How bad were Wesley Clark’s comments, really?

General Wesley ClarkWesley Clark said the following:

“Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”

The quote was taken completely out of context but let’s look at these words at face value.

Fact: John McCain is a war hero

Fact: John McCain served this country honorably and nobly.

Fact: John McCain was shot down during the Viet Nam War.

Fact: John McCain was a POW who was abused while held as a prisoner.

So taking General Clark’s comments at face value: Does getting shot down qualify one to be president?

The answer is a resounding – NO!

Obviously, the general could have said this with more tact.

Clark’s surrounding comments didn’t minimize McCain’s service. This just questions whether or not his service qualifies McCain to serve as Commander in Chief.

It will be an interesting debate over the next days and weeks as we compare the Republican candidate who served in the war and was a POW with the Democratic candidate who has not served.Grover Norquist

And just one aside: Why haven’t we had any outrage from the Grover Norquist comments: Barack Obama is ‘John Kerry with a tan’

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One response to “How bad were Wesley Clark’s comments, really?

  1. Both Clark and you are 100% correct. I would go a step further: John McCain’s POW suffering should in fact raise concern about his state of mind.