Wesley Clark

Knowledge Identifier: +Wesley_Clark

add

Wesley Clark

Retired general of the United States Army add

Category: Politics

Born in 1944.

Countries: United States (39%), United Kingdom (8%), Washington (5%)

Main connections: United States Military Academy, John Kerry, White House

Linked to: United States Military Academy, United States Southern Command, Democratic Party, The New York Times

 

Timeline


 

This timeline needs to be reviewed and corrected, as it has been automatically generated from multiple web sources.
Please help improve it by adding dated informations, images and videos about Wesley Clark.


Wesley Clark was born in 1944 add something


1948

His father Benjamin died on December 6, 1948, following which his mother moved the family to Little Rock, Arkansas , Arkansas add something


1962

Clark applied, and was accepted on April 24, 1962 add something

 

Clark's military career began July 2, 1962, when he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York add something


 

Graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1966 at West Point, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master's degree in military science add something


1968

Clark worked in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program during his Rhodes Scholarship, completing his degree at Magdalen College at the University of Oxford in August 1968 add something


1969

Vietnam War - Clark was assigned a position in the 1st Infantry Division and flew to Vietnam on May 21, 1969 during the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War add something


1970

Clark was given command of A Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry of the 1st Infantry Division in January 1970 add something


1971

Clark has said this command is what made him decide to continue his military career past the five-year commitment required by West Point, which would have concluded in 1971 add something

 

He served as an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point for three years from July 1971 to 1974 add something

 

His next posting was to the office of the Army Chief of Staff in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the "Modern Volunteer Army" program from May to July 1971 add something


1975

In 1975, Clark was appointed a White House Fellow in the Office of Management and Budget as a special assistant to its director, James Thomas Lynn add something

 

Dennis C. Blair - He served as a White House Fellow from 1975-76 with Wesley Clark and Marshall Carter, who later became chairman of the New York Stock Exchange


1976

He worked with the movement that ultimately helped lead to the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Clark served in two commands with the 1st Armored Division based in Germany from August 1976 to February 1978, first as S-3 of the 3rd Battalion 35th Armor and as S-3 of the entire 3rd Brigade add something


1978

Haig personally selected Clark to serve as a special assistant on his staff, a post he held from February 1978 to June 1979 add something


1979

After his European post, he moved on to Fort Carson where he served first as the executive officer of the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division from August 1979 to February 1980, as the commander of the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor, 4th Infantry Division from February 1980 to July 1982 add something


1982

After studying there from June 1982 to 1983, Clark graduated and was promoted to full colonel in October 1983 add something


1983

Following his graduation, Clark worked in Washington, D.C. from July 1983 to 1984 in the offices of the Chief and Deputy Chiefs of Staff of the United States Army, and earned a second Legion of Merit for his work add something


1984

He served as the Operations Group commander at the Fort Irwin Military Reservation from August 1984 to June 1986 add something


 

He was awarded yet another Legion of Merit and a Meritorious Service Medal for his work at Fort Irwin, and was given a brigade command at Fort Carson in 1986 add something

 

Veneta Clark, Wesley's mother, fell ill as he began this command and died on Mother's Day in 1986 add something

 

He commanded the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry there from April 1986 to March 1988 add something


1989

After Fort Carson, Clark returned to the Command and General Staff College to direct and further develop the Battle Command Training Program there until October 1989 add something

 

Clark returned to Fort Irwin and commanded the National Training Center from October 1989 to 1991 add something


1994

Clark began planning work for responses to the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina upon his appointment in 1994 as the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy on the JCS staff add something

 

Clark's next assignment was an appointment as the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy , on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , from April 1994 to June 1996 add something

 

His final Officer Evaluation Report for his command at Fort Hood called him "one of the Army's best and brightest"; Clark was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his work at Fort Hood and was promoted to lieutenant general at the end of his command in April 1994 add something


1995

$Dayton, Ohio Agreement - After returning to Washington D.C. for funeral services, the negotiations continued and the team eventually reached the Dayton, Ohio Agreement at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio and later signed it in Paris on December 14, 1995 add something


1996

This deadline ended in 1996 and Clark said he was not optimistic about receiving such a promotion because rumors at the time suggested General Dennis Reimer did not want to recommend him for promotion although "no specific reason was given" add something

 

Congress approved his promotion to full general in June 1996, and General John M. Shalikashvili signed the order add something


1997

Clark returned to the European theater and the Balkans following his USSOUTHCOM position when he was appointed to U.S. European Command in the summer of 1997 by President Clinton add something

 

Arnold Resnicoff - From 1997 to 2000, Resnicoff was the first Jewish Chaplain to serve at the level of Command Chaplain for a Unified Combatant Command, serving as chaplain for the United States European Command , under the leadership of General Wesley Clark


1999

Kosovo War - Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000 add something

 

Operation Allied Force experienced another problem when NATO bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade on May 7, 1999 add something

 

Clark received another call from General Shelton in July 1999 in which he was told that Secretary Cohen wanted Clark to leave his command in April 2000 add something

 

Tenet would later explain in testimony before the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on July 22, 1999 that the targeting system used street addresses, which gave inaccurate positions for air bombings and that the various databases of off-limit targets did not have the up-to-date address for the relatively new embassy location, although there were some that did not accept this explanation add something


2000

Clark began a public speaking tour in the summer of 2000 and approached several former government officials for advice on work after life in government, including House Speaker Newt Gingrich, White House Chief of Staff Mack McLarty, and Richard Holbrooke add something

 

Clark has been awarded some honors as a civilian, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000 add something

 

Clark has said that he began to truly define his politics only after his military retirement in 2000 around the 2000 presidential election that would give George W. Bush the presidency add something

 

Clark has said that he voted for Al Gore in 2000, but has voted for Republicans such as Ronald Reagan, held equal esteem for Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman, and had been a registered independent voter throughout his military career add something

 

Patricof, a supporter of Al Gore in 2000, met with all the Democratic candidates and ultimately supported Clark in 2004 add something

 

Clark spent the remainder of his time as SACEUR overseeing peacekeeper forces and, without a new command to take, was forced into retirement from the military on May 2, 2000 add something

 

Alan Mcilwraith - In 2000s, Mcilwraith served in the NATO chain of command as an Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Wesley Clark


2003

He took several other board positions at defense-related firms, and in March 2003 he amicably left the Stephens Group to found Wesley K. Clark & Associates add something

 

A "Draft Clark" campaign began to grow with the launch of DraftWesleyClark.com on April 10, 2003 add something

 

Another media incident started during the New Hampshire primary September 27, 2003, when Clark was asked by space shuttle astronaut Jay C. Buckey what his vision for the space program was after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster add something

 

2003 invasion of Iraq - General Wesley Clark, the former Supreme NATO Allied Commander and Joint Chiefs of Staff Director of Strategy and Policy, describes in his 2003 book, "Winning Modern Wars", his conversation with a military officer in the Pentagon shortly after 9/11 regarding a plan to attack seven Middle Eastern countries in five years: "As I went back through the Pentagon in November 2001, one of the senior military staff officers had time for a chat

 

Meg Ryan - In 2003, she supported Wesley Clark's campaign for U.S. president


2004

Iraq War - The day after he launched his campaign, for example, he was asked if he would have voted for the Iraq War Resolution, which granted President Bush the power to wage the Iraq War, a large issue in the 2004 campaign add something

 

Clark announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential primary elections from Little Rock, Arkansas on September 17, 2003, months after the other candidates add something

 

Clark met with a group of wealthy New York Democrats including Alan Patricof to tell them he was considering running for the presidency in the 2004 election add something

 

Conservative pundit Robert Novak later referred to the hat exchange in a column during Clark's 2004 presidential campaign, citing it as a "problem" with Clark as a candidate add something

 

DraftClark2004.com, another website in support of drafting Clark, was the first organization to register as a political action committee in June 2003 to persuade Clark to run add something

 

General Hugh Shelton would say of Clark during his 2004 campaign that "the reason he came out of Europe early had to do with integrity and character issues, things that are very near and dear to my heart add something

 

Katharine Q. Seelye wrote that many believed Clark had only chosen to be a Democrat in 2004 because it was "the only party that did not have a nominee add something

 

The 2004 Iowa caucuses marked a turning point in the campaign for the Democratic nomination, however, as front-runners Dean and Dick Gephardt garnered results far lower than expected, and John Kerry and John Edwards' campaigns benefited in Clark's absence add something

 

We intend to do the same in 2004 by drafting General Clark add something

 

Clark joined the 2004 race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination as a candidate on September 17, 2003, but withdrew from the primary race on February 11, 2004, after winning the Oklahoma state primary, endorsing and campaigning for the eventual Democratic nominee, John Kerry add something

 

He withdrew from the race on February 11, 2004 and announced his endorsement of John Kerry at a rally in Madison, Alabama, Wisconsin , Wisconsin on February 13 add something

 

He founded his current political action committee, WesPAC, in April 2004 add something

 

Ron Klain - During the 2004 Presidential campaign, Klain worked as an adviser to Wesley Clark in the early primaries


2005

Fox News Channel announced in June 2005 that they had signed General Clark as a military and foreign affairs analyst add something

 

Americablog - The blog helped expose Jeff Gannon in 2005, and in 2006 helped make cell phone privacy an issue by obtaining Gen. Wesley Clark's call records


2006

Clark campaigned heavily throughout the 2006 midterm election campaign, supporting numerous Democrats in a variety of federal, statewide, and state legislature campaigns add something

 

Lawrence Wilkerson - In September 2006 in a conference call Wilkerson expressed support for Wesley Clark and Anthony Zinni


2007

Clark has opposed taking military action against Iran and in January 2007 he criticized what he called "New York money people" pushing for a war add something


2008

Clark was considered a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2008, but, on September 15, 2007, endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton add something

 

Clark was mentioned as a potential 2008 presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket before endorsing Hillary Clinton for President add something

 

Clark, however, publicly endorsed Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius for the position, introducing her as "the next Vice President of the United States" at a June 2008 fundraiser in Texas add something

 

On June 29, 2008, Clark made comments on "Face the Nation" that were critical of Republican John McCain, calling into question the notion that McCain's military service alone had given him experience relevant to being president add something


2011

People's Mujahedin of Iran - In 2011, several former senior U.S. officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, three former chairmen of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, two former directors of the CIA, former commander of NATO Wesley Clark, two former U.S. Ambassadors to the United Nations, the former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, a former White House Chief of Staff, a former commander of the United States Marine Corps, former U.S. National Security Advisor Frances Townsend, and U.S. President Barack Obama's retired National Security Adviser General James L. Jones called for the MEK


2012

Since July 2012, he acts as an honorary special advisor to Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta in economic and security matters add something


 

In 2013, General Clark was awarded the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship award by the Prague Society for International Cooperation add something

 

John Perry Barlow - General Wesley Clark caused a stir in the media when he attended Burning Man in 2013 and spent time with Barlow and Harvey


2017

On 5 November 2017, the Paradise Papers, a set of confidential electronic documents relating to offshore investment, revealed that online gambling company The Stars Group, Amaya, along with its former member of board of directors Wesley Clark made business with offshore law firm Appleby add something