Who tried to negotiate a pipeline deal with the Taliban AFTER they blew up the buddhas and forced jews to wear stars of David ? Who goes and works for Halliburton and the Carlyle Group when they leave office (or continue working for them while in office)? …Who has blocked and prevented any After Action Review as to what happened on 9/11? Who tried to block the creation of a Department of Homeland Security? Who has not fired or brought to accountability a SINGLE PERSON for the intelligence failure that led to 9/11? But the most important question of all – WHO WAS THE PRESIDENT FOR NINE MONTHS PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 11TH? … George W. Bush.
[Posted on Dailykos.com, June 21, 2003, 10:29 a.m.]
Who posted the above accusations? None other than Wesley Clark Jr., the general’s kid. The candidate-of-the-moment’s son is a 33-year-old screenwriter, lives in L.A., handsome guy like his dad, shuns the media.
“I just don’t want to be that guy in the press,” Mr. Clark said, his voice a mix of Arkansas and gravel. “I’m married, I’m having a baby in January, and we just want a quiet, simple life. I’m a writer because I don’t like being all that public.”
But if you search the bloggy ether, you’ll find some of his musings on Dailykos.com, a salon for liberal wonks. Like many news junkies, he’s got some strong opinions. “I don’t even know where to go on that,” Mr. Clark said when asked about Iraq. “I don’t think the country should have gone in there. They weren’t a threat to us!”
Mr. Clark was himself a soldier once and doesn’t consider himself a radical. He said he’s worried that “Bushco”-his shorthand for the Bush administration and its allies at Halliburton, the Carlyle Group, etc.-has led the U.S. astray. “This country is heading off a cliff. And there’s lot of people who can see we’re heading off a cliff, and there’s everybody else who’s just in complete denial,” he said.
The answer? Dad, of course!
“I honestly think, if anyone’s going to solve the country’s problems, he’s going to do it,” Wes Jr. said. “I was pushing him to run stronger than anyone. I said, ‘Look, I served in the Army for four years, you served in the Army for 32 years, how can you not step forward and do this?’ And, you know, maybe I guilt-tripped him into it.”
Which is not to say that Wes Jr.’s views have always fallen into neat formation behind his father’s. “I lean farther left than my dad,” he said, adding that he voted for Ralph Nader in the 2000 election.
Life in L.A. has been pretty good. He said he has four projects in development right now with Warner Brothers, Radiant Pictures, Robert Cort Productions and Three Arts Entertainment. One of them, called Cold Shelter , is about a patriotic C.I.A. agent who heads to Cold War Germany to infiltrate a gang of bad guys, only to question the values of the government he had always fought to uphold.
Wes Jr. was born in Jacksonville, Fla., while his dad was in Vietnam. He was raised on military bases throughout the U.S. and Europe during the Cold War. Back then, he said, he was “somewhat of a conservative, because when you grow up in the military, you grow up with all the other kids, and it’s a very conservative kind of world.” He did four years at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, four years in the U.S. Army. It was only after he retired his fatigues that his views began to thaw. “When I was 22 years old, I thought I knew everything that the world was about, and I really didn’t,” he said. “Conservatism is all about emotion, because it just doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense that you’d want to live in a society that’s Darwinian-especially when you don’t believe in evolution.
“But these are just my opinions; they’re not my dad’s,” he added. “It’s like giving ammunition to Karl Rove if I open my mouth and say the wrong thing! I mean, you’ve got to understand-I didn’t think my dad was going to run, even the day before the announcement. So I never really thought I’d be in a situation where my words would be parsed.”
Which might explain why he felt free during the summer to post on Dailykos.com. In these postings, he offered tangy observations on the Bush Presidency, along with insider insights into his father’s policy positions. “He won’t be running as a Republican. He IS NOT campaigning for a VP slot,” he wrote in a July 9 post. “He’s stated that … he’s pro-choice, that he’s pro-affirmative action, that he’s pro-union, that the tax code should remain progressive, that multilateral solutions should be found for the world’s security concerns, that he was against the decision to go to war in Iraq and that we need stronger social safety nets. I don’t know what other positions people need to find out which direction he leans but it seems fairly clear to me.”
Before long, Web crawlers began posing as “Wesley Clark Jr.” and serving up some outlandish morsels on Dailykos.com, including a petulant exchange with someone claiming to be “Howard Dean IV.” “Okay, if your dad is so tough, why did he spend his Vietnam years skiing in Aspen while my father took four bullets in Vietnam?” sniffed the “Wes Jr.” impostor.
Until now, Wes Jr.’s name has raised few eyebrows in L.A.. “People out here, they really don’t know anything about the military unless they were in it,” he said. “Before, if someone thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that guy’s dad the head of NATO?’, they’d think it was the North American Theaters Association.”
But with Dad emerging as the Democratic front-runner, pushed into the limelight by ClintonCo, Wes Jr. may be in for some trying times. For most of his life, he was fairly insulated from his father’s public persona, though he did date a Serbian woman while General Clark was dropping bombs on Belgrade, and that was complicated. “I still can’t quite get a handle on it,” he said.
Prisoner or Manhattan Single?
Think you can judge a person from a personal ad? The following personals were posted by either A) New York City–area singles on the Web site Nerve.com or B) convicts on the Web site Writeaprisoner.com. Can you guess which are city singles and which are incarcerated?
1. “Chemistry is something you can’t predict. You either feel that spark or not. That said, I’m looking for someone smart, kind, and attractive with a quick sense of humor? I’m searching for an equally adventurous person. Hopefully your knowledgeable about the arts and well-read.”
2. “I enjoy music, drawing, walks in the moonlight, good company, and conversation, along with romantic evenings with that special someone. I hope that I’ve caught someone’s attention, and look forward to hearing from you!”
3. “I paint, draw, work in wood and just tinker with all kinds of mediums. I like meeting eccentric people with alternative lifestyles, as well as down to earth individuals. I’m a Cancer, very loyal and genuine, left handed, free spirit always in a good mood. Not into games or fake people.”
4. “I’m looking for a guy who is good looking not gorgeous-at this point I’m looking more for the chemistry to be right … a person that is able to have a great conversation no matter what the topic is. I am not in to the bar scene I think is very impersonal. I’m not looking for a one night stand, I recently was in a serious relationship for five years that ended about a year a go. I am not in to playing games. I like someone who is honest no matter what the outcome is.”
5. “I consider myself kind, loving, caring, sensitive, affectionate, and very understanding, with a heart filled with love to give that special person. I am looking to meet new people from all walks of life, to share thoughts, feelings, ideas, interests, and hopefully become friends. During my free time I enjoy reading, computer, Playstation, writing, and listening to music. I love the rainy nights, rainbows, waterfalls, and moonlit walks on the beaches. My favorite color is red and my favorite flower is a rose. I am a spiritual person.”
6. “Can you go dancing till dawn and enjoy a museum. Are you willing to try new things just for the experience. Are you more concerned with being yourself than what others think. Are you an individual and not just part of the crowd. Do you have stories that make you who you are. Do you understand that everyone has faults and can love them just the same. Do you understand that we only go around once in this life and want to make the best of it.”
7. “I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own. If you can dance with the wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitation of being human. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, fade it, or fix it. If you can love without judgment, seek for your own desires, and open yourself to one soul. If you can then I am ‘the one.’ My invitation is sealed to thee, open if you please. I am an erotic, 25 year old seeking the depth of life and love and pleasures beyond reality.”
8. “Mostly I’ve been in the restaurant business, but my real passion is bridge. I’m a life master, accredited teacher, certified director, and give both class and private lessons. I also write short stories and movie treatments. I’m a kind hearted person with loving children.”
9. “I am humorous, tall, beautiful, sexy and statuesque. Beauty and brain in one package. And many friends of mine said that I am beautiful enough to be Miss China, but you will be the judge.”
10. “I am a sincere man with a good sense of humor. I am well rounded and can hold a conversation on a variety of different topics. Open up yourself to me and I will listen.”
11. “I’m open-minded, sense of humor, and warm-hearted. I enjoy drawing, art shows, writing, music, jogging, sports, classic movies, cooking, fishing, outdoor activities, rainy days, and quiet evenings. I have a great sense of humor and charming personality.”
12. “I am very respectful, caring, honest, devoted, and loving man who enjoys making others happy as well as myself. I like reading, writing, yoga and working out. I am seeking a mature female who is honest, very outspoken, down to earth, and has a great sense of humor, and is confident in all choices she makes in life.”
13. “I am looking for a strong (mentally) man, with sense of humor, easy going and sensitive.”
14. “As for myself, I am fun-loving, athletic, and (I like to think) intelligent. I enjoy lifting weights and playing a variety of sports. I also enjoy clubbing and dancing. The beach, camping and the casino are also a few other interests I have. I’m always willing to try something new.”
1. New York single. 2. Prisoner (burglary). 3. Prisoner (murder). 4. New York single. 5. Prisoner (trafficking cocaine). 6. New York single. 7. Prisoner (aggravated robbery). 8. Prisoner (second-degree murder). 9. New York single. 10. New York single. 11. Prisoner (attempted burglary, second-degree). 12. Prisoner (homicide). 13. New York single. 14. Prisoner (breaking and entering).
I couldn’t care less about Ireland, even though I’m half Irish. In fact, I have no interest in EVER visiting any country or continent, unless I’m being paid. Except Japan, Thailand, Tahiti … no, Indonesia is off the list. ‘Cause there’s insane people there who want me dead. Maybe-MAYBE-I’ll check out England one day. I did Rome-eight days was more than enough. Communist freaks. Paris? Most memorable experience there besides a nice park I went to (Central Park kicks its ass) was when I took a dump in a bidet, then bagged the shit and hurled it out my window onto a roof. Hope it’s still there. My three days in Gstaad were miserable even though I banged a nanny. Bahamas, been there three times, got bit by a hermit crab. Canada and Alaska, sure, love to. Mexico? Fuck that. South America? Negative. Africa? Nope, never. Missed my 15th-year high-school reunion and my good buddy’s wedding because I didn’t much feel like traveling to Connecticut. See, I like to be within walking distance of my pad and my kitty. Australia? I’d rather spend two weeks in the Tombs. I’m cool with New York City, Kansas once a year, L.A. every three years.