of Wesley Clark's Remarks on the Today Show
Bush's Speech to the United Nations:
"Well I think he (President Bush) really laid down
a marker of the kinds of tragic arrogance that this administration
has represented in its conduct in the international community.
Rather than bringing people together I think he set a marker down
that he was going to be standing firm and everyone else was going
to have to come to us and there's been a problem with this policy."
"I think he (President Bush) has really hurt us in this. I think
this is a policy, this was a time the President of the United
States should have been a leader of the whole world, he should
have brought people together on this policy."
"We went into Iraq on a lack of evidence, on a basis of presumptions
about intelligence perhaps, certainly on fear. We went in there
without the full support of our allies and the international community.
Now we need help. And now he's asking for help. No wonder he's
having trouble getting it."
"The United States worked for 50 years after the 2nd World War
to prevent conflicts, we set up the United Nations and we tried
to promote the rule of law in international affairs. Now the United
States always had, and every other nation does, the right to act
preemptively if its about to be attacked. It doesn't have to wait
to absorb the first blow. But to act the way we did in Iraq, that
wasn't preemptive war. And so we've actually undercut the very
principles this nation has stood for for two generations."
"He (President Bush) actually undercut the principle of the rule
of law and what two generations of American leadership has stood
for. He actually made the world a more dangerous place. Because
what we did in Iraq was not preemptive war. It was a broader notion,
you might call it "preventive war". It was the assertion that
we've long rejected in international affairs that if there is
a country out there that might be challenging, might be a problem
well rather than deal with it some other way we would use force.
And Matt, in international relations force should be used only
as a last resort."
His Position on Iraq:
"Well, I think my position has been very consistent throughout
this. I've never seen an imminent threat from Iraq. I would have
voted for leverage to take the problem up to the United Nations
to give the President a strong hand to help the United Nations
deal with the problem of Saddam Hussein."
"Matt, when it comes right down to it I would never have voted
for war, because this was not a case that required war."