July 1st, 2008 16:03 EST
Did John McCain's Years As POW Render Him Psychologically Unfit
I have great respect for our young men and women who are serving their country in the military; we must treat them with respect and ensure they are well compensated.
But service in the military isn`t a qualification, requirement, or even an asset for a congressman, senator or president.
Exhibit # 1: Sen. John McCain has a military record that is above reproach, he was a prisoner of war for about 5 years in Vietnam. But his military career did not endow him with a special insight in how to address an international crisis. McCain has blindly supported Bush`s disastrous Iraq war policy, he has stated that he is willing to let our troops stay in Iraq for the next hundred years.
On the other hand, Sen. Barack Obama, never served in the military, but he had the insight and wisdom to oppose the illegal, immoral and unnecessary Iraq war from the start.
McCain basks in his military record, and often snidely alludes to Obama`s lack of military service.
Republicans have their panties in a twist over a remark that Gen. Wesley Clark made about McCain`s military experience:
Clark, the former supreme commander of NATO under Bill Clinton, said McCain`s military service was not the same as executive experience.
`In the matters of national security policy making, it`s a matter of understanding risk,` Clark said "It`s a matter of gauging your opponents, and it`s a matter of being held accountable. John McCain`s never done any of that in his official positions. 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.
`He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee and he has traveled all over the world, but he hasn`t held executive responsibility,` Clark said. ..
Clark has said as much before, but drew little notice. CBS moderator Bob Schieffer cited Clark`s earlier remarks and noted that Obama hadn`t had those experiences either nor had he ridden in a fighter plane and been shot down. `Well, I don`t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president,` Clark replied."
Quotation from the Associated Press
I find nothing controversial or inaccurate in Clark`s statement; he is simply saying that McCain`s military experience shouldn`t be considered a preparation for commander-in-chief or leader of the free world.
This may be politically-incorrect to point out, but McCain`s five years as a prisoner of war may have rendered him psychologically unfit to be president. Heavens only knows what irreparable psychological harm was done to the man; I certainly don`t want him anywhere near the "red button."
You don`t have to be a political junkie to know that McCain has a red-hot temper. McCain often resorts to profanity when dealing with fellow senators when they don`t agree with him on a bill pending in Congress. Will McCain bomb-bomb-bomb Iran because he woke up with a severe case of diarrhea?
I`m glad that Clark hasn`t wimped out, and issued an apology. He is standing by his statement, and as well he should. It should be noted that Clark isn`t a draft dodger, but a career military leader with a sterling record of service to his country.
The best thing for McCain, for our country and for the world is if McCain retires, I don`t think he`s fit to serve in the Senate. Thank goodness it looks like Obama will win in a landslide.