When asked by a reporter what he would have done as President in 1998, Clark said: "I don't know if I could have taken him out, I believe I could." But just one day earlier, on Wednesday, Clark said with confidence that if he were President now, he would have both Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden by this time.
Jamie Rubin, Clark's foreign policy advisor, served as Assistant Secretary of State under Clinton. Rubin told ABC News that the current administration needs to dedicate more resources to fighting terrorism -- something Clinton, and now Clark, would do if given the opportunity.
Subtle atrategy, subtle attack
LACONIA, N.H., Dec. 17— In a "Conversations with Clark" meeting Wednesday night, Clark closed the town hall meeting like he does any other: asking people to throw house parties and "come over" to the Clark04 team. "I need you help. I'm not a politician," The General began. And then….the attack on Democratic rival Howard Dean. "I haven't spent my life running for this thing. I didn't go down there and argue with Al Gore three years ago and say I might run against you."
A new 30-second Clark ad will begin airing in New Hampshire today called "Leader." General Clark speaks directly to the camera in the commercial, focusing on his plans for Iraq. Later this week, there will be another 30-second ad filmed in New Hampshire.
Media consultant Joe Slade White will be in town to film a "Conversations with Clark" at an elementary school on Friday, followed by an interview with the candidate. White told ABC News he doesn't "film spots," but rather collects his footage and lets the spots make themselves. "All the issues flow out of his life," White said.
When asked about radio spots for Clark, White said they could be expected up in the next week or two.
Clark returns from Hague
BOSTON, Dec. 16— "Welcome Home General Clark" signs filled Terminal E of Boston's Logan Airport as groups of Kosovar Albanians, Bosnians, and native Bostonians scrambled to shake General Clark's hand, congratulate him, and give him flowers on his return to the U.S.
Clark told reporters it "felt good" to see Milosevic on trial at the end of the prosecution phase at The Hague. Clark seemed happy with how his testimony went at The Hague and how he was received overseas.
He told ABC News that if he were elected president, he'd probably be the most popular American president in England. But General Clark could not be happy about one thing. One of his suitcases was missing. Fortunately for Clark, it was only his suit bag and he had on his standard dress for the flight-navy suit, white shirt, red tie. Really, who will know the difference?
Clark staff beats back Lieberman's barbs
NEW YORK CITY, Dec. 15 — Even with Gen. Clark overseas in The Hague testifying in the war crimes trial of Milosevic, the news of the day could not be swung away from the capture of Saddam Hussein. And the question of the day for many of the Democratic candidates became-if you had been President, where would Saddam Hussein be?
Sen. Joe Lieberman told reporters on a conference call that "if Howard Dean and Wesley Clark had their way, Saddam Hussein would be in power today and not in prison, and the world and America would be a much more dangerous place."