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Oliver North makes personal attacks on Wes Clark, not present to debate or defend

Reported by Chrish - June 30, 2008 -

Oliver North got some one-on-one face-time with the Friends this morning 6/30/08 and used the opportunity to take some shots at General Wesley Clark for comments made this weekend about John McCain.
With video

Appearing on Face the Nation, Clark answered Bob Schieffer's questions on how he defends calling McCain "untested and untried":

"Because in the matters of national security policy making, it's a matter of understanding risk. It's a matter of gauging your opponents, and it's a matter of being held accountable. John McCain's never done any of that in his official positions. 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 Armed Forces as a prisoner of war. He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn't held executive responsibility. That large squadron in Air- in the Navy that he commanded, it wasn't a wartime squadron. 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. Do you want to take the risk? What about your reputation? How do we handle it publicly.' He hasn't made those calls, Bob."

First Steve Doocy mischaracterized the exchange on the "chat show" (immediately denigrating the rival program) as he sneered through a paraphrasing of Clark's answer. North was predictably indignant and in defending one (Republican) fellow military man smeared another (Democratic) with this personal attack:

"I think General Clark's comments are petty and small, much like the man himself. This is a man who's been a sycophant of the Cllinton administration since the 1990s, ...and this is a man who desperately wants a job in the ne... in the, in a Barack Obama administration."

Although General Clark appeared on-screen opposite Ollie North, it was only tape and there was no chance for him to clarify, argue, or defend his statements. Also, conveniently left out of the exchange was Clark's effusive praise and appreciation of John McCain's service and sacrifice - but that would signal that he respects the man yet still doesn't think his service automatically qualifies him for the job of POTUS.