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European Union To Run Its Own Candidate Against Cheney/Bush In 2004:
Former NATO Commander, Wesley Clark To Run on EU Ticket:
Looming Conflict Between U.S. Military And Cheney/Bush Regime Seen

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 16) - Retired Gen. Wesley Clark said Sunday he's thinking about challenging the Cheney/Bush regime in 2004 because he's concerned about the direction the administration is taking on international affairs.

"Well, I have thought about it,'' the former NATO supreme commander said on NBC's "Meet the Press.'' "And a lot of people, especially the Europeans, have asked me to think about it.''

Fourteen members of the European Union and the directors of six of Europe's largest banks threw their weight behind Clark's candidacy. In a joint news conference in Brussels, Tuesday, French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Belgium Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said that they strongly endorse the candidacy of General Clark and "would do everything in their power to bring about regime change in Washington."

Raffarin went even further condemning what he called "the decades of terror and meddling in European politics." He specifically cited the "Stay Behind" program of CIA Director, Allen Dulles. Under the "Stay Behind" program which was initiated after World War II many high profile Nazi's were allowed to escape justice and form an intelligence network for the U.S. against the Soviets as well as the U.S.'s European allies. The Nazi, Reinhard Gehlen, headed his own operation. Some of the hundreds of Nazi's that the U.S. and British helped escape included Klaus Barbie known as The Butcher of Lyon; Franz Steigel, the commandant of the Treblinka death camp; Gustav Wagner, the commandant of the death camp at Sorbibor; Walter Dornberger who directed slave labor at Peenemunde; and Werner von Braun head of Hitler's V-1 and V-2 rocket program and head of America's NASA space program.

"Most egregious," Raffarin continued, "is the continuation of U.S. meddling in Italian politics." He claimed that current Italian support for the Cheney/ Bush Iraqi oil grab comes out of the decades long alliance between the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies and pro-Nazi elements in Italy. "Berlusconi's support can be traced back directly to connections made through Operation Gladio and Propaganda Due (P2). Gladio and P2 were joint CIA/Italian fascist operations to disrupt Italian trade unions, murder leftist candidates, smuggle heroin and arms and to plant terrorist bombs in public places to insure "stability" in the Italian electoral process. "Stability" in this context meant a perpetuation of right wing control no matter the cost.

Clark usually gives a standard line that he is not currently a candidate, not a member of a political party and is not raising money, but the EU is ready to flood the American elections with the now very strong Euro dollar. "I don't know how far they're willing to take this," said White House Director of Clandestine Operations, Karl Rove, "but we've been fucking them over for years."

Clark, an Arkansas businessman, said that for him the question about running for president "is about whose going to control the world's resources, it's not about candidacies. The Europeans are upset. Now, I made some strong ties with the business community over there as commander of NATO.'' It was his first public acknowledgment that he's considering a run.

"We're at a turning point in American history here. We are about to embark on an operation that's going to put us in a colonial position in the Middle East following Britain, following the Ottomans,'' Clark said. "We plan to run the French and Russians off of their oil concerns in Iraq then run everybody else out of the Middle East. It's a huge change for the American people and for what this country has always pretended to stand for. I know there are those gathered in the Cheney/Bush administration who see a golden opportunity to steal everything now that the U.S. is the sole world power, but states like those in the EU are going to naturally resist, militarily if necessary. Remember, I'm a 'hawk'" an apparent reference to his reputation for brutality in Kosovo.

When asked if his candidacy was a further sign of the growing chasm between the U.S. military and the Cheney/Bush administration on matters of global hegemony, Clark answered, "No comment," but then added, "I will say. I'm not the only one who's been in the field that's unhappy with this current group of avaricious draft dodgers in Washington. The brass is just afraid to talk for fear of damaging their careers. But there isn't much you can do to me anymore by way of my military career."

Clark was asked about a travel schedule that sent him to New Hampshire, Iowa and back to New Hampshire over the last couple of years, and also included a lunch with Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

Clark said he's been "traveling all over this country'' since he left military service and he is concerned with how the administration has handled longtime allies, like those in Europe.

"This is an administration which really has disrespected our allies,'' he said.

Clark said one thing he learned in the Kosovo campaign is "if you really want allies, you've got to listen to their Economic desires, you've got to take them seriously, you've got to work with their business elite.''

If Clark decides to run, he would be joining a Democratic field that is about to grow to eight this coming week. Former Illinois Sen. Carol Mosely-Braun and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich are preparing to file papers to run for president.

Already in the race are former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Clark added as the press conference broke up, "Remember. I'm from Arkansas and I know the Mena area. I'm as much an heir to Iran/contra as Cheney or Bush. The underlying 'continuity' of U.S. politics would remain in tact under my regime."

02/16/03 15:24 EST

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