Sunday, November 30, 2003

Clark Says Thanksgiving Visit Doesn't Make up for Failed Strategy in Iraq
Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark on Sunday praised President Bush for spending Thanksgiving with U.S. troops in Iraq but said the surprise trip did not make up for "a failed strategy" there.

The retired four-star general, who has criticized Bush for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and its aftermath, told CNN the president did "absolutely the right thing" by sharing his Thanksgiving dinner last Thursday with U.S. soldiers in Baghdad.

"But I'll tell you this ... a visit, a photo op, or whatever it was to Baghdad, does not make up for a failed strategy," he said on CNN's "Late Edition."

Clark added: "What our soldiers really need is not a one-hour or two-hour morale boost visit from the president. They need a strategy for success. That's what this administration hasn't given them."


Clark, the former NATO commander, said it was not necessary for the United States to go to war with Iraq against the wishes of the United Nations and that while focused on Iraq, the United States was losing the war on terror.

"We've taken a two-year diversion from full, wholehearted pursuit of the war on terror. Osama bin Laden is still sitting in the mountains of western Pakistan. He's got a sanctuary there," said Clark, referring to the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
The General clearly hasn't been listening to the anchors and pundits this weekend if he thinks the PR stunt doesn't make up for a failed strategy.

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