William Saletan at Slate loves the Wes Clark bio spot. Jacob Weisburg thinks it’s effective television, but doubts Clark’s consistency: if it was worth fighting Milosevic, says Weisburg, then why not Saddam Hussein?
Please, Jacob, ask me a hard one. Taking out Milosevic was, in the event, relatively easy, and once it was done it was done. We didn’t have to occupy Serbia and fight a guerrilla war there.
Clark’s stated opposition to the war in Iraq was that it made it harder rather than easier to fight al-Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist groups. He could be right or wrong about that (I was on the other side of that argument), but distingishing the two cases really isn’t very hard.
The spot itself leaves me cold, but I’m not the voter it’s supposed to appeal to. If the link above doesn’t work, try this one and pick your technology.