Salon readers weigh in on Gen. Wesley Clark's political prospects and new job at Fox News. Plus: Americans were never asked to go to war in Iraq in the first place.

By Salon Staff
Published June 21, 2005 8:29PM (EDT)

[Read "Get Moving," by Tim Grieve.]

I really enjoyed Tim Grieve's interview with Wes Clark. Mr. Grieve gave Clark plenty of opportunities to discuss important issues without asking questions designed to put Clark in a corner. Clark is not one to waste his time with political infighting, name-calling or finger-pointing. He keeps the discussion on a high plane and shows himself to be a man of integrity.

If he runs in 2008, he has my vote.

-- Allison Voedisch

I've just finished reading the interview with Wes Clark. A good part of the interview is about Iraq; he claims that we have to win there. The big question this: Is he serious about winning the war, or is he merely pretending? Bush is pretending. To win the war will probably take a commitment of about 500,000 troops and $200 billion per year for about 10 years.

Is any of this practical, politically? I doubt it. In any case, it will take a more substantial explanation than Mr. Clark provided in this article. He will have to justify the war to an American public that was led into it under the false pretenses. The war has turned out badly, and the price for winning it will be steep. It may be that there is a case to be made for all this, but Gen. Clark or anyone else who favors continuing the war will have to make it.

-- Jonathan Ryshpan

Why didn't Tim Grieve ask Clark about his position on the resumption of the military draft? Most Americans with children of draft age (I am childless but I can empathize) are asking that question. Though I am adamantly opposed to a draft, I wonder how we can succeed in Iraq without adding more troops. Why didn't Grieve ask for Clark's thoughts on the Middle East in general and even about his experience in Bosnia?

This interview featured too much boilerplate and not enough hard questions.

-- Lee Lowenfish

Gen. Clark is an asset to the Democratic Party, and his new role as a Fox News analyst is putting into practice what he's preaching in this interview: Democrats need to go into "hostile" territory to broaden our appeal.

-- Elizabeth Swift

Wes Clark said that Americans need to get moving.

Memo to the former Supreme Allied Commander/Presidential Candidate/Fox News consultant: Howard Dean speaks for me. Not you.

-- Capitola Banta

[Read "The Public Opinion Quagmire" in War Room.]

The idea that we Americans don't have the will to see this fight through, as expressed by columnist and military blogger Austin Bay, is a rather strange position, given that we were denied the opportunity to decide if we even wanted, as a nation, to take this war on. When you lie to your people and deceive them into thinking there is an immediate need to take military action, you can expect the enthusiasm to die down quickly once the deceit is revealed. We were never given the opportunity to have a national dialogue about the worthiness of this approach. Getting out now and letting the Iraqis sink or swim may not be the ideal solution, but it would be foolish to depend on this administration to lead us to a satisfactory resolution of this conflict.

-- Chester Dailey

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