Retired U.S. Gen. Wesley Clark, a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, has questioned whether Sen. John McCain’s military experience qualified him to be commander-in-chief.
Clark – referring to McCain’s experience, or lack thereof, in setting national security policies and understanding the risk involved in such matters – said, “I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands and millions of others in the armed forces, as a prisoner of war. And he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn’t held executive responsibility,” said Clark, a former NATO commander…
“He hasn’t been there and ordered the bombs to fall. He hasn’t seen what it’s like when diplomats come in and say, I don’t know whether we’re going to be able to get this point through or not,” Clark said.
Schieffer noted that Obama did not have any of those experiences, nor had he “ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down.”
“Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president,” Clark said.
Someone had to say it, sooner or later.
OK, that’s the official, nice guy comment. Poisonally, I think if you stepped back and looked at the VietNam War and realized here was the United States saying, once again, “We’re the cops of the World” – McCain should have had enough of a brain to NOT enlist. McCain was already in because he played follow the leader for his family and went to Annapolis.
Sorry, dude – but, I not only did not enlist, I fought and beat the fracking military draft and ended up doing a pretty good job of counseling other young men on how to stay out of the idiot military in VietNam. A War worth losing.