Thursday, July 10, 2008

POW McCain's Political Football ?

We have been reassured repeatedly that McCain's service isn't a political issue, by McCain as he runs a blitz of POW commercials and whines when someone doesn't equate getting shot down with CiC qualifications. It certainly seems strange that tales from the good ole POW days get swapped around depending on what city you happen to be in. ABC has Senator POW giving Pittsburg Steeler fans one thing:

And then McCain told a rather moving story about his time as a P.O.W. "When I was first interrogated and really had to give some information because of the pressures, physical pressures on me, I named the starting lineup, defensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers as my squadron mates."

That was today and this is then:

In McCain's best-selling 1999 memoir “Faith of My Fathers,” McCain writes:

“Once my condition had stabilized, my interrogators resumed their work. Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship’s name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant. Pressed for more useful information, I gave the names of the Green Bay Packers offensive line, and said they were members of my squadron.
There certainly is the fact that then he wasn't in Pittsburg and today he was. be sure the story is from nearly 40 years ago and memory in an old man can be slippery or maybe...what?

Note that McCain is a war hero, OK, and...


Zakariah Johnson said...

Pandering to the Steelers or Green Bay fans is one thing, but I'm more concerned about reports about his explosive temper. Here's what Republican Senator Thad Cochran had to say about that way back long ago in January of 2008:

"'The thought of his [McCain] being president sends a cold chill down my spine,' Cochran said about McCain by phone. 'He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.'"

And that's from a GOP senator. Thing is, people tend to kiss the president's ass even more than the kiss a usual "big boss's" ass. Putting someone in the role who then bully's those around him into submission leads to even greater problems of an executive echo-chamber where nobody speaks up against bad ideas because they think the president favors them.

Chuck Butcher said...

That's a swell thought considering the bunch we've got now that won't listen to anybody else.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry. The Liberal Media will be all over this one.

Any minute now.

They're just sharpening their claws...

[Coyotes howl]

I expect very little in the way of honesty from the average member of the GOP but this one made my jaw drop. I'm beginning to think I take McCain's POW status more seriously than he does.