(Photo: Father Admiral John Sidney McCain, Jr.; Grandfather Admiral John Sidney McCain, Sr.; Infant John Sidney McCain, III.)In this 2008 presidential go-round, Barack Obama has no military experience. Hillary Clinton has no military experience (not counting the sniper incident and combat photo.) John McCain does have military and combat experience. But to the Democrats, John McCain has too much military experience.
Senator Tom Harkin has been chosen to lead the attack on McCain and transmogrify military experience from a desirable resume item to something suspect. Harkin is one of those phony heroes, says Mudville Gazette, who has claimed he flew F-4s and F-8s in combat and photo recon missions in VietNam. Barry Goldwater called him out on his record. Harkin had to admit he flew over Cuba, was never in VietNam, and has no combat experience. In fact, Harkin was stationed in Atsugi, Japan as a ferry pilot flying aircraft needing repair to the Philipines. And we should all thank him for that vital service. However, he himself has already cheapened his own service record by claiming something he was not entitled which makes him and his military record fair game.
From the Des Moinses Register:
Republican presidential candidate John McCain's family background as the son and grandson of admirals has given him a worldview shaped by the military, "and he has a hard time thinking beyond that," Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Ia., said Friday.McCain spokesman, Jeff Sadosky said, "This sort of attack shows just how out of touch Democratic leadership has become with the values that have made our country so great." Accordingly, he says this shows the Democrats are positioning their attack machine for the general election.
"I think he's trapped in that," Harkin said in a conference call with Iowa reporters. "Everything is looked at from his life experiences, from always having been in the military, and I think that can be pretty dangerous."
Harkin said that "it's one thing to have been drafted and served, but another thing when you come from generations of military people and that's just how you're steeped, how you've learned, how you've grown up."
"Our country's all-volunteer military does not serve because of a 'distorted reality,' they serve because they understand they can play a role in keeping Iowa families safe," he said.Tom Harkin was a poor choice for this assignment, if you're a Democrat, a fabulous choice if you are not. He may simply have been all they had and as Sam comments at Mudville Gazette, "When you aren't capable of shame you can do anything."
"At a point when John McCain is calling on Americans to serve a cause greater than themselves like so many have before, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's attack machine is gearing up to tear down someone who has served his nation throughout his life. Certainly not the 'new politics of hope' that we've heard so much about."
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