From Jim Gilliam's blog archivesClark: I'm proud of my blind allegiance
January 21, 2004 5:10 PM
This is what really scares me about Clark:
I have far more respect for Kerry in this regard than I do Clark. And I can't stand Kerry. Look, you gotta keep an open enough mind to know when what you're doing is just flat out wrong, and have the guts to stand up and say something. Not only does Clark consider it a virtue to not stand up for what's right, he feels it is his duty to continue doing the wrong thing. Colin Powell did this too with the Iraq war.
Sorry guys, that's not leadership.
To continue this thought. The military has a "chain of command" gospel that is drilled into everyone. Anyone that spent his entire career in the military looks at his job as first taking orders from his boss, then giving orders to his subordinates based on what his boss said. But that's not leadership, that's just following orders. A real leader needs to know how to lead all those around him, including his boss. If the boss is wrong, he's got to stand up and say so.
Now it's even more complicated for the President because he doesn't just have one, two or even a handful bosses, he has millions -- plus a few hundred members of congress, and a judicial system. This means the President has to convince a lot of people to do what he wants to do -- they don't just follow his orders.
In a weird way, Wesley Clark's experience raising his son has more bearing on his ability to lead the country than his military service. Is he any more qualified a leader than any average father?
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