Monday, June 30, 2008

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Let’s see if I have the details right: Retired Gen. Wesley Clark is a Democrat who has been a candidate for his party’s nomination for president, and who presumably wants his party’s presumptive nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, to win in November. Does that sound about right?

If so, consider the following report of Clark’s television appearance last Sunday:

"In the matters of national security policy making, it's a matter of understanding risk," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "It's a matter of gauging your opponents and it's a matter of being held accountable. John McCain's never done any of that in his official positions. 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.

"He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee and he has traveled all over the world, but he hasn't held executive responsibility," Clark said. "That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded—that wasn't a wartime squadron."

Moderator Bob Schieffer, who raised the issue by citing similar remarks Clark has made previously, noted that Obama hadn't had those experiences nor had he ridden in a fighter plane and been shot down. "Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president," Clark replied.

Note to Gen. Clark: Wes, ol’ boy, when you are trying to score points for your candidate by attacking the qualifications of his opponent, it really isn’t smart to say that a man that is widely regarded as a war hero, who was shot down and held captive by the enemy for five years is not qualified to be Commander-in-Chief because he only commanded a non-conflict-involved squadron, and served on the Armed Services Committee in the U.S. Senate. That is bad form, Wes. Especially when your candidate has never even been in the military, let alone fought in a war, and has barely gotten his feet wet in the Senate.

The Obama campaign and his supporters like Wesley Clark are the best friends John McCain has.

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