Wesley Clark defended his criticism of John McCain in a statement that concludes, “as an American and former military officer I will not back down if I believe someone doesn’t have sound judgment when it comes to our nation’s most critical issues.”
For years, McCain argued that more troops and a better strategy would improve conditions in Iraq and he tied his political fortunes to the success of the surge — and his judgment has been vindicated.
But back when the surge was announced in January of 2007, Clark wrote in an op-ed for the Independent that the surge would backfire:
The truth is that, however brutal the fighting in Iraq for our troops, the underlying problems are political. Vicious ethnic cleansing is under way right under the noses of our troops, as various factions fight for power and survival. In this environment security is unlikely to come from smothering the struggle with a blanket of forces – it cannot be smothered easily, for additional US efforts can stir additional resistance – but rather from more effective action to resolve the struggle at the political level.