Wesley Clark didn't just say that McCain's service was not a qualification for the presidency, with which with I agree, Clark ridiculed and
denigrated McCain's sacrifice.
"Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president," Clark replied.
I cannot think of a more insulting or more callous statement to say to a veteran and Clark knows that.
That is like me saying that Clark is unqualified for national service because he brown-nosed and blew his way up the chain-of-command. It negates the
work and dedication it took to rise to his level of command.
McCain's service is what it is. His time in captivity exemplifies a philosophy of determination and commitment to his nation and his fellow
prisoners. It is just a small, but very significant, portion of the totality of his national service.
It is the totality of McCain's service to his nation that makes him qualified to be president.
The real reason to vote against McCain is that you don't like his policies or his voting record, not that his war service was less spectacular than
Wesley Clark's ego maniacal view of his own war service.
Very many Americans know this because they themselves have served and the vast majority of American veterans know that what Clark said about McCain
along with his tone are unacceptable.
Clark can talk out of both sides of his mouth and fool most Americans, but to those who have served, ridiculing another vet's honorable service,
regardless of how humble is the lowest of the low.
Clark wounded the Obama campaign, though perhaps not yet mortally.
Even Bob Beckel told Clark to shut up.
Now, for those who are going to start screaming about John Kerry, remember this.
Kerry grandstanded his way through Vietnam and abused the system by accumulating Purple Hearts for wounds that that would not have yielded a Purple
Heart for any other service member serving at the time Kerry was serving.
Kerry and I served contemporaneously and by the time we arrived in-country the criteria for the medal had been made more stringent, because
previously the medal had been awarded for wounds that did not require treatment by a medical officer.
Kerry also came home from the war and smeared every veteran who had served in Vietnam by gathering up a bunch of lying wannabes to tell fairy tales to
Vietnam vets were not likely to let that slide, no matter how many years had passed.