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Monday, June 30, 2008

Is Being a POW a Qualification For Being POTUS?

Aside from what was a horrific experience for John McCain, what does a person gain from being a POW? A knowledge of how to fight the enemy? A knowlege of what torture techniques are used? A knowledge of how to lead a nation?

Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark stated to Bob Schieffer on Face The Nation that being a POW does not equal the qualification to be Preident of the United States. This didn't sit well with Schieffer and - as if a starting pistol had just fired -Rick Sanchez threw out the "swiftboat" word with lightening speed.

Crooks and Liars has the video of the interview.

Then, Michelle Malkin decided that she was ready to chime in. But, lest we forget, this is the same woman who alleged that John Kerry shot himself in Vietnam.

The Malkinites are ever eager to say those that have served in the military are 'heroes' and demand out 'respect'. That is, until those veterans are fed up with being used as sticks to beat people with and they speak their minds. And, when that happens, you start to see that the conservatives only want your input if you're "their kind" of military official.

Below are the comments of people from The same people that just recently participated in an event to send care packages to the military. Wonder what they would have to say about on Iraqi veteran that came home and made some statements that they didn't agree with? It's a shame.

On June 30th, 2008 at 11:06 am, Jim M. said: Wesley Clark was removed from command. For an officer in the military, that is an extreme measure and generally dooms any future the officer has.

It is high time General Meyers went public with the reasons for Clark’s removal and expanded on Clark’s “character and integrity” issues he eluded to a few years back. If Clark is being considered for a position in an Obama administration, the voters have every right to know.

On June 30th, 2008 at 11:00 am, prendad said:
Having retired as a senior officer after 27 years in the Navy, including tours in 3 different aviation squadrons, I can say with experience and authority that Wesley Clark is a complete idiot. For a landlubber who has probably only viewed aircraft carriers from afar or on tv, he is not even the least bit qualified to render opinions about Naval Aviation. I noticed his idiocy quite some time ago when he first came upon the political scene, yapping away like some kind of liberal puppy nipping at your trouser legs wanting constant attention. Wesley, you are a disgrace to the miliary that you once served and a foppish fool for your obvious glory-hunting political aspirations. Of course, with these credentials, you are eminently qualified to serve as Obama’s secretary of defense.

On June 30th, 2008 at 10:34 am, JT said:
My dentist was a classmate of Clark’s at West Point. Clark was not well thought of by his classmates in general. While graduating 1st in his class, he only achieved the rank of cadet sgt. by graduation. That exemplifies what his classmates thought of his leadership abilities.

McCain, while being a bit of a scoundrel at the Navel Academy, was well thought of by classmates and looked upon as a leader.

On June 30th, 2008 at 9:15 am, Politicalguano said:
Wesley Clark is now part of the, “throw those military medals over the fence” crowd. Just because a soldier risks his life in combat, is a POW for years, IS ACTUALLY TORTURED as compared to Gitmo lap dances, this means nothing to General Halfwit Clark. Clark would have broken under torture and asked for his mommy and a diaper. Next we’ll hear Clark explain how McCain shot himself down and tortured himself. Just when ya think Clark can’t get any lower, the little @sshole goes and limbos further into the slime. McCain is and has done a lot of things I don’t like, but he is not a leftist coward, and he is a tough SOB who took it on the chin day after day while Jane Fonda and John Kerry partied, got high, and climbed the leftist social ladder by calling our soldiers murderers. BO is a mammas boy and it shows big time. Lets see BO drive an M1A!

This all reminds me a slogan I once heard describing the neo-conservative movement:

They support the troops over there so they don't have to support them over here.

But let's think about this from Clark's standpoint AND the standpoint of those that say this is an 'out of bounds' topic.

Does being a POW equal executive experience?

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