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Soros Placing Chips on Clark

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Not all his chips, of course. But it’s the biggest bet he’s placed yet. From The New York Sun:

George Soros is giving a financial boost to the political fortunes of a former four-star general, Wesley Clark, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and is poised to mount another bid in 2008.

Mr. Soros gave $75,000 in July to a political group led by General Clark, Wes-Pac, according to a report filed yesterday with the Internal Revenue Service.

It is the largest known gift from Mr. Soros this year to a political organization affiliated with a contender for the presidency in 2008. [ … ]

In April, Mr. Soros hosted a fund-raiser for WesPac at his home in Manhattan. General Clark also serves on the board of a nongovernmental organization supported by Mr. Soros, the International Crisis Group.

I received this via my brother from an Israel watchdog group that spotted some not-so-supportive-of-Israel remarks General Clark apparently made in a speech he gave at the University of Alabama last Friday (the 13th). Here’s the video, and here’s an article on the speech from the Tuscaloosa News (on Clark’s website, Securing America) which reports that Clark “took the Bush administration to task on practically all its foreign policy initiatives” — not talking directly to North Korea and Iran, not putting enough soldiers into Afghanistan to get Osama at the beginning, rushing into an Iraq war that has served al Qaeda’s interests and contemplating actions in Iran and Syria that would do the same. The article doesn’t mention Israel, and as yet no transcript of the speech is posted on Clark’s website. (The video link is there, and a transcript is promised.) I don’t have time to watch the whole video, so the following quote on Israel, from the Israel watchdog group’s e-mail, is unconfirmed by me:

We’ve made some serious, serious mistakes, the latest being – it’s hard to pick the latest – but one of them, recently, was the one where we sided with the Israelis in that air campaign in Lebanon. And instead of stopping the bombing, we were cheerleading it. It hurt Israel, it hurt Lebanon, and it hurt us. It helped Iran.

Clark, unfortunately from my point of view, is swinging left, stumping for Lamont and garnering praise from Daily Kos. It’s obviously proving a shrewd move short-term, since it scored the KA-CHING! from Soros. What it has to do with “Securing America” is a matter of debate.