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Requiem for a Lightweight

General Wesley Clark leaves the race and takes his amazing résumé with him.

6:40 AM, Feb 11, 2004 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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But that never lessened his devotion to his father's résumé. Asked by Van Susteren what his father is like as a person, Wes told her, "I'll tell you what my dad is like. When dad came back from Vietnam, okay, he graduated first in his class from West Point. He's a Rhodes Scholar with a master's in economics."

It's tempting to suggest that Wesley Clark entered the race for the White House as Dwight Eisenhower and left as Ross Perot. But that wouldn't be fair. After all, Ross Perot didn't graduate first in his class, or win a Rhodes scholarship, or save Kosovo, or . . .

Jonathan V. Last is online editor of The Weekly Standard.