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Wesley Clark — Rush's Would-Be Censor

Friday, 05 Oct 2007 09:49 AM

By Lowell Ponte

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Among the cornerstone dogmas of authoritarian liberalism is that those who oppose it should be silenced.

Foremost among the censors preaching this dogma has been failed Democratic Party presidential aspirant and Clinton lackey Gen. Wesley Clark.

Clark has repeatedly called for removing conservative talk-host Rush Limbaugh from the weekday hour America’s most popular conservative voice is allotted on the Armed Forces Radio Network.

Clark’s pretext is Limbaugh’s recent remark about “phony soldiers” — a handful of Iraq war critics who lied about their military credentials — words that leftists have twisted out of context to suggest that Rush insulted all soldiers who oppose the war.

With the left’s effort to extinguish free speech intensifying, let’s use what light remains before the coming dark age to share more that the liberal media has suppressed. Today’s question: Who is this self-appointed censor Wesley Clark?

Born Dec. 23, 1944, Clark spent most of his childhood in Little Rock, raised by his mother Veneta and stepfather Victor Clark. His father Benjamin, who died when his son was five, was an assistant prosecuting attorney in Chicago, a Fourth Ward candidate for office, and a local Democratic activist. After his death, Wesley’s mother and her son — like Hillary Clinton — moved from Illinois to Arkansas.

After graduating first in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1966 and studies in England, Clark commanded a mechanized infantry company in Vietnam, was wounded four times, awarded one Purple Heart, and won the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars. While in Vietnam he converted from Southern Baptist to Roman Catholic.

Like Bill Clinton, Wesley was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. Unlike Clinton, Clark was studious. In August 1968 he emerged with a Master’s Degree in philosophy, politics and economics. He speaks fluent Russian.

The Rhodes Scholarships were created by British imperialist Cecil Rhodes to “educate” the brightest American youngsters in England, a once-secret codicil in his will made clear, so that they would go home and help bring America back under the political sway of the British Empire.

Wesley Clark’s career in the U.S. military was solid but not stellar. It included a variety of backwater assignments as well as one high point, White House Fellow 1975-76.

But an unexpected bolt from the blue would suddenly change Clark’s life from military mediocrity into a skyrocket ride. He was named commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, III Corps, at sweltering Fort Hood southwest of Waco, Texas.

On a late winter day in 1993, Texas Gov. Ann Richards suddenly called the base, later meeting with Clark’s No. 2 to discuss an urgent matter.

Crazies at a Waco compound had killed Federal agents. If newly-sworn-in President Bill Clinton signed a waiver setting aside the Posse Comitatus Act, which generally prohibits the military from using its arms against American citizens within our borders, could Fort Hood supply tanks and other equipment?

Wesley Clark’s command at Fort Hood “lent” 17 pieces of armor and 15 active service personnel under his command to what became Clinton’s extermination of the Branch Davidians — the death, mostly by fire, of at least 82 men, women and children, including two babies who died after being “fire aborted” from the dying bodies of their pregnant mothers.

Was Clark at Waco in person to help direct the assault against the church compound in a scene remarkably similar to the incineration of villagers in a church by the British in Mel Gibson’s movie “The Patriot?”

Planning for this final assault involved a meeting between Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno and two unidentified military officers. Leftist journalists Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair wrote that the ruthless battlefield tactics used at Waco are strikingly similar to those Clark has used.

During the Clinton era, some officers in U.S. Marines commando training were given mysterious questionnaires asking if they would obey a command to shoot American citizens who disobeyed an international law that required them to disarm. By a similar method, Communist China selected the elite troops who could be trusted to gun down 1989 student protestors at Tiananmen Square.

Immediately after he bowed to the Clintons’ potentially-illegal request for weapons at Waco, Wesley Clark’s flat, fading career began an incredible meteoric rise.

In April 1994 he was promoted to director of strategic plans and policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In June 1996 Clark was named commander in chief of the U.S. Southern Command in Panama and put in charge of most U.S. forces in all of Latin America and the Caribbean.

In June 1997 President Clinton appointed him commander in chief of the United States European Command and SACEUR, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, in command of the forces of NATO, a position Clark would hold until May 2000.

As SACEUR Gen. Wesley Clark collected a truckload of honors. He would prosecute Clinton’s war siding with Muslim Kosovars against Christian Serbians in the Balkans. Clark would also be photographed embracing Hashim Thaki, head of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) that was accused of torturing, abducting and “disappearing” people.

This war was largely fought from high altitude aircraft to minimize American casualties, an approach that increased civilian casualties. Clark, as Time magazine reported, soon acquired a reputation for lying about such casualties.

When Russians took over one provincial airport in the region, Gen. Clark commanded British forces to attack the Russians. British Gen. Sir Mike Jackson reportedly refused, saying: “I’m not going to start the Third World War for you!”

“Known by those who’ve served with him as the ‘Ultimate Perfumed Prince,’” wrote veteran military combat soldier and journalist Col. David Hackworth about Wesley Clark, “he’s far more comfortable in a drawing room discussing political theories than hunkering down in the trenches where bullets fly and soldiers die.”

This general who owes his success to Clinton political promotions is eager to muzzle the free speech of conservative radio talk-host Rush Limbaugh. Clark’s gagging of such conservative media voices would pave the way to a new Clinton presidency — and future Wacos.

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