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  Ex-NATO Commander Clark Says Drawn Into Politics
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Last EditedArmyDem  Aug 17, 2003 03:58pm
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News DateSunday, August 17, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionSun August 17, 2003 03:06 PM ET
By Jim Wolf

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark said on Sunday he was being drawn into politics and would decide in two to three weeks whether to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clark, interviewed on CNN's Late Edition, said he had found an "enormous hunger for leadership" as he toured the country.

"Some time in the next two or three weeks, I'll continue to move toward closure," he said in reply to a question about when he would make up his mind on a possible run.

Clark, supreme NATO commander from 1997 to 2000, said the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March had endangered the United States, not made it safer, contrary to claims by President Bush.

"We've made America more engaged, more vulnerable, more committed, less able to respond," he said. "We've lost a tremendous amount of goodwill around the world by our actions and our continuing refusal to bring in international institutions."

He praised a grass-roots movement aimed at drafting him as the 10th Democrat hoping to deny Bush a second term in the November 2004 election.
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