Here’s a comment I left (editted just slightly) to this post at Eschaton, talking about General Clark and whether he should have opposed the Iraq war:
I respect Clark’s position – and, to a lesser extent, Kerry’s.
When the President of the United States tells you that there is a serious and imminent threat you don’t really have a choice. You just have to go along. Our LIVES depend on believing him. Even if you can’t see the threat it’s the President’s JOB to be looking out for it. This is especially true if you are in the military or have a military background. (That was my only edit.) Maybe he knows something he can’t tell you. You don’t have a choice. And, most important, no president has ever betrayed that trust before and it is hard to imagine one so corrupt that he would.
Now it’s done, and we can look back, and it’s really looking a lot like Bush lied, and betrayed that trust that protects all of our lives, and used it for political and financial gain for his cronies. This may be the worst thing that any President has ever done – the worst political crime ever committed in the U.S.
But BEFORE, we had no choice, really, because we HAVE TO trust that when the President says there is a threat to our lives, he is telling the truth!
Now Kerry, I think has less of an excuse. He had access to the intelligence. I was in the room when he was asked if there was something going on that the public does not know about, and he said, “No.” That was his entire answer. So he has less of an excuse than most of us. He should have done much more to expose that.
But Clark is NOT “in the loop” and, like I said, when the President of the United States says we have to do something because there is a threat to our lives, we don’t really have any choice if we want to stay alive. Now that it’s over and we can look back and see what Bush did, it is absolutely essential for our own protection that we get Bush out of there. We can’t trust and believe him next time, and next time there might actually BE a threat!