new training methodologies for Division and Corps level training, helping to train 13 Divisions, and he conducted the first ever Corps level BCTP training exercise.
General Clark served as Commanding General for the 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas, from 1992 to 1994, where he transitioned the Division into a rapidly deployable force and conducted three emergency deployments to Kuwait.
“Professional and moral attributes are impeccable,” stated General Edwin Burba, Jr. during this time. “Strong in all areas. Best leader-thinker in the Army… a great leader who takes care of soldiers and families… He has it all and has done it better than anyone else.”
General Clark served as Commanding General of the United States Southern Command, in Quarry Heights, Panama from 1996 to 1997, where he commanded all U.S. forces and was responsible for the direction of most U.S. military activities and interests in Latin America and the Caribbean.
General Clark led the military negotiations in 1995 that led to the Dayton Peace Accords at Dayton, Ohio, leading to peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
From 1997 to May 2000, General Clark served as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. During this assignment, General Clark engaged in high-level diplomacy to lead a multinational force in the 1999 Kosovo Conflict. Through his direction, NATO and the United States were able to halt ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and return 1.5 million ethnic Albanians to their homes. This was accomplished without the loss of a single American life.
Blow it out your ass, Austin.