Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Gen. Clark says U.S. needs both strong economy and military

February 24th, 2012

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
February 24, 2012

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark says if America is going to succeed in the 21st century, it must retain its military strength and build a new, stronger economy.

“I’m worried about the future of America,” Clark said in a phone interview Thursday. “The (economic) model that served us so well in the Cold War era is passé, it’s gone.

“A nation that doesn’t successfully create jobs cannot succeed in an era of global competition,” he said. “We have to unlock the magic in America. We have it, we have to unlock it.”

Clark will give a public talk March 5 at Montana State University.

Clark, 67, served in Vietnam, survived being shot four times, rose through the ranks to become a four-star general, commanded NATO troops during the Kosovo War, and ran for president as a Democratic candidate in 2004. Today he lives in Arkansas, comments on foreign policy for news organizations like CNN and is involved in banking, teaching and public speaking.

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