Wes Clark addresses "the defining struggle of our time"
by Tom Rinaldo, Fri Jul 27, 2007 at 06:40:40 PM EDT
Last night Charlie Rose had General Wesley Clark on as his guest for a half hour of his PBS TV show. At one point Rose asked Clark a blunt simple question; What's the defining struggle of our time? Immediately before that they had finished talking about the Middle East and were talking about the rise of China. I wonder if Charlie Rose expected the answer he got from Wes Clark:
Charlie Rose: What's the defining struggle of our time?
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: Well, I, I think the defining struggle in America right now, in America, is the question of the distribution of income and whether we're going to keep the doors of opportunity open for all Americans regardless of what their family income status is, whether there's still a chance for ordinary Americans to make it to the top, or whether the screening process starts early with admission to preschool and, you know, and which elementary school you've gone to to determine-
Charlie Rose: Yeah.
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: -whether you're going to make the scores to get to Harvard, to get to Harvard Business School to end up at some elite financial institution or whatever.
Charlie Rose: The kind you consult with.
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: The, the kind that I'm very familiar with.
Charlie Rose: (laughs)
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: And, you know, right now those institutions are filled with a bunch of really ordinary Americans, people who come from all across, with all kinds of family backgrounds. America is a wide open society. I hope it'll continue to be that in the future.
Charlie Rose: Mm.
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: I think that's the immediate issue really facing this country.
Both the video and transcript of the entire interview is available at
This was just a small part of a very interesting discussion.