by Scoobie Davis
Is General Wesley Clark a Myth?
On Thursday, I mentioned how Rush Limbaugh on his radio show referred to Wesley Clark as a myth. Here's the entire context of his comments Limbaugh made when he spoke to a caller:
George Washington threw a silver dollar across the Potomac. John Kerry threw his medals across the Potomac. We're in the business of creating myths about all thee guys aren't we? [Excitedly] That's what Wesley Clark is, he's a total myth! That is the word I've been looking for all day. Sorry, it took me almost three hours to get it. You're exactly right. He is a myth. They are constructing a myth.
National Review's Richard Brookhiser has similar thoughts: "Wesley Clark is George McClellan--proud, smart, by the book, untalented, incompetent. All stars, no battles."
REALITY: A myth? No battles? Here's Tom Junod in Esquire (click here for the entire story):
His stride is at once jaunty and athletic and somewhat artificial, like the stride of a man who has devoted time to teaching himself how to walk . . . as, in fact, he has, after getting shot four times in Vietnam. Taught himself to walk again, without a limp, despite the fact that a quarter of his calf muscle was gone; taught himself to shake hands manfully, despite the loss of the muscle around his right thumb. He had to learn those things because, as his wife says, he was desperately afraid of being profiled out of the Army.