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Gen. Wesley CLark: Fair-haired Boy Wonder or ‘Supreme Being’?

We should perhaps have gotten a clue from the people chosen to prosecute this war based on lies. General Wesley Clark was the golden-haired boy chosen by Clinton to carry out the deed. If you don't think of the word "Waco" every time you hear the name "Wesley Clark," you should. What General Clark did to those at Waco, he did to the citizens of Yugoslavia a thousand-fold over.
To understand what is happening now in South Central Asia, it is first necessary to understand what happened in Waco and Yugoslavia.
From Waco to Kosovo
General Wesley Clark:
Fair-haired Boy Wonder or 'Supreme Being'?
© 2002 by Jim Moore, from the forthcoming book "Big Oil - Big War: The true story of September 11, 2001 and the 'War on Terror' - Writer's Club Press: San Jose, New York, Lincoln, Shanghai.
We should perhaps have gotten a clue from the people chosen to prosecute this war based on lies. General Wesley Clark was the golden-haired boy chosen by Clinton to carry out the deed. If you don't think of the word "Waco" every time you hear the name "Wesley Clark," you should. What General Clark did to those at Waco, he did to the citizens of Yugoslavia a thousand-fold over.
Despite the Posse Comitatus Act, which specifically forbids the use of US military forces as an internal American police force (an act, by the way, that has been killed since September 12, 2001), members of the US military, many of them dressed in civilian clothes to keep their illegal operation a secret, were swarming around the Branch Davidian "compound" like red wasps after a spring rain - even before that deadly raid that stunned American TV viewers February 28, 1993 and dragged on until April 19 before it finally ended in a ball of fire.
After that initial raid, then-Texas Governor Ann Richards requested a meeting with knowledgeable military authorities. Her request went to Ft. Hood Army base, where the commanding officer of the US Army's III Corps referred her to the Cavalry Division of the III Corps, whose commander was Wesley Clark. Clark refused to meet with her, so she was relegated to talking to his "Number Two," the assistant division commander, who, according to records of the subsequent Congressional inquiry, advised her on what military equipment might be used in a subsequent raid. At Richard's request, he also met with the head of the Texas National Guard.
This establishes that the military raid was long-planned and not a "last act of desperation" it was painted to be. Five days before that fateful April 19, two senior Army officers made a very quiet trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Attorney General Janet Reno and Justice-FBI officials to review the upcoming attack. The names of those two men has been a well-guarded secret ever since. Not even Congress, in preparing its 186-page "Investigation into the Activities of Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Toward the Branch Davidians," was able to find their names.
There are reports, unconfirmed, that Gen. Clark himself was one of those two men, and that he went to Washington to personally push for a military solution.
What is known is that on April 13, the day before the meeting, one of those two men reconnoitered the Davidian farm with the assignment of figuring out what kind of attack the military would launch. He told Reno in that April 14 meeting that "if the military had been called on to end a barricade situation as part of a military operation in a foreign country, it would focus its efforts on 'taking out' the leader of the operation", i.e., assassination.
Reno apparently concurred and called on Gen. Wesley Clark to provide a small army of military weapons, including tanks and attack helicopters. The only way it could "legally" be done would be to falsely accuse David Koresh and his followers of being drug runners. It didn't seem to bother either Reno or Clark that the accusation was totally fabricated out of thin air or that their actions violated the Posse Comitatus Act or that it violated the Nuremberg laws under which so many of Adolf Hitler's henchmen were hanged. The end justified the means.
Clark exhibited the same "leadership traits" he would later show in the Balkan Wars: eagerness to take out the leader (Koresh and later Milosevic), an utter disregard for the lives of innocent men, women and children; arrogant miscalculations about the effects of the force used; and of course a total disregard for any applicable laws.
Clark was well rewarded for his Waco slaughter and was named Supreme Allied Commander. He is literally covered with ribbons to attest to his so-called heroics. Most politicians and journalists are given a respectful hearing in his presence as he matter-of-factly lays out the "schedule" for the destruction of a nation, embracing those favorite phrases of the military such as "systematic" and "methodical." That, after all, is how you destroy a sovereign nation - or a religious "cult."
Former army subordinates tell a much more revealing, and less flattering, story, according to an article in CounterPunch.
( http://www.counterpunch.org/clark.html)
"He is the poster child for everything that is wrong with the GO (general officer) corps," swears one colonel who has observed him in action, citing among others his command of the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood from 1992 to 1994, the period during which Waco occurred. Oddly, he was transferred in April 1994, as criticism and investigations of Waco began to heat up. Was he perhaps transferred to get him quietly out of the picture?
Anyone who has been in the military will quickly tell you - no military commander casually "lends" 17 pieces of armor and 15 active service personnel under his command to anyone - certainly not the FBI or any other law enforcement agency. Not willingly. The principle is short and sweet: my men, my arms, my show.
In fact, the Waco disaster may indeed have been Clark's "show." The ineptitude with which the mission was carried out is quite characteristic of Clark, as was the showmanship nature of the raid. The code word to begin the raid was "It's Show Time."
Contrary to what most Americans thought as they watched the Waco drama unfold, it wasn't a BATF/FBI operation that went wrong, necessitating the "help" of the military. The military's fingerprints were all over it, and those fingerprints came from Ft. Hood, where Clark was CO.
Here is a list of military personnel and equipment used at Waco:
Active Duty Personnel - 15
Texas National Guard Personnel - 13
Track Vehicles
Bradley fighting vehicle (OMZ) - 9
Combat engineer vehicle (M728) - 5
Tank retrieval vehicle (M88) - 1
Abrams tank (M1A1) - 2
(Source: Dept. of the Treasury, Report of the Dept. of the Treasury on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Investigation of Vernon Wayne Howell, aka David Koresh, U.S. Govt. Printing Office, Sept. 1993)
Photocopy available at  http://www.monumental.com/SkyWriter/WacoMuseum/war/doc/w_doc04.gif)
In a legal operation, the command structure would have been publicly announced, but since it wasn't, the illegal transfer of equipment was shrugged off as nothing more than a simple "rent a car" operation.
As Ken McCarthy, of the web site BrassCheck.com points out, there are so many parallels between the way Waco was handled and the way the Balkan war was handled that it seems quite likely the same man led both charges.
In an initial account of the raid submitted by David T. Hardy, a lawyer who fought to open up the evidence to public scrutiny, it is noted:
"The incident originated in an attempt by the [BATF] to serve search and arrest warrants on a building, known to its residents as Mount Carmel, located in a rural area a few miles outside of Waco, Texas. The operation required mustering approximately a hundred agents (flown in from sites around the country and who received military training at Ft. Hood. They traveled in a convoy of sixty vehicles and were supported by three National Guard helicopters and one fixed-wing aircraft with armored vehicles in reserve." ( http://www.indirect.com/www/dhardy/waco.html)
Obviously, the Army wasn't just called in after BATF botched the raid; the Army was in it from the beginning, even to the pre-raid training. Following standard operating procedures, that would have required pre-raid military intelligence reconnoitering in order to draw up the attack plans, create the training program and then watch the whole thing go down (if not actually participating).
There are at least two locally-published photographs of armored vehicles at and on their way to Mt. Carmel on the very day of the raid. Another press photograph taken the day after the raid shows at l;east nine military vehicles stationed at nearby Texas State Technical College, which quickly became the command center for "Operation Trojan Horse" as it was called.
President Clinton, shortly after the April 19 burn-out, said "The first thing I did after (emphasis added) the ATF agents were killed, once we knew that the FBI was going to go in, was to ask that the military be consulted because of the quasi-military nature of the conflict." (Washington Times, 24 April 1993)
Clark's reward for keeping his mouth shut and covering his Commander-in-Chief's butt was a promotion to NATO Supreme Allied Commander.
The government, trying to cover its trail, quickly pointed out that, "See, one of the tanks was actually operated by an FBI agent - not the military." But there was no reference to the other 16 military vehicles used in that raid.
Quite early in the siege, "Operation Trojan Horse" became a magnet for special forces troops around the US and from Britain who came to observe the effectiveness of various high-tech devices and tactics being tried out against Mt. Carmel. (London Sunday Times, "FBI brings out secret electronic weapons as Waco Seige drags on", 21 March 1993.
Photocopy at  http://www.monumental.com/SkyWriter/WacoMuseum/war/fig/w_fig01.jpg.
The raid was Feb. 28; the London Times story was Mar. 21, stating "observer teams from the American Delta Force and British SAS has already visited Waco." Little trans-oceanic field trips like this aren't thrown together in a few days or weeks, as any serviceman familiar with the lumbering military bureaucracy can tell you. There were many details to take care of, all having to "go through channels": hotel reservations, plane reservations, briefing tour schedules, etc. This indicates extensive pre-planning and/or a pre-existing relationship with Delta Force and SAS on the part of the Ft. Hood CO - an officer who would have had to had some unusual connections to pull of this "show and tell" as Ken McCarthy called it. Wesley Clark matched those requirements precisely.
TRADOC (US Army Training and Doctrine Command), where Clark was Deputy Chief of Staff for Concepts, Doctrine and Developments at Ft. Monroe, VA Oct. 1991-Aug. 1992, just before he moved to Ft. Hood, has as its primary mission to "prepare solders for war and design the army of the future." ( http://www-tradoc.army.mil)
Item No. 1 from its vision statement is to "enable America's Army to operate with joint, multinational and interagency partners across the full range of operations." That would include working with BATF-FBI, as well as SAS.
There was no other officer at Ft. Hood with the credentials necessary to pull this off, and - as you'll see later - even if there had been, it would have out of character for Clark to let anyone else share the limelight and to rub elbows with the likes of the US Attorney General.
Additionally, why would foreign special forces troops, even Delta Force, be interested in observing a mere BATF-FBI operation? And how would the BATF-FBI happen to have top-secret high tech military warfare technology in their hands ahead of time? Who in BATF-FBI would know how to operate this new technology? It certainly didn't come from any law enforcement agency.
In truth, the FBI's role was secondary - to keep up the negotiations everyone knew were a sham anyway (just as the "negotiations" with Slobodan Milosevic were a sham), and to act as a front for the real operation.
There are seven eerie similarities between how Waco and Yugoslavia were handled that strongly bear Clark's footprints, suggesting that is was most likely he who personally urged Janet Reno to sign off on the military assault plan for Waco, as McCarthy points out.
1. Tight control over and censorship of a cooperative US news media.
2. Attribution of civilian casualty reports to "enemy propaganda.
3. Declaration that the attacks were for "humanitarian" purposes to "stop the bad guys."
4. Breaking numerous negotiated agreements, then calling the other side "unreliable."
5. Offering "negotiation" terms that amount to no more than an ultimatum for total surrender, and then withholding these facts from the public, while punishing the other side for its "refusal to accept a reasonable settlement."
6. Coordination of a propaganda effort prior to the assault, to justify the assault.
7. Accusing the other side of crimes or atrocities which they did not commit.

In addition, McCarthy writes, there are certain tactics that exhibit Clark's unique arrogance:
1. Symbolic destruction of property dear to the enemy, destruction of which was unnecessary to meet any military objectives.
2. Obsession with silencing the "enemy's propaganda."
3. Mislabeling the nature of the attacking force.
4. Failure to plan for contingencies that would have been obvious to most other planners.
5. Assuming the "enemy" would quickly fold to Clark's display of massive force.
6. The killing of large numbers of non-combatants by "accident" and the convenient loss or destruction (also "by accident") of evidence that would confirm this.
7. Tactical incompetence on an epic scale, driven by Clark's egotistical desire to have his own "personal accomplishments" recorded on video for posterity.

Let's look at each of these Waco-Yugoslavia comparisons in detail.
1. Symbolic destruction of property dear to the enemy, destruction of which was unnecessary to meet any military objectives.
Yugoslavia: Milosevic's private home was bombed repeatedly in spite of the fact that it was not a military target and was located in a residential neighborhood.
Waco: Tank operators repeatedly rolled over and destroyed numerous vehicles belonging to the church which Karesh, an avid car mechanic, had personally worked on.
2. Obsession with silencing the victim's "propaganda"
Yugoslavia: Clark repeatedly bombed Yugoslavian television and radio transmitters and stations, even though NATO had promised in writing not to attack stations. Several workers were killed in these attacks. Clark declared them "legitimate military targets" though their only function was news reporting and entertainment.
Waco: One of the first acts of post-raid Waco was cutting off the complex's phone system to anyone but the FBI and disabling its short wave radio system. As the siege wore on, the electricity was also cut off, turned back on, then cut off again.
3. Mislabeling the nature of the attacking force
Yugoslavia: The war was painted as a NATO operation. In reality, the vast majority of funding, manpower, aircraft, targeting and munitions were provided by the US and the operation was commanded by a US general. The entire operation was in violation of the NATO charter, US law, and the UN Charter.
Waco: The assault was painted as an ATF, then FBI operation. In reality, the training, tactics, equipment and essential manpower were provided by the US military and the operation was commanded by a US general. The entire operation was in violation of US law.
4. Failure to plan for obvious contingencies
Yugoslavia: No meaningful preparations were made for the likelihood of large numbers of refugees, who, after all, the war was supposedly being fought on behalf of. However, immense military power was arranged for.
Waco: No ambulance was on call during the initial raid in spite of the fact that over 100 armed agents were involved and the complex housed numerous women and children as well as men who were thought to be armed. However, a convoy of armored vehicles was provided as a "backup."
5. Assuming the victims would "fold" immediately to a massive show of force
Yugoslavia: It took over 70 days of terror bombing and attacks on basic life support services to win a surrender. Clark initially predicted settlement in a matter of days.
Waco: Mr. Carmel residents, who, in keeping with rural Texas culture, were well armed, (they were also legally licensed gun dealers), returned fire on the attacking ATF agents killing four of them. They then held out for another 50 days until being gassed and burned alive.
(It's important to note that the ATF agents continued firing until they completely ran out of ammunition. They then had to retreat one mile across an open field. Not a single shot was fired by the Branch Davidians during their retreat.)
6. Non-combatants were killed in large numbers "by accident" using the most vicious of weapons.
Video evidence of assaults was "lost" due to unlikely technical problems
Yugoslavia: Clark's PR people claim the flight camera malfunctioned in the US warplane that killed 87 Albanian refugees in Korisa in Kosovo. Clark's extensive use of cluster bombs and his targeting of hospitals and other health care facilities, including old age homes and maternity wards, is well documented
Waco: Key video taken during the initial raid was declared "not shot" because, say ATF officials, the Branch Davidians "jammed" their video camera operations with "radio signals." (Video people know this is ridiculous.) The footage from other videos and still pictures, official and unofficial, taken during the raid also "disappeared." The gas attack on the residents of Mt. Carmel was sheer savagery.
8. And last but not least, tactical incompetence on an epic scale driven by Clark's desire to have his accomplishments recorded for posterity on video.
Yugoslavia: Clark stopped the movement of British troops into Kosovo to give unprepared US troops a chance to get in place for a triumphant televised liberation scene. Meanwhile, the Russian army, which Clark was trying to keep out of the Kosovo "peacekeeping" mission, marched in and secured the province's key strategic area, the airport at Pristina.
Waco: Local television news media were informed of the Mt. Carmel raid the day before and by showing up at the scene (one news van got lost and reportedly asked neighbors where the raid was), removed the surprise element and completely undermined the raid.
The bottom line on Clark's modus operandi: Murder innocent civilians with cold blooded viciousness for personal and political gain, add heavy doses of military incompetence, then sell it to the President, who is apparently an eager buyer.
This is the man Bill Clinton, who like Clark is 50-something, an Arkansas native, and a Rhodes Scholar, would like to make commander-in-chief for the defense of the continental U.S.
In the meantime, he intends to be supreme commander of "peacekeeping" efforts in Kosovo.
One last thing about Clark: In between Waco and Yugoslavia: "General Clark's last assignment was as Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command, Panama, from June 1996 to July 1997, where he commanded all U.S. forces and was responsible for the direction of most U.S. military activities and interests in Latin America and the Caribbean." - the part of the world where the US has raised military, police, and paramilitary (death squad) collaboration to a high art.
Clark's official Pentagon biography proudly proclaims his success in "transitioning the Division into a rapidly deployable force." The colonel, though, describes the "1st Horse Division" as "easily the worst division I have ever seen in 25 years of doing this stuff."
Another officer, a major in the 3rd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson when Clark was CO there in the early 1980s calls Clark a man who "regards each and every one of his subordinates as a potential threat to his career."
Still another veteran, an enlisted man, recalls Clark's "massive tantrum [at Ft. Hood] because the privates and sergeants and wives in the crowded [canteen] checkout lines didn't jump out of the way fast enough to let him through."
To those who hold rank over him, he is the consummate butt-kisser, a talent that won him rich dividends and kicked him from a two-star to three-star general in early 1994. When he was up for the promotion, only one thing stood in his way: a war game exercise known as the Battle Command Training Program. Clark was supposed to maneuver his own division against an opposing force (OPFOR). His military opponent had a reputation for routinely demolishing his opponents.
But Clark's superiors wanted his "yes-man" talents so badly they rigged the contest, sending down orders that under no circumstances was Clark to lose. To guarantee this, the OPFOR's troop strength was cut in half, forcing them "to basically fight with one hand tied behind our backs." Despite tactics of "humorous ineptitude," he still got his coveted third star.
The Army's highest venue for battle exercises and war games is the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California, where Clark was commander from October 1989 to October 1991 - and where his men mockingly nicknamed him "Section Leader Six" for his obsession with micro-management, a technique widely discredited in the everyday business world.
At the NTC, army units face a resident OPFOR that has the advantage of knowing the terrain like the backs of their hands and has the latest in innovative battle tactics. This, of course, was a problem for Clark's "Blue Force," using unconventional tactics. Clark's tactics, according to his men, was to deliberately lose, so as to ingratiate himself with those opposing OPFOR generals who might someday be called upon to rule on Clark's own career advancement.
Since becoming NATO commander, even civilians have noticed his obsession with rank and his apparent attitude that he is not some "mere mortal in uniform," but a god. The entourage he carries with him has become enormous. Senate aides recall his appearances to testify, as a small army of Clark aides scurry about to adjust the room lights, polish his chair, test the microphone, etc. prior to the highly-choreographed moment when he makes his triumphal entrance like he was Julius Caesar.
"We are already state of the art pomposity up here," one aide said, "so when a witness displays those traits so egregiously that even the senators notice, you know we're in trouble."
His NATO subordinates, true to his Napoleon complex, call him "the Supreme Being."
"Clark is smart," concludes one military official who has monitored Clark's career. "But his whole life has been spent manipulating appearances (e.g. the doctored OPFOR exercise) in the interests of his career. Now [with the Balkan Wars] he's faced with a reality he can't control. Watch the carpets at NATO headquarters for teeth marks."
After his "victory" in Yugoslavia, Clark publicly let slip his gargantuan ego when, appearing with Clinton, he proudly proclaimed, "I knew we would win it." He then apparently caught himself and the fawning started, when he quickly added, "I knew you would win it, Mr. President." (Terence Hunt, Associated Press Correspondent, "Clinton Claims Victory in Air War," 10 June 1999.)

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