The company you keep

Posted by lex, on June 29, 2008

I believe I am well within the fairway – in the purely naval sense – to remark that military enthusiasts of General Wesley Clark are notable by their scarcity. Nevertheless, no doubt banking on the fact that the public understands less of how the good general found his way to the top – nor, significantly, how he found himself nudged off stage – he appears to be using his military service as platform from whence to denigrate John McCain’s military service. Playing beard, if you will, for the Obama campaign.

Out of pure, disinterested conviction, I’m sure.

Clark said that McCain lacked the executive experience necessary to be president, calling him untested and untried on CBS Face the Nation. And in saying so, he took a few swipes at McCains military service.

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 the Navy that he commanded  that wasn’t a wartime squadron, Clark said.

I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.

Perhaps not, but that’s not all the experience McCain has. For those keeping score at home, McCain’s post-naval service includes one term in the US House of Representatives and four terms in the US Senate. In other words, he’s been in the US Congress for 26 years.

As against what, exactly, General?

Oh, that’s right: Change. You can believe in.

Once again, I find myself asking: Do not these petty attacks diminish the attacker more than the target? And are there no pressing issues of the day to debate?

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