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  1. #1 "Wesley Clark : "Have you no sense of decency?" 
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    Bad time to question McCain's qualifications

    “General Clark spent a month in Vietnam, got badly wounded and was evacuated, that was his experience,” Bud Day said. “Let’s hold the two of them up and compare.”

    It was perverse -- not to mention tone-deaf and foolish -- for Barack Obama's supporters to pick the week of July Fourth to attack John McCain's military background. The cliche rings true: With political friends like these, Obama doesn't need enemies.

    First up was retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark, who told CBS' "Face the Nation" that "I don't think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president." That was tame compared with a vile posting by the nut-roots liberal Americablog.com headlined "Honestly, besides being tortured, what did McCain do to excel in the military?"

    These ham-handed assaults revealed a lack of insight into McCain's experience that is surprising, at least on the part of a military man like Clark. Average Americans intuitively comprehend that McCain's character was tested in a way that all but an unlucky few will never have to face. Shot down over North Vietnam, McCain spent 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war and was tortured so brutally that to this day he cannot raise his arms above his head.

    The story of those years of survival is testimony to his character, courage, duty and sense of honor -- surely important qualities for a president. The North Vietnamese broke the arm of one prisoner -- part of a bone was left sticking out -- intending to cripple him. McCain forced the bone back in the arm and, using bamboo and bandages from his own wounds, made a splint for the fellow pilot's arm.

    McCain helped maintain morale among the POWs by giving sermons in religious services.

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    It is true McCain was tortured beyond the limits of human endurance. At one point after four days of beatings and rope torture while he was sick with dysentery and isolated by solitary confinement, McCain made a propaganda "confession." But he then refused to sign other propaganda statements or meet with anti-war activists visiting Hanoi, and thus endured many more beatings.

    McCain, who considers the "confession" dishonorable, learned every man has a breaking point. The vast majority of Americans understand that. But not the cruel men behind Americablog and the newsletter CounterPunch. They accuse McCain of "disloyalty" and of being a "collaborator." It makes you want to echo Joseph Welch's famous rebuke to the infamous 1950s right-wing character-assassin Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency?"

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/huntley...hunt04.article



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    Tremendous piece, best one on the Obama-Clark scandal.
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    Like it is believed: John McCain 82%, O 12%, Others 6% and a return to a Republican Congress in November 08. Oh Glory
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    Every time this happens it exposes how viciously anti-American and unpatriotic the democratics are. It also makes people think -so what has Obama done for his country? Built slum housing with his Syrian criminal friend Rezko? What a comparison.
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    This is all part of the Clinton plan... torpedo the magic negro, then get ready for 2012!

    Trust me the Clinton's aren't done yet!
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    Apparently the most satisfying meal entrenched Democrats can have is to eat their own - Herself, still the Cold and Joyless, has not given up yet. Ol' Weasely Clark is in there pitching a fast one right at the batter's crotch.

    only it was a sharp breaking pitch that scored against the catcher instead.

    Tell us again what the vulnerabilities of Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., the messianic, charismic Magic Negro are, again?

    Voting Present, a couple of mimeographed, memo-to-the-clueless, legislative bills in the state legislature, some 140 days of attendence in the US Senate, with a record (when a vote was actually recorded) of "most liberal" Senator in the current Congressional session. No executive experience of record, no military experience, and no experience in the workaday world of actually meeting a deadline or payroll.
    Zero. Empty suit. Vapor man. Not even good solid smoke.
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    Obama's most impressive accomplishment to date is vaulting past Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich and Pat Paulson into the Least Qualified Candidate Ever slot.
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    A Reminder: Who is Wesley Clark
    http://www.slate.com/id/2000278/entry/1007988/

    250 pages on the Kosovo campaign of 1999, which Clark led militarily, in his role as Supreme Allied Commander--Europe (SACEUR), and in which his plans to escalate the war through personnel-killing Apache helicopters and 200,000 American ground troops were (thank God) consistently rebuffed by Washington;

    But at the same time, his methods led him into a propagandistic press strategy that was transparent to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to the war. And they hurt him in U.S. military circles, where he was considered a showboating egotist and a devious political operator. Defense Secretary William Cohen told Clark, through Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Hugh Shelton, "Get your fucking face off the TV." Shelton didn't trust him. Nor did Gen. Eric Shinseki, subsequently Army chief. And once the Kosovo operation was finished, Cohen--with no objection from President Clinton--ended Clark's tour of duty early. In essence, sacked him. Last month, the European edition of the U.S. military magazine Stars and Stripes carried an article asking how Clark came to receive a Kosovo Campaign Medal since you had to have either 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive days in the Balkans to get one--and Clark had spent the war at NATO headquarters in Belgium. The implication was that he'd connived for it. And you'll notice the coolness with which this book has been received in top U.S. military circles.
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