Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Friday, October 17, 2003
It would be a considerable overstatement to claim that infamous NY Times 'reporter' Kat Seelye has gone back to her old tricks. This article on Clark is generally quite positive, enough so to be cited without complaint by the Clark blog. This earlier piece, no longer free content, is favorable enough to have drawn at least one complaint of pro-Clark bias from the conservative blogosphere.
But both contain a questionable criticism: "In one incident in 1994, General Clark posed with Gen. Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian-Serb general accused of slaughtering hundreds of civilians. General Clark had been advised by the State Department not to meet with him, but he did anyway, swapping caps and posing for pictures."
I have discussed this charge at some length here. Clark flatly denies that his meeting with Mladic was contrary to instructions by the State Department. The incident doesn't seem to have troubled Richard Holbrooke, who was then Assistant Secretary of State for Europe. Holbrooke subsequently brought Clark onto his team for the Bosnia peace negotiations.
If Seelye has some evidence for doubting Clark's denial, she should say so. If she has none, she should at least mention Clark's version of events when repeating the claim.