Clark Blames Cheney, Sees Bush as Cipher
“Wesley Clark, interviewed by Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” was asked, “Tell me what you think about the performance of Dick Cheney, vis-a-vis the president. Is he calling the shots, or is the president calling the shots?”
Clark replied: “Well, my information, and it’s based only on limited inside information, is that he’s called a lot of the shots.”
When asked why the administration chose to go to war in Iraq, . Clark replied: “I think it was purely political. I think it started with a Republican Party pledge, an effort to embarrass the Clinton administration. It swelled and just grew out of control.
“And finally, they decide that, after 9/11, they needed to do something. They needed to look really strong. And Afghanistan looked problematic. … I think they just decided this was the opportunity. Let’s go for Saddam Hussein.”
Matthews asked: “Would you say the president of the United States traded American lives for electoral votes?”
Clark: “Well, I can’t say that. … ”
Matthews: “You just did.” “