Wesley Clark for Emperor?


| October 8, 2003 Issue


Harking back to the warnings of Hadrian against the "folly of limitless empire," Christopher Lydon compares Wesley Clark with the 2nd-Century Roman emperor and "first-class warrior". Lydon notes that Hadrian was unwilling to overstretch Rome's armed forces, specifically in Mesopatamia, and preferred instead to restore and build areas already under Roman control. This seems to be Clark's position, as well, Lydon states, interspersing writings from Hadrian with quotes from Clark. "Hadrian set the context in which I heard Clark," Lydon says of a recent speech by the new candidate -- another very quick tough military mind who speaks his experience and his curiosity about the world fluidly, with (to my ears) a very striking mix of caution and confidence."
-- Joel Stonington

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