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  •  Yes, in part (4.00)
    If, as John Kerry says, the presence of more vets in Congress will aid in assistance to vets in general, great.

    But if the "Fighting Dem" concept is simply to salvage our reputation in the face of Republicans who call us "weak", then no.  I'm tired of the militarization of the political realm.  Frankly, it was one of the things that turned me off Wesley Clark early on.  Now I'm more comfortable with him as a (possible future) candidate.

    "I'm not interested in that same liberal claptrap. That meow, meow, meow, ironic detachment." -- Stephen Colbert

    by SneakySnu on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 10:20:22 AM PST

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    •  my hope for Clark (none)
      ...is that he is the one guy who could get the Military Industrial beast under control. Clinton, like Kennedy and Johnson before him, was cowed by "the generals," and this intimidation caused all three men to do stupid things. (The flip side is Eisenhower being outflanked by the likes of the Dulles brothers, but I think Clark is quite a bit sharper than Ike, and definitely more of a control freak.)

      Americans pay far too much in taxes - ALL of us do. And the main reasons for this is that (1) we spend almost as much as the rest of the world combined on military and (2) Republican debt. Clinton showed that we could get #2 under control but couldn't deal with #1. I think Clark could deal with #1.

      The question is: would he? Well, the man who proposed the 100 Year Vision and his progressive income tax scheme seems to have no problems with the Big Picture. I'm just not sure of his bias toward military spending.

      •  Not true (none)
        Kennedy was not cowed by the Generals. In fact he thought a lot of them were too gung-ho for nuclear war & he stood up to them. They didn't like it but he knew what they were capable of from being an officer in the Navy in WWII. Kennedy heeded Ike's warnings about the military-industrial complex. That's the whole reason he used diplomatic back channels to Kruschev in The Missile Crisis. They never forgave him for it either.

        I do happen to think you're right about Johnson & Clinton. It's just on the record now that a lot of the Cuban Missile papers have been declassified.

        Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought- John F. Kennedy

        by vcmvo2 on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 06:41:12 PM PST

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