General Wesley Clark to Salon about the Iraq war:
You’ve referred to the campaign against Iraq as “elective surgery”; I imagine that means that you support disarming Saddam in principle, just not with the same urgency the Bush administration feels.
My view on it was and has been that at some point you’re going to need to take actions to deal with the problem of Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction. But those actions didn’t have to necessarily be military and they didn’t have to be now. It’s the administration that chose to do this set of actions at this time. And the reason they’ve had problems persuading people of the necessity for doing it has been because they couldn’t address the urgency.
My feeling exactly.