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July 3, 2008

McCAIN CANNOT SAY WHY HIS MILITARY SERVICE MAKES HIM QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 1:33 pm

Asked about military service, presidential qualifications, McCain gets ‘visibly angry’
Posted July 2nd, 2008 at 3:50 pm

TNR’s Michael Crowley, commenting on the still-inexplicable Wesley Clark flap, noted today, “I do think the whole episode was bad for Obama in the short term, although if it plants seeds with MSM editors to think more critically about McCain’s military experience down the road that would be substantially mitigating.”

That sounds about right. The whole point of Clark’s comments, which he’s been emphasizing for quite some time, is that John McCain’s military service during the war in Vietnam, while obviously honorable, is not necessarily a presidential qualification, despite what the McCain campaign would have us believe. If news outlets stop to consider this point, just a little, in the midst of its Clark free for all, this might help change the nature of the discussion.

Consider what happened earlier today, while McCain was talking to reporters on a plane over Columbia, South America. The Clark subject came up, and McCain urged Obama to “cut him loose.” Then, ABC News’ David Wright explained, things got rather tense.

McCain became visibly angry when I asked him to explain how his Vietnam experience prepared him for the Presidency.

“Please,” he said, recoiling back in his seat in distaste at the very question.

McCain allies Sen. Lindsey Graham stepped in to rescue him. Graham expressed admiration for McCain’s stance on the treatment of detainees in US custody.

“That to me is a classic example of how his military experience helped him shape public policy in a way no other senator could have done,” Graham said.

Soon after, McCain “collected himself” and apologized for losing his cool. “I kind of reacted the way I did because I have a reluctance to talk about my experiences,” he said, adding, “I am always reluctant to talk about these things.”

McCAIN’SMILLITARY SERVICE QUALIFIES HIM FOR THE PRESIDENCY? BUT HE DOES NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT? HE DOES NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE THERE ARE EVENTS IN HIS MILITARY SERVICE THAT SUGGEST THAT HE SHOULD NOT BE PRESIDENT.

What an interesting exchange.

First, the question was pretty straightforward: how did McCain’s service in the war prepare him for the presidency? For a candidate who emphasizes his military service all the time, this shouldn’t have been especially difficult to answer, and it certainly shouldn’t have left him “visibly angry.”

Second, it’s curious that McCain explained his incensed reaction by pointing to his reluctance to “talk about my experiences.” Whether McCain talks about his service or not is entirely up to him, but he really doesn’t seem especially reluctant at all. In fact, McCain talks about his Vietnam service all the time, and his campaign has made it the basis for multiple campaign ads. Indeed, in one commercial, the McCain campaign literally included interrogation footage from McCain’s days as a prisoner of war.

Given this, it seems odd that a question about how this service prepared him for the presidency would set him off like this. Indeed, by constantly talking about his service, McCain has been making the implicit case that his military background necessarily prepared him for the presidency.

Is no one supposed to ask why?

FROM tHE CARPETBAGGER REPORT BY STEVE BENEN

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2 Comments »

  1. I think that, given our current situation, I’d prefer a POTUS who had served in our military. I’d especially prefer one who had undergone what Sen. McCain underwent during the Vietnam War. I’d also prefer one who had two sons in the military. McCain has a more visceral understanding of the war, its costs, and why it’s sometimes necessary than Obama ever can or would ever be willing to have.

    Should we ask why? Of course, if the questioner is ignorant enough not to already know the answer. That is rarely the case in these sort of questions though; they’re intended as attacks – attempts to either discredit McCain or to cause a breach between him and the more conservative end of the Right. Really! Who wouldn’t already know that a POTUS who’s been tortured is more qualified to address the Gitmo situation? Who wouldn’t already know that an ex-soldier (well, pilot – my service bigotry has to be shown) has more understanding of what war is than a civilian ever could.

    So when you ask “why can’t we ask these questions?” you might also want to ask “why are these questions being asked?” BTW – that should hold true for both candidates.

    Comment by jonolan — July 3, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

  2. A. US Grant was a briiliant General and a terrible President. Rutherford B. Hayes was a former general and a poor President.

    Looking at our wartime Presidents

    War of 1812 James Madison had no military experience (WON)

    Civil war Abraham Lincoln Limited military service (During the Black Hawk War, Abraham Lincoln of New Salem, Illinois served three enlistments. Each enrollment lasted for approximately 30 days.)
    (WON)

    World War One Woodrow Wilson had no military experience (WON)

    World War Two FDR had no military experience (WON)

    Korea Truman and Eisenhauer both had military experience (DRAW)

    Vietnam JFK and Nixon had military experience (LOST)

    DESERT STORM Bush the Elder had military experience (WON )

    Kosovo Bill Clinton had no military experience (WON)

    IRAQ/AFGANISTAN/IRAN GW Bush Military experience ? Outcome (I will leave that to you)

    IN MY VIEW ONLY EISENHAUER HAD THE KIND OF MILITARY EXPERIENCE THAT IS RELAVANT TO BEING COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. NIXON AS A NAVY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER MIGHT HAVE SOME RELAVANT INSIGHT . TRUMAN AS AN ARTILLARY CAPTAIN IN WORLD WAR ONE MIGHT HAVE SOME CLAIM.

    I will leave it to you to decide if military service is mandatory based on our previous war time Presidents.

    B. Is the Presidency McCain’s reward for being tortured?

    Is having been tortured a qualification for being President?

    McCain has his military record perceived as qualifying him to be President. He does not want it discussed because it could be exposed for the BS it is.

    Comment by gasdocpol — July 3, 2008 @ 2:43 pm


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