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Former Sec Def Cohen on Gen Clark.(4 posts)

Former Sec Def Cohen on Gen Clark.ClydeTri
Jan 22, 2004 5:30 AM
For Clinton Sec Def Cohen was on Foxnews this morning, was bluntly asked why Clark was fired from his position (Cohen was Sec Def then), Cohen bluntly refused to answer the question. I actually agree that Cohen should not have answered, it is not his job and he would have been out of bounds. It is however Clark's responsiblity to clearly state, truthfully, why he was fired.
I cant help but believe there are people on both sides of the political fence who know and are just holding the information as a trump card to be played at the best time if needed.
innuendo vs. facts: innuendo can't be falsified.dr hoo
Jan 22, 2004 8:36 AM
Clark has released large amounts of facts about his service record. What does all that stuff say?

Also, from his FAQ

"Was Clark brought out of the Balkans because of character and integrity issues as has been suggested by Hugh Shelton?
No. In fact, Secretary of Defense William Cohen, with Hugh Shelton at his side, praised Clark when he left the Balkans.

Read the transcript of what Secretary Cohen said in 2000.

Hugh Shelton is now a consultant for the John Edwards campaign. "

From the defense department link:

"Q: This is General Clarke's last visit to Kosovo today. Any word on how he has performed his job?

Sec Def.: He has done an extraordinary job. General Clarke is one of our most brilliant officers. He undertook a mission that is perhaps one the most complicated and complex and carried it out successfully. As I mentioned in my remarks, this air campaign was the most successful in the history of warfare. We had over 38,000 sorties that were flown. We had only two planes that were shot down and no pilots lost. That is a record that is unparalleled in the history of warfare. So, General Clarke and his entire staff and subordinates and all who participated deserve great credit.

Q: Why is he leaving office, then?

Sec Def.: He is leaving because we have General Ralston who will become the new SACEUR. We are now replacing many of our CINCs throughout the world.

Q: It is not a reflection on his performance?

Sec Def: No reflection at all. He has done an outstanding job as the Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Southern Command, and he did an outstanding job here as EUCOM Commander and also as SACEUR."
Cohen did NOT praise Clark today...ClydeTri
Jan 22, 2004 8:40 AM
It was obvious that he had problems with Clark, but would not state what, and dont forget , Cohen belonged to Clinton, not Bush.
"Cohen bluntly refused to answer the question."dr hoo
Jan 22, 2004 9:06 AM
Cohen praised Clark in 2000. Cohen now works for Edwards. Cohen now refuses to answer. Connect the dots.

Has Cohen retracted his words from 2000?