Courtney Masengale speaks

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on July 1, 2008

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, the man who got fired from his NATO command, appeared on "Face the Nation" Sunday and had the following to say about Sen. John McCain:

In the interview, Clark said McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, was "untested and untried."

When Schieffer asked to explain the comment, Clark said he was referring to McCain's experience, or lack thereof, in setting national security policies and understanding the risk involved in such matters.

"I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands and millions of others in the armed forces, as a prisoner of war. And he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn't held executive responsibility," said Clark, a former NATO commander who campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004.

"He hasn't been there and ordered the bombs to fall. He hasn't seen what it's like when diplomats come in and say, I don't know whether we're going to be able to get this point through or not," Clark said.

Schieffer noted that Obama did not have any of those experiences, nor had he "ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down."

"Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president," Clark said.

Clark is Anton Myrer's Courtney Masengale.

If I were the Democratic Party, right about now I'd be a lot worried that Clark is a double-agent. (He's not, he's a fool.) Because drawing attention to McCain's service and questioning his credentials vis a vis those of Barack Obama can only help McCain.

Obama says it's judgment, not experience that matters -- and he has tapped Clark as one of his surrogates.

Right about now, I wouldn't trust Obama to judge a Hawaiian Tropic pageant.


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