So, back in late June (I’ve had this one in the qeue for a while), John Aravosis from AMERICAblog, wrote a post, “Honestly, besides being tortured, what did McCain do to excel in the military?”
Here’s some excerpts from the post:
… Yes, we all know that John McCain was captured and tortured in Vietnam (McCain won’t let you forget). A lot of people don’t know, however, that McCain made a propaganda tape for the enemy while he was in captivity. Putting that bit of disloyalty aside, what exactly is McCain’s military experience that prepares him for being commander in chief? … simply being a vet, as laudable as it is, doesn’t really tell you much about someone’s qualifications for being commander in chief. If McCain is going to play the “I was tortured” card every five minutes as a justification for electing him president, then he shouldn’t throw a hissy fit any time any one asks to know more about his military experience. Getting shot down, tortured, and then doing propaganda for the enemy is not command experience. …
McCain is guilty of “disloyalty”! John, how the heck is that disloyalty? Did it break protocol, yes. Did he reveal any military information to the Vietnamese? No. The Viet Cong’s goal in torturing him in that instance wasn’t to gain military information. It was to humiliate the POWs. John, you are in essence, finishing what the Vietnamese started. By humiliating him for giving in to the torture (which he withstood many times, to a point that I’m pretty sure is WAY past your breaking point) you are no better than the Viet Cong.
Look at the comments left in response to your post. A lot of them disagreeing with you are military members or veterans, some of which have experienced torture.
You’ve never experienced pain like McCain’s, so you have no right to demean him for what he did. McCain served this country, and he served it proudly, and we ALL ought to honor him for that.
As to your question, McCain understands war (even if it’s not to the level that a general would), and Obama doesn’t. McCain has been in battle – he has a knowledge of how to fight. Obama doesn’t. It doesn’t take a great general to win a war – it takes soldiers.
Go out and talk with some Vietnam veterans – listen to their stories and the pain they went through. Maybe then you’ll learn to respect the people that are fighting to keep you free.
Just a note, I had read about John’s story first on a column writen by Leonard Pitts, Jr., “Service Demands Respect,” which can be read here. I’d encourage you to check it out.
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