January 29, 2004 - General Wesley Clark is a war criminal. Filmmaker Michael Moore is clueless. This is a love story.
Clueless Mikey Moore: "I have met Clark and spoken to him on a number of occasions."
War Criminal Wes: "There's no requirement to have any doctrine here. I mean this is simply a long-standing right of the United States and other nations to take the actions they deem necessary in their self- defense. Every president has deployed forces as necessary to take action. He's done so without multilateral support if necessary. He's done so in advance of conflict if necessary." (Told to the Committee On Armed Services at the U.S. House of Representatives on September 26, 2002.)
Clueless Mikey Moore: "I have to tell you I have found [War Criminal Wes] to be the real deal."
War Criminal Wes: "We've struck at [Slobodan Milosevic's] TV stations and transmitters because they're as much a part of his military machine prolonging and promoting this conflict as his army and security forces." (Jim Naureckas of FAIR explains: "Clark's logic is exactly the same as that of the death squad commander who orders the assassination of a journalist or a publisher whose opposition newspaper supports the goals of a guerrilla movement. The targeting of the studio was a war crime, perhaps the most indisputable of several war crimes committed by NATO in its war against Yugoslavia.")
Clueless Mikey Moore: "[War Criminal Wes is] someone whom I'm convinced all of you would like both as a person and as the individual leading this country."
War Criminal Wes: In his book, "Fighting Modern War," he called 78 days of US/NATO bombing: "coercive diplomacy, the use of armed forces to impose the political will of the NATO nations on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, or more specifically, on Serbia."
Clueless Mikey Moore: "[War Criminal Wes] is an honest, decent, honorable man."
War Criminal Wes: According to the Washington Post, at war planning meetings, he'd "rise out of his seat and slap the table" to yell: "I've got to get the maximum violence out of this campaign-now!"
Clueless Mikey Moore: "[War Criminal Wes] would be a breath of fresh air in the White House."
(ACTION: Learn more about Wesley Clark's war crimes through Jared Israel's interview with journalist Greg Elich and then contact War Criminal Wes. To tell Michael Moore to get a clue, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Mickey Z. is the author of two upcoming books: "A Gigantic Mistake: Articles
and Essays for Your Intellectual Self-Defense" (Prime Books) and "Seven
Deadly Spins: Exposing the Lies Behind War Propaganda" (Common Courage
Press). He can be reached at email@example.com.