David Hackworth may or may not be a good judge of military personnel, but as long as the Clark-bashers are still quoting his “perfumed prince” line from 1999, his more recent thoughts — influenced, unlike his previous ones, by having read Clark’s book and met the man himself — ought to be on the record:
… I never served with Clark. But after spending three hours interviewing the man … I’m impressed. He is insightful, he has his act together, he understands what makes national security tick — and he thinks on his feet somewhere around Mach 3. No big surprise, since he graduated first in his class from West Point, which puts him in the supersmart set with Robert E. Lee, Douglas MacArthur and Maxwell Taylor.
He says he now wants to lead America out of the darkness, shorten what promises to be the longest and nastiest war in our history and restore our eroding prestige around the world.
For sure, he’ll be strong on defense. But with his high moral standards and because he knows where and how the game’s played, there will probably be zero tolerance for either Pentagon porking or two-bit shenanigans.
No doubt he’s made his share of enemies. He doesn’t suffer fools easily and wouldn’t have allowed the dilettantes who convinced Dubya to do Iraq to even cut the White House lawn. So he should prepare for a fair amount of dart-throwing from detractors he’s ripped into during the past three decades.