I hope my AmSpec brethren and sistren, as well as our dedicated readers can forgive me for missing General Wesley Clark’s keynote this morning at YearlyKos. I was up late filing this bit on yesterday’s proceedings, and this morning as I pulled my reporting bag together I realized I was more interested in breakfast than Clark. If it makes you feel any better, Clark wasn’t all that interesting last year:
I wanted to get inside the heads of people who would eagerly accept retired NATO Supreme Commander Wesley Clark’s inclusion on the Championing Science panel, while Arianna Huffington held down the National Security discussion, redefining the word “banal” and the phrase “about as deep as a spoon” — did you know they didn’t find any WMDs in Iraq? — along the way.
In place of new material, I offer my favorite bit of Clark talk, which I collected in January 2004:
And what would a Clark event be without some really bonkers proposal, à la the infamous time machine? In response to a question on fuel efficiency, he told a woman that there was “no reason we can’t move beyond the gas powered engine.” His “dream” is to build a series of “smart highways.”
“What if you had electrically powered vehicles that could actually pick up power out of the roadway?” Clark asked. “And they were light weight, not heavy? And with modern technology, what if they were remotely controlled? You could flip a switch and have it automatically drive down the center of the highway, maintain proper speed, not bump into the car ahead of it, know where the other cars were in front of it.”
At least we’ll have David Brock, no, friends?
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