Donald Sensing reports that another retired four-star general has come out with comments questioning Wesley Clark’s integrity. First was former JCS Chairman Hugh Shelton and now former Army Chief of Staff Dennis Reimer.

This troubles me. It’s of concern that a man whose character was in question rose to four star rank. But, frankly, what troubles me more is that two men of this caliber are concerned enough to speak out yet unwilling to be specific. This is very unfair to Clark, since there’s no way to defend broad charges like this. It is incumbent on his accusers to be forthright in setting forth the charges.

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  1. Mercutio says:

    Seems more and more like it’s an attitude rather than any one specific act. We’ve all met people who we thought were more concerned with themselves than the job at hand and often it’s quite hard to explain those feelings in any cogent fashion to someone unfamiliar with the person in question. Still at this level, it would be hoped someone could at least try to be a little more specific.

  2. melvin toast says:

    If you believe Novak 🙂 you should be disturbed that he was of three star rank. The rumor was that he whined and the Clinton gang intervened to get him his fourth star.