Liberals have become so desperate to attack John McCain that they’ll stoop to any low.. even attacking his military service.
Gen. Wesley Clark, acting as a surrogate for Barack Obama’s campaign, invoked John McCain’s military service against him in one of the more personal attacks on the Republican presidential nominee this election cycle.
Clark said that McCain lacked the executive experience necessary to be president, calling him “untested and untried” on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” And in saying so, he took a few swipes at McCain’s military service.
“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. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded — that wasn’t a wartime squadron,” Clark said.
“I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.”
Get that? According to Clark, John McCain’s military service, combined with his years in the Senate doesn’t qualify him to be commander-in-chief, but Barack Obama, who never served in the military, and has barely served in the Senate is somehow qualified? Give me a break.
UPDATE: Admiral Leighton “Snuffy” Smith, USN (Ret.) issued the following statement in response to Gen. Wesley Clark’s attack on John McCain’s military service:
“If Barack Obama wants to question John McCain’s service to his country, he should have the guts to do it himself and not hide behind his campaign surrogates. If he expects the American people to believe his pledges about a new kind of politics, Barack Obama has a responsibility to condemn these attacks.”
UPDATE, by Mark Noonan: Change you can believe in – if you also believe in the Tooth Fairy. Absolutely disgusting – but just the precursor to the real nastiness which will start up in about a month. Obama and his Democrats can’t run on their Carteresque proposals (and has anyone really thought through a “windfall profits tax” on oil? Its not like oil companies have to sell their oil in the United States…they’ll just sell their oil where there ain’t windfall profits taxes…if Obama wins, get ready for gas rationing ala’ Jimmy Carter!) so they are forced to make John McCain so odious that the American people will feel justified in given the White House to the manifestly unqualified Barack Obama.