Wesley Clark

(Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr.)

Wesley Clark
Wesley Clark
  • Born: December 23, 1944
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Soldier









Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr. is a retired General of the United States Army. He graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1966 at West Point and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master's degree in military science. He spent 34 years in the U.S. Army, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Quote Topics Cited
… losing hearts and minds can mean losing a war … War & Peace
A nation that cannot create jobs cannot survive. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
A parent who is high is unavailable to attend to the needs of a child. Families, Children & Parenting
A strong family is a necessary precursor to a healthy child. Families, Children & Parenting
Any time you are in a position of command, your views are colored by your desire for success of the mission. Military & Veterans
Don't ever, ever go to war unless you can describe and create a more desirable end state. And doing so takes a whole lot more than just the use of force. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Every war is different. It's of its own kind. War & Peace
Leaders don’t boss. Not if they’re any good. They persuade. America needs a whole lot more persuading and a lot less bossing. Leaders & Leadership
Neoconservatives believe that we can only be defined by having an enemy. Liberals & Conservatives
Nothing could be a more serious violation of public trust than to consciously make a war based on false claims. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Predicting the number of casualties is an impossibility. War & Peace
Shame on political leaders who would hide behind their top generals …. The Constitution is not ambivalent about where the responsibility for command lies—the president is the commander in chief. Leaders & Leadership
The best war is the one that doesn’t have to be fought, and the best military is the one capable and versatile enough to deter the next war in the first place. War & Peace
The Pentagon is always going to be the last to want to intervene. It is up to the civilians to tell us what they want to do and we’ll figure out how to do it. Military & Veterans ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The simple fact about alliances is that different nations have their own interests. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The U.S. public is more likely to sour on a conflict when it sees the military losing blood, not treasure. So to keep up our staying power, our skill in hunting and killing our foes has to be matched by our care in concealing and protecting our troops. Three particularly obvious requirements are body armor, mine-resistant vehicles, and telescopic and night sights for every weapon. But these things are expensive for a military that has historically been enamored of big-ticket items such as fighter planes, ships and missiles. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
There is a lot of juggling between NATO commitment and domestic politics in most countries [belonging to NATO.] Diplomacy & Diplomats
War strategy is always unique. It is like a chess game. The pieces are always the same but each game is unique War & Peace
Warfare evolves. It changes as a result of technology. It changes as the culture changes. War & Peace
We have an unfinished worldwide war against Al Qaida, a war that has to be won in conjunction with friends and allies and that ultimately will be won as much by persuasion as by the use of force. We've got to turn off the Al Qaida recruiting machine. Terrorism
When you label things as victory, you have to define what you mean by victory. War & Peace
You can’t take military action in war without the support of government. Military & Veterans
You can't give Russia the right to interfere with the internal affairs of counties in its area.... You have to drive up the cost to Russia for aggression. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You don’t just go to a summit meeting and say, ‘What do we talk about?’ These things require much planning. Each one of these meeting has consequences and we have to make sure we have the right consequences. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
You don't have a chance if you can't find a job. I don't think it penetrates the minds of this Administration what it must be like for a factory worker to arrive home to his family with the news that he's been laid off. What it must be like not to know what the future holds for your children, because you don't know what the future holds for you. What it must be like to see the government take hundreds of billions of dollars that could be used to fund job training, unemployment benefits, or jobs programs --- and instead to send that money off to people who have such staggering wealth that the new money won't make the tiniest improvement in their lifestyle. What it must be like to be told that tax cuts for the rich are necessary to create jobs for working people, and then to see jobs fall month after month for more than 30 months. If that doesn't break your heart, you don't have a heart. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You have to adapt your policies to changing circumstances. Policy & Policy Making ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A commander in chief with military experience might be able to prod a conservative military into thinking more imaginatively.
As president of the United States, my top priority will be to keep America safe. We're going to go after the terrorist networks. We're going to go after Osama bin Laden. We are not going to live in fear in this country.
China invaded India, and there was a war between India and China in some of the disputed terrain in 1962, and India got hurt by that. War & Peace
Europe and America must act together in the face of evil. It's high time for Americans and Europeans to restore that unity and be able to take actions collectively together. Time
Everybody in the military has a reputation, and usually it doesn't come out to the public.
For the United States to be a global leader, we have to have a very tight relationship with Europe. And we've held that relationship since 1949 when we established the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO. NATO is the bond. It's a security bond.
George W. Bush has helped those who have most, hurt those who have least and ignored everyone in between.
Gert was always of the mind that she wouldn't go to another church except the Catholic Church. So when I would date her in New York City, and later when we went to Oxford before we got married, we always went to the Catholic church.
I always said I would vote for a resolution that gave the president the leverage to go to the United Nations, and then come back to the Congress for the authority to go to force.
I like Hilary Clinton. I think she's - she's a fantastic leader.
I remember in the spring of 1971, a hundred thousand people converged on the Pentagon in June of 1971. They threw blood; I guess it was goat's blood or something, on the steps to the Pentagon. People were being accused of being murderers and baby killers. You just can't imagine the civic outrage.
I said the rosary, and I said the Our Father, as they call it in the Catholic Church. One of the things I learned in the conversion process was to say the rosary, and I had a set of rosary beads. So I said 'Hail Mary, full of grace.'
I think we're at risk with our democracy. I think we're dealing with the most closed, imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory. They even put Richard Nixon to shame.
I worked for the troops my entire time in the United States Armed Forces because we know in the United States Armed Forces that it's not the generals and the colonels that win battles, it's the soldiers: it's the people at the front, the mechanics with their wrenches, the drivers moving the logistics back in the rear. Time
In my experience, in bringing coercive diplomacy to bear against Slobodan Milosevic, no bomb strike was more important than maintaining NATO's cohesion.
In the 1950s, Pakistan allied with the United States in something called the Central Treaty Organization. We were lined up with, at that time, Iran, ruled by the Shah, and Pakistan and Turkey as a southward shield against Soviet expansion toward the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf. It was part of the containment strategy. Time
My mother told me once that she and my father agreed that I would not be brought up Jewish in Chicago. She had me going to a Methodist church.
Next to upholding the Constitution of the United States, the president's highest duty is to protect the security of this country - our national security.
Once I started first grade, I started going to Emmanuel Baptist Church regularly. I went to Sunday school. We had Bible readings and things like that.
One of the things I learned in the military is sometimes you don't know what mistakes you make for a long time. But as you go through a campaign, there's lots of decision points you make, and you don't know whether those are gonna be the right decision points or not. Time
Our men and women fighting in Iraq are held accountable for their performance and their conduct. On duty and off, twenty-four hours a day. They're fighting for us, for our safety, our rights, and our freedoms. Women
People make mistakes. And one of the mistakes that the United States consistently made was that it could intervene and somehow adjust people's governments, especially in the Middle East.
Russia and China, when they were communist-like adversaries, they didn't participate. They're participating now in the world with us. They're trading monetary instruments. We're buying and selling goods back and forth, trading oil and so forth.
Slobodan Milosevic was just as smart as a five-year-old. Five-year-olds have an uncanny way of getting into your psyche, your self-esteem.
The American public should simply accept no distractions. In our democracy, it is our duty to hold our elected leaders accountable. We do it at the ballot box.
The purpose of the European Union expansion is to bring stability to the East, and ultimately, that stability will come to Russia. There is no long term reason that Russia can't be part of the same peaceful community of nations.
The truth is, about the Middle East is, had there been no oil there, it would be like Africa. Nobody is threatening to intervene in Africa. Truth
The Ukrainians don't have the military means to stand up to Russia, but we haven't helped them militarily, either.
Turkey's a NATO member. If Turkey gets attacked, we have to help defend Turkey.
Ukraine is a big country. It is 45-46 million people. It has got a lot of modern industry; it also has a lot of very key resources. There is no reason for it not to be one of the leading countries of Europe.
Veterans have had a long record of leaning towards the Republican Party. I think that's changing. I think that President Obama has the strongest record with veterans among any president in my lifetime.
What I did warn about when I testified in front of Congress in 2002, I said if you want to worry about a state, it shouldn't be Iraq, it should be Iran. But this government, our administration, wanted to worry about Iraq, not Iran. Government
What I learned in the military is that gossip starts early and it stays forever.
When Bill Clinton ran in '92, and I listened to him, and I had of course known of his record from Arkansas, I found him extraordinarily inspirational, and I voted Democratic.
When we started after Osama bin Laden, we really decided to go after the Taliban. And we seemed to be content to kick the Taliban out of Kandahar. And then we let Osama bin Laden escape from Tora Bora.
You have to be true to what you believe in and do your duty.