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Subject: Westley Clark McCain remark

Written By: Don Carlos on 07/09/08 at 10:37 am

For those who don't remember, Clark said that being a fighter pilot and getting shot down in itself did not qualify McC for the presidency.  So what's wrong with that?  Clark didn't question McC's patriotism or courage, so why the flap?  Isn't that analogous to a social worker saying that Obama's work in Chicago doesn't make in qualified?  I just don't see the problem.

Subject: Re: Westley Clark McCain remark

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 07/09/08 at 10:57 am

I don't have a problem with it. I mean, it's true. Military service does not necessarily qualify you to be president.

Just look at Ulysses Grant. He helped win the Civil War, and he didn't exactly turn out to be a great president.

Subject: Re: Westley Clark McCain remark

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 07/10/08 at 6:16 pm

I spoke up in support of General Clark's remarks.  This is yet another example of Americans' difficulty with nuanced thinking.  You can say a heroic war record does not per se make one qualified for a certain job without diminishing the heroism.  Would you let McCain take out your appendix because he was a POW?  Of course not!

McCain is doing what the Right loves to do, which is conflate personal narrative with best-man-for-the-job status!

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