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Obama Trivializes Attacks On McCain’s Military Career

July 1, 2008

Let me begin by repeating Obama surrogate and possible Obama VP pick Wesley Clark’s attack against John McCain’s military career:

(CNN) — Retired U.S. Gen. Wesley Clark, a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, on Sunday questioned whether Sen. John McCain’s military experience qualified him to be commander-in-chief.
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who ran for president in 2004, questioned John McCain’s qualifications Sunday.

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who ran for president in 2004, questioned John McCain’s qualifications Sunday.

The McCain campaign called for Obama to condemn the remarks.

The dust-up began with Clark’s appearance Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” where moderator Bob Schieffer asked him about his interview with the Huffington Post earlier this month.

In the interview, Clark said McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, was “untested and untried.”

When Schieffer asked to explain the comment, Clark said he was referring to McCain’s experience, or lack thereof, in setting national security policies and understanding the risk involved in such matters.

“I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands and millions of others in the armed forces, as a prisoner of war. And he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn’t held executive responsibility,” said Clark, a former NATO commander who campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004.
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“He hasn’t been there and ordered the bombs to fall. He hasn’t seen what it’s like when diplomats come in and say, I don’t know whether we’re going to be able to get this point through or not,” Clark said.

Schieffer noted that Obama did not have any of those experiences, nor had he “ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down.”

“Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president,” Clark said.

And – while we’re on the subject – led me add the comments made yesterday by Obama advisor Rand Beers:

“Sadly, Sen. McCain was not available during those times, and I say that with all due respect to him,” said informal Obama adviser Rand Beers. “I think that the notion that the members of the Senate who were in the ground forces or who were ashore in Vietnam have a very different view of Vietnam and the cost that you described than John McCain does because he was in isolation essentially for many of those years and did not experience the turmoil here or the challenges that were involved for those of us who served in Vietnam during the Vietnam war.”

“So I think,” he continued, “to some extent his national security experience in that regard is sadly limited and I think it is reflected in some of the ways that he thinks about how U.S. forces might be committed to conflicts around the world.”

Can you believe this? Here we have an Obama advisor who is out there saying that John McCain’s getting shot down, terribly injured in the line of duty, beaten, and tortured in the Hanoi Hilton leave him unfit to lead this country and command its military versus some liberal hippie protester getting herpes from all the free love and getting high on LSD at Woodstock. Unbelievable.

When you elect liberals, you put moral idiots in positions of power.

Barack Obama had this to say:

“I guess my question is why, given all the vast numbers of things that we’ve got to work on, that that would be a top priority of mine?” he said. “I think that, you know, right now we’re here to talk about how we can make sure that kids in Zanesville and across Ohio get the kind of support that they need and communities that are impoverished can start to rebuild. I’m happy to have all sorts of conversations about how we deal with Iraq and what happens with Iran, but the fact that somebody on a cable show or on a news show like Gen. Clark said something that was inartful about Sen. McCain I don’t think is probably the thing that is keeping Ohioans up at night.”

Any notion that Obama “repudiated” Clark’s remarks is just plain wrong. And now he dismisses the attacks against McCain’s military service as nothing worth worrying over.

I’m not in Ohio, and I’m not staying up at night. But I am outraged about it. I wrote about this issue yesterday; but there’s just so much more that needs to be said about it.

Clark’s and Beers’ comments follow in the wake of other Obama supporters such as Jay Rockefeller – who basically called McCain a warmongering killer who callously dropped bombs from 35,000 feet – and Tom Harkin – who said a family history of military service renders one dangerous and unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.

It’s not inartful; it’s despicable. And after four Obama surrogates come out with this crap, there is little question that it is part of a coordinated Obama campaign strategy.

Obama is a complete wuss on foreign affairs and military issues – and his advisers know it. There is no way that the Obama campaign could possibly elevate their man – who may have walked past a recruiting station once – to the level of John McCain. Solution? Chop down John McCain. Insult, criticize, question, demonize, and trivialize a war hero’s record.

It’s no big deal. Just ask Barack Obama.

Every one of our presidents since World War II save one has served in the military. The overwhelming majority of our nation’s leaders since the days of our founding fathers have fought for their country before they tried to lead it.

Military service encourages the truest form of patriotism, the willingness to lay down one’s life for one’s country. Has Barack Obama demonstrated that total level of commitment? John McCain certainly did. Life in the military encourages the finest qualities a person can aspire to: honor, dedication, commitment, perseverance, and the moral clarity that results from having stared evil in the eye.

John McCain stared evil in the eye when he endured repeated acts of torture at the hands of North Vietnamese in the Hanoi Hilton. The closest Barack Obama ever came to staring evil in the eye was when he looked into the face of the pastor he chose to marry him and baptize his children.

The military teaches genuine leadership as no institution possibly can: every soldier who has ever walked, ridden, or flown into battle understands the meaning of the words, “FOLLOW ME!” as no one else ever could.

John McCain came back from injuries that would have made lesser men quit to regain his flight status and command the U.S. Navy’s largest squadron. He led that unit with distinction. By way of comparison, just what on earth has Barack Obama led?

Neither John McCain nor any of his surrogates have attempted to claim that John McCain’s military record – or even his 5 1/2 year captivity in the Hanoi Hilton – are sufficient to by themselves qualify him to be president. Wesley Clark – who refused to back down from his statements again this morning on Good Morning America – offers the straw man argument of a fool. And Clark’s charge, that a distinguished and heroic 15 year military career means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, is likewise the position of a fool.

That’s clearly what Clark is saying: that McCain’s military experience, his combat, his captivity, his leadership – and all the other qualities that military life develops from Annapolis to the field – mean absolutely nothing, and do not qualify him one iota more than a man like Barack Obama who never did squat.

Wesley Clark says that John McCain is “untried and untested.”  I would argue that Wesley Clark is untried and untested: when did HE sustain years of torture for his country?  No candidate for president has ever been more tried, and more tested, than John McCain.

Wesley Clark’s comments are all the more despicable coming from a military man. While it doesn’t rise to the same level of sheer vileness as Rep. John Murtha’s demonzing innocent Marines in Haditha as cold-blooded killers, it is the same sort of loathsome crap that is so typical from Democrats. Comments criticizing the military, or our warriors in uniform, are NOT somehow sanctified simply because the scumbag uttering the words was once a soldier himself; quite the opposite: it makes them all the worse.

Benedict Arnold was an American military officer too. But his name is now synonymous with “traitor” today. Today we could make the name “John Murtha” a synonym for treason as well. And hopefully Wesley Clark’s name will fade into the obscurity of politically radioactive losers after his 15 minutes are over.

And therein lies the answer to the question that one dare not question one man’s military service or patriotism: one certainly may, but only if that one man committed an act of betrayal.  John Murtha did (by falsely accusing innocent Marines of war crimes); Kerry did (by falsely accusing his fellow soldiers of war crimes, for example); John McCain did not.

Barack Obama’s campaign, in choosing to try to cut down a war hero – and by so doing cut down the military itself – reveals Obama’s REAL attitude about the military and the men and women who serve their country in uniform.

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