Saturday, Oct 11, 2008
On 10/3/08, retired Four-Star General Wesley Kanne Clark took part in a discussion about International Justice at the UCLA Law School. Clark, who had been Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO during Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War, insisted that international justice is important but in conflict with the long history in the United States of acting as seen fit in the moment.
Clark gave examples of the US-driven coups in Iran, Guatemala and Chile, but failed to mention Operation Gladio, which, under NATO and CIA cover with help from extremist-right fascist secret societies, utilized false-flag terrorism against innocent civilians in Europe after World War II. He also, of course, failed to mention his connections with the leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army, who were known to have committed atrocities against civilians, were closely linked to Al-Qaeda (Al-CIA-duh!) and seriously involved in the international heroin trade.
So, I decided to bring it up after the talk was over while Clark was yacking it up about his debate the night before with Karl Rove. Incidentally, Clark has been alleged to have said-whether seriously or not is debated- that the only reason that he is a registered Democrat is because Rove didn’t return his phone calls.
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Clark first appeared to play dumb or uninterested when I mentioned Operation Gladio, but then felt the need to respond when I brought up the KLA. He responded only by saying, “I heard the Soviets say that.” Then realized he had betrayed his Cold War mentality, and fixed it by saying “I heard the Russians say it.” He could only nod reluctantly when I said “Western historians don’t deny that sir, right?” He then deliberatively repeated “I heard the Russians say that.” If it was some type of coded-language that I was supposed to get, I didn’t. Then, quickly, it was agreed that it was time for lunch.
I pressed on and asked him, while he walked to lunch, whether he thought the mimetic war-games that took place on 9/11 were a coincidence. He shrugged it off like it was a joke. I waited for some other folks to talk with him while dodging some of the various handlers trying to fend me off of the put-upon general. And then, after reminding him of his assertion that the 9/11 investigation had not been finished by the Commission, and asserting that I took Article III Section 3 of the Constitution to mean that a cover-up of an act of war is treason, I asked him again if he thought those mimetic war-games were a coincidence on 9/11. He never gave an answer, except for saying “c’mon” after I asked him if his silence was an answer of some sort.
So, all in all, Clark’s responses to some serious allegations and questions were:
1) “I heard the Russians say that”
Maybe I shouldn’t have “overwhelmed him.” It’s just that I expect much more from a man who took an oath to willingly kill or be killed to defend our Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. Saying that “we’ve never finished the investigation of 9/11″ or musing “whether the administration actually misused the intelligence information it had,” and then not answering a sincere questioner is just not going to cut it from an alleged patriot at this late date of an all-out Constitutional and civilizational crisis.
And I don’t think it could even be argued that Clark is dim-witted or ignorant. He has consistently excelled wherever he is operating, was valedictorian of his class at West Point and later awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.
Clark also received a Knighthood and is recognized by Britain as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The motto of this Order is “For God and the Empire.” Maybe that’s part of the problem.
Finally, in recognition of the hypocrisy of this man speaking about “International Justice,” note that Clark has given public support for the “School of the Americas,” now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, where many dictators and death-squads have been trained over the decades in such un-American arts as torture and psychological warfare. Many of the graduates of this school have perpetrated numerous international injustices, war crimes and political murders. So, I vote for no more talk from Mr. Clark about justice of any kind until he fesses up about the hard and dark facts that must be faced in order to create the beautiful future our descendants deserve and our ancestors dream.