Remember way back in 2004 how we had a presidential candidate who had served in Vietnam on the one hand, and another who "served" by getting drunk in the states? Remember how the one who went to Vietnam had his war record thoroughly trashed? I don't remember too many Republicans bitching when Kerry's war record was smeared. But now the Republicans are getting all pissed off that someone would dare question how being a POW makes one ready to be President:
The McCain campaign appeared incensed by comments made Sunday by an Obama supporter, the retired General Wesley K. Clark, that even heroic service by the Arizona senator as a naval aviator in Vietnam did not prepare him for the presidency. "I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president," Clark said on CBS.
“It is inconceivable to me that anyone would take a shot at Senator McCain’s military experience or say he lacked experience because he didn’t command troops in wartime,” said Adm. Leighton “Snuffy” Smith, who has worked with McCain for years. He added, “General Clark is way off base on this one.”
Clark's broader point was that just because McCain dropped the bombs doesn't mean he's qualified to decide if, when, and where to drop future bombs. Judging by McCain's "bomb Iran" attitude, the guy isn't. Senator McCain: Your wartime experience is commendable but doesn't qualify you to be President anymore than it qualifies the millions of other Americans who served in the armed forces. Why not run your campaign based on what you plan to do for America in the next four years, instead of what you did for America forty years ago?