Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr född den 23 december 1944 är en pensionerad general från den amerikanska armén. Han gick ut militärhögskolan i West Point 1966. Clark har tjänstgjort i Vietnam men är mest känd för att ha lett de amerikanska operationerna under kriget i Kosovo mellan 1997 och 2000.
Clark ställde upp i presidentvalet 2004 som kandidat för det demokratiska partiet, men drog sig ut i primärvalet.
USAs plan för Mellanöstern och Afrika
I en intervju inför det amerikanska presidentvalet 2004 berättade Clark om USA:s planer att invadera eller störta regeringarna i sju länder inom fem år. Dessa länder var Irak, Syrien, Libanon, Libyen, Somalia, Sudan och Iran.
Han berättade också om regeringen Bush beslut att invadera Irak 2003 utan att kunna uppvisa ett giltigt skäl till detta. Clark menade också att orsaken till stormakternas intresse för Mellanöstern var oljan. Utan olja skulle regionen ha samma intresse för väst som Afrika, det vill säga att ingen skulle vilja lägga sig i regionens konflikter.
Transkribering av video
Because I had been through the Pentagon right after 9/11. About ten days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in.
- He said, "Sir, you've got to come in and talk to me a second."
- I said, "Well, you're too busy."
- He said, "No, no." He says, "We've made the decision we're going to war with Iraq." This was on or about the 20th of September.
- I said, "We're going to war with Iraq? Why?"
- He said, "I don't know." He said, "I guess they don't know what else to do."
- So I said, "Well, did they find some information connecting Saddam to al-Qaeda?"
- He said, "No, no." He says, "There's nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq." He said, "I guess it's like we don't know what to do about terrorists, but we've got a good military and we can take down governments."
- And he said, "I guess if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail."
So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan.
- I said, "Are we still going to war with Iraq?"
- And he said, "Oh, it's worse than that." He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, "I just got this down from upstairs" -- meaning the Secretary of Defense's office -- "today."
- And he said, "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran."
- I said, "Is it classified?"
- He said, "Yes, sir."
- I said, "Well, don't show it to me."
And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, "You remember that?"
- He said, "Sir, I didn't show you that memo! I didn't show it to you!"
- The truth about the Middle East is that, had there been no oil there it would be like Africa. No one is threatening to intervene in Africa. – Wesley Clark