Waging War on Wesley Clark

A Newsweek poll released today shows Gen. Wesley Clark leading the Democratic race less than a week after he threw his hat in the ring. In July 2001, Christopher Caldwell and Debra Dickerson discussed Clark’s book Waging Modern War in Slate’s “Book Club.” They were not impressed. Caldwell identified “an agenda of score-settling and ass-covering” at the book’s core, and Dickerson, who spent 12 years in the U.S. Air Force, declared, “Given the overpoliticization of today’s soldiers, we’d all have been better off had … Clark kept this book, his mind games and coup-counting, to himself.”