Despite the fact that he has apologized for his remarks about John McCain in particular, and, by extension, the military, Jay Rockefeller is still a rich, good-for-nothing jackass liberal, who woudn't know the truth if it walked up and slapped his pretty-boy botox face.
Let's look at all the things that are wrong in his statement:
"McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet."
First, McCain flew attack aircraft, not fighters. He was shot down flying an A-4 Skyhawk on his 25th combat mission. Finally, although I gave it only a small effort, I can find nothing online to confirm that the Navy used Laser Guided bombs (LGB's) in Vietnam, and not likely in 1967 when John McCain was shot down. The Air Force first started experimenting with the Paveway LGB in 1966, so I doubt any were in Navy inventories in October 1967 when McCain was shot down.
"He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they (the missiles) get to the ground? He doesn't know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues."
I think McCain is right to take offense at this. And, had Rockefeller given this any thought or research, he would have seen that McCain told New York Times writer R.W. Apple, after the famous Forrestal fire of 1967, ""It's a difficult thing to say. But now that I've seen what the bombs and the napalm did to the people on our ship, I'm not so sure that I want to drop any more of that stuff on North Vietnam."
BTW - Just One Minute has beaten me to the punch on much of this.