Wesley Clark slams Romney, GOP candidates on national security

“Some of the candidates seem to be rattling the sabers for a war with Iran, with one candidate placing heavy emphasis on covert action as though he just invented the idea, and that nothing is happening,” Clark said, according to prepared remarks. “Which is cute, since the definition of covert action is that it is not acknowledged.”

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In a Nov. 12 debate on foreign policy, Romney criticized Obama for not telling Iranian dissidents he would support them through covert means. Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain echoed calls for increased covert action by U.S. forces.

Clark’s comments came the day before the Republican candidates were set to address national security during a CNN debate.

“One candidate said of Osama bin Laden, ‘It’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollar just trying to catch one person,’ ” Clark said, in another reference to the former Massachusetts governor. “But like all of us, he cheered his demise."

Clark and the other military heavyweights also heaped praise on Obama’s record of leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan, praising his success in killing al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and imposing tough sanctions on Iran.

“While President Obama has kept his promises across the globe, the leading Republicans have been all over the map,” Clark said.

Clark also pointed out that the GOP candidates criticized Obama’s behind-the-scenes approach to effecting regime change in Libya, but then praised the outcome when that approach paid off.

"The president handled it brilliantly,” added Danzig.