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  Clark Is No Ike
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Last EditedFreedomDemocrat  Jan 21, 2004 08:38am
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News DateWednesday, January 21, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRetired Army Gen. Wesley Clark has become the great hope for establishment Democrats seeking to stop front-runner Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

Yet Clark, who has based his campaign on his foreign policy credentials, actually has the strangest foreign policy views of anyone in the presidential race.

While Democrats were firing away at each other in the aftermath of the capture of Saddam Hussein, Clark was at the Hague seeking to hype his candidacy for president of the United States by testifying at the United Nations trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Clark, who prosecuted the 1999 war against Yugoslavia, suggested that the tribunal be considered as "one of the venues" for trying Saddam.

That's actually a foolish idea. Hussein's crimes were first and foremost against the Iraqi people. Iraqis should hold him accountable.

Moreover, however satisfying it is to see Milosevic in the dock, the idea that the United Nations has a right to create artificial ex post facto law should discomfit anyone who believes in the rule of law. Milosevic deserved to be tried, but in Yugoslavia.

The ultimate absurdity of concocting special international panels with limitless criminal authority was demonstrated when Belgium claimed global jurisdiction over all human rights abuses. Activists filed charges against political figures as varied as Fidel Castro and Ariel Sharon. Belgium finally repealed the law after critics of the Iraq war threatened to target Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

But Clark's greatest foolishness is his bizarre contention that Kosovo warranted military action while Iraq did not.

Clark is presenting himself as the anti-Bush with military experience. Alas, Clark is no Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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