#1 Democrat with military background assails McCain's credentials06-30-2008, 11:55 AM
By Brian Knowlton
Sunday, June 29, 2008
WASHINGTON: With Senator Barack Obama planning to visit the Middle East and Europe in an apparent effort to burnish his foreign policy credentials, the credentials of his likely presidential rival, Senator John McCain, came under sharp attack Sunday from a man considered a possible Democratic vice presidential candidate.
The retired general Wesley Clark said McCain had not "held executive responsibility" and had not commanded troops in wartime.
McCain's experience in Vietnam, where he was a prisoner of war for five years, has seemed at times almost to grant him invulnerability to criticism of his security background. But on Sunday he was assailed by a fellow military man, a highly decorated one who was once the NATO supreme commander.
McCain frequently points out that he led "the largest squadron in the U.S. Navy," but Clark said on CBS television that that was not enough to support a claim to the presidency.
"He hasn't been there and ordered the bombs to fall" as a wartime commander, the general said on CBS. Clark is mentioned as a possible Obama running mate, although he originally supported Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
When the interviewer, Bob Schieffer, noted to Clark that McCain had been shot down over Hanoi, Clark replied, "I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president."
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/...a/campaign.phpAt Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
06-30-2008, 01:40 PMWhen the interviewer, Bob Schieffer, noted to Clark that McCain had been shot down over Hanoi, Clark replied, "I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president."
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06-30-2008, 01:42 PMThe retired general Wesley Clark said McCain had not "held executive responsibility" and had not commanded troops in wartime.
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06-30-2008, 02:20 PM
This tactic from the Obama campaign is suicidal.
He can hit McCain for voting for the Iraq war, but to attempt a not-so-covert attack on this old barnacle's military perspective and how that might relate to the office, is idiotic.
The tide will come back in on this issue and Mr. Shuck & Jive may see the Old Man’s teeth.At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
06-30-2008, 03:09 PM
Weasly should practice what he preaches
I live by a simple rule. If you wore the uniform, if you served your nation with honor, and especially if you fought and were wounded in battle, then you have earned the right to be treated with respect.
That's why I am so outraged that the Republican party has systematically attacked the wartime service and patriotism of veterans who are running for office as Democrats. It is despicable -- the sign of a party more concerned about hanging onto power by any means possible than with giving veterans the respect they have earned.
GoldwaterGuest06-30-2008, 09:32 PM
Not a good tactic to use, especially since the left loved McCain for saying the original swiftboat stuff was reminiscent of SC 2000.
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06-30-2008, 11:11 PM
Crap like what Clark said over the weekend is very transparent.
No one on a campaign makes statements like he did unless they had it planned
and approved. Obama can now come out and poo poo Clark all he wants.
The point is Clark made the statements Obama's people wanted him to make,
they've been made and no one is going to give a crap about any apologies.
The point was for Clark to make the statements and get them out in the press.
Everything after that is pure bullshit.
06-30-2008, 11:39 PM
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Clark was answering a question from Sheiffer. He was making an observation. I heard him say
that McCain was his hero. He was proud of his service. He said getting shot down while serving was
not a qualification for president. Good example. Gator served in the military honorably and I would dare say with the exception of being a POW...served just as gallantly as McCain. Is Gator qualified to be president because he served in the military?
This board is very hypocritical when it comes to dissing our men in uniform. Ya'll will diss Gator at the drop of a hat and are doing it to a 4 star General because he made an observation which hurt McCain's feelings.
I have a problem with McCain 's lack of searching for other POW's while he constantly uses his military service just like Kerry did.
I don't think being a soldier or POW qualifies one for office nor does a community organizer. It's about the future and not about the past. Anyone want to run Gator for president..He did serve as a combat vet in Nam? HONORABLY. Credentials in the senate I would think and legislation is something that is debate worthy but not military service. It is honorable but it is not a qualification.
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