Clark spouts more on Iraq... I think he will stick with this. Not just because it's easier to argue than the departing Bush's position, but because
Clark: Bush more concerned with 'political security' than national security
(01-13) 15:29 PST MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) --
Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark on Tuesday criticized the timing of an investigation of former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and
suggested President Bush was more concerned with "political security" than national security.
Campaigning in New Hampshire two weeks before its primary election, Clark called for a full congressional investigation into why the United States
went to war in Iraq.
"We don't know what the motivation was. We just don't know. We've spent $180 billion on it, we've lost 480 Americans, we've got 2,500 with
life-changing injuries," the retired general told reporters.
Clark contended that Bush was obsessed with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, and with establishing a national missile defense, in the months leading up to
the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks -- and did not do enough to protect the nation against such an attack....
....Clark contrasted the speed of the O'Neill investigation with the slow pace of an inquiry into who last summer divulged the name of a CIA official
whose husband had criticized the president's Iraq policy.
"They didn't wait 24 hours in initiating an investigation on Paul O'Neill," Clark said. "They're not concerned about national security. But
they're really concerned about political security. I think they've got their priorities upside down."
Democratic candidate Howard Dean echoed the criticism: "Paul O'Neill is not a threat to our national security," he said in a statement. "But the
disclosure of the identity of an undercover CIA operative undermines a key tenet of national security and is a violation of law." ....