Speaking to a capacity crowd of 1,200 at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire, Clark, the four-star former NATO Supreme Commander turned Democratic presidential candidate, accused Bush of choosing the June 30 transition date in Iraq for domestic political purposes, United Press International reported.
The date could enable the president to claim at the Republican National Convention in New York that he has already handed over key powers in Iraq to the Iraqi people themselves.
"This president plays politics with national security," Clark said. "He is now playing politics with the June 30 date." The June 30 dateline "not only puts our troops at risk, it puts the mission at risk," Clark told the crowd to huge applause.