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From AJR,   October 2001

General Commentator    

Retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark, former supreme allied commander in Europe, joins CNN as a military analyst.

By Kathryn S. Wenner
Kathryn S. Wenner, a former AJR associate editor, is a copy editor at the Washington Post.     


Retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark, former supreme allied commander in Europe, joins CNN as a military analyst. Clark, who has been working in his native Arkansas for investment bank Stephens Group in Little Rock, will provide commentary on national defense issues and military conflicts worldwide. A Vietnam veteran and former Rhodes Scholar, Clark, 56, commanded Operation Allied Force in Kosovo in 1999. "He is one of the most thoughtful people on issues pertaining to both military operations and strategic planning," said Judy Milestone, CNN senior vice president of bookings, in a press release. Mainstream media coverage of the military, Clark says, "doesn't have the prominence it did during the Cold War. It gets largely covered as a byproduct of political issues.... Where we're missing the coverage is in the day-in, day-out understanding of what the military is doing."

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