Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

McCain and the POW resume

Much ado has been made about the Wes Clark comments that "riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is [not] a qualification to be president." The statement of course is one that Obama distanced himself from yesterday much to the glee of Republicans and to the thankfulness of antsy democrats.
But General Clark makes a point, as does Mark Ambinder, as so does my friend who had this to say in the Free-Times, in response to a letter indicating that military service is now a prerequisite if not preeminent requirement for the job of President.

If anything, it should be noted that there is no such thing as a resume for POTUS — to claim to have one is really to ridicule and minimize the office.

Well it appears if another Obama Surrogate is weighing in on the remarks made by Clark and the dependence of the McCain camp on his military record as another line item to his "Presidential Resume," Sen. Jim Webb from Virginia.

Webb makes an excellent point, contrary to the notions of the McCain partisans, and even to our letter writer, when he said People don't serve their country for political issues and that it's time to get our politics out of the military because no person Democrat or Republican can stand with any authority to present themselves as the voice of patriotism or the opinion for all the men and women in the armed services, Republicans in this current war, nor Democrats in regard to their war, the Vietnam War.

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