I rather trust Hackworth -- if he thinks Clark is the real deal, he's probably right.
Hackworth admits he was wrong about Clark < Emmanuel_Goldstein > 09/26 07:32:57
For the record, I never served with Clark. But after spending three hours interviewing the man for MaximвЂ™s November issue, IвЂ™m impressed. He is insightful, he has his act together, he understands what makes national security tick вЂ“ 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 super-smart set with Robert E. Lee, Douglas MacArthur and Maxwell Taylor.
No doubt heвЂ™s made his share of enemies. He doesnвЂ™t suffer fools easily and wouldnвЂ™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 heвЂ™s ripped into during the past three decades.
Hey, I am one of those: I took a swing at Clark during the Kosovo campaign when I thought he screwed up the operation, and I called him a вЂњPerfumed Prince.вЂќ Only years later did I discover from his book and other research that I was wrong вЂ“ the blame should have been worn by British timidity and William Cohen, U.S. SecDef at the time.