"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 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. That large squadron in Air- in the Navy that he commanded, it wasn't a wartime squadron. He hasn't been there and ordered the bombs to fall. He hasn't seen what it's like when diplomats come in and say, 'I don't know whether we're going to be able to get this point through or not. Do you want to take the risk? What about your reputation?"
He went on to say:
"Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be President."
So, let's consider Wesley's statements, which seem to center on McCain not holding executive responsibility. True, McCain's experience with VA-174 was post-Vietnam, but it is still executive experience, something, I might add, that Barack Obama does not have. Perhaps some of my aviator readers can help me here, but VA-174, which McCain was both Executive and Commanding Officer of, had 50 and was the largest squadron in the Navy, so this bubblehead figures the command was in excess of 200 people (or bigger than a submarine, which I consider pretty impressive executive experience), the command received a MUC, and McCain got an MSM for his leadership. Let's compare that to Barack's executive experience......that sound you hear is crickets.
As a POW, we all know the stories. McCain led by example. While there is no official record of his holding any executive positions during his captivity, his actions are well documented, and are those of a man leading other men in the absolute worst conditions imaginable. What experience does Obama have that compares to that?
He hasn't been there and ordered bombs to fall, but, what 20th century presidents were present when the bombs fell? Eisenhower, JFK, Teddy Roosevelt. And, of those, only TR and Eisenhower would have been in a position where diplomats would have come in and asked them anything. So, please, Wesley, YOU aren't running for President this time (thank God), Barack Obama is, and he has absolutely ZERO experience with anything to do with foreign policy.
In the same interview, Wesley touts Obama's strengths as:
"...incredible communication skills, proven judgment. You look at his meteoric rise in politics, and you see a guy who deals with people well, who understands issues, who brings people together and who has good judgment in moving forward. And I think what we need to do, Bob, is we need to stop talking about the old politics of left and right, and we need to pull together and move the country forward. And I think that's what Barack Obama will do for America."
Please. I know 8 years of W's attempting to speak have driven us all crazy sometimes, but, when you have nothing to say, it doesn't matter how good your communication skills are. And, Wes, let's face it, Obama isn't running for Dan Rather (oops, Katie Couric's) job, he's running for President. And, who has he ever brought together? He votes with the Democratic caucus about 95% of the time, and has no significant bipartisan bills to point to. If Barack Obama is goign to bring the country together, where is the evidence that he has ever even brought members of the Senate together? None.
As for Wesley Clark, this is a guy who wanted to start a war with the Russians and had to be stopped by a British general, was releived early of his command by Bill Clinton, and said of another Vietnam veteran (one who didn't serve 5 years in captivity):
"John Kerry has heard the thump of enemy mortars. He's seen the flash of the tracers. He's lived the values of service and sacrifice. In the Navy, as a prosecutor, as a senator, he proved his physical courage under fire. And he's proved his moral courage too.
John Kerry fought a war, and I respect him for that. And he came home to fight a peace. And I respect him for that, too.
John Kerry's combination of physical courage and moral values is my definition of what we need as Americans in our commander in chief.
John Kerry is a man who in time of war can lead us as a warrior
He has the moral courage born in battle..."
Like others, I find Wes Clark's comments obscene and not worthy of a retired General. He's an egomaniac and a moron, and, a pri**.