Monday, December 22, 2003

Clark Fires Back at Tom DeLay

On Meet The Press yesterday Tom DeLay lit into Wesley Clark. The Clark campaign didn’t let that go unanswered:

Clark Campaign Beats The Spit Out Of Tom ‘Chicken-Hawk’ Delay

This morning on Meet the Press, when asked about Clark’s criticism of the Bush administration’s failure to capture those responsible for 9/11 and his stance that the threat in Iraq was not imminent, Tom Delay said, “unfortunately Wesley Clark must live in a different world.”

Clark Campaign Strategist Reid Cherlin responded to Tom ‘Chicken-hawk’ Delay’s latest cowardly comments, “The closest to real combat that Tom ‘Chicken-Hawk’ Delay has ever come was when he got himself a student deferment from Vietnam and instead suited up in his exterminator outfit and defended the people of Texas against invading cockroaches, marauding red ants and hostile moths. Wes Clark has seen real combat, given his blood for our country, and commanded troops in battle, which is why he believes we need to win the war on terrorism instead of declaring victory when we all know that the terrorists directly responsible for 9/11 are still out there at large. General Clark lives in a world where he believes that America will be stronger, safer and more secure if we are focused on winning the war against the terrorists, getting Osama bin Laden and working with our Allies.”

Just to remind people of the Chicken-hawk’s views on military service, here is what he has said about his lack of military experience, in an excerpt from the Houston Press:

“He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. ‘So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself.’ Satisfied with the pronouncement, which dumbfounded more than a few of his listeners who had lived the sixties, DeLay marched off to the convention.” [Houston Press, 1/7/99]

They toned it down in a later release, but it’s nice to see a Democrat go after a Republican for a change.

[via TAPPED]