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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

01 July 2008

A tempest in a teapot.

There has been a lot going on recently. The Supreme Court is making folks on all sides of the political spectrum upset, the Army is officially announcing that the post invasion situation in Iraq was unplanned and totally screwed up, (something that has been pretty obvious to everyone except the President for several years) my stock in an oil company keeps getting more and more valuable,(Too bad I don't own enough to retire rich right now)talking heads on the right are now screaming that we need "to do something" about al queda in Pakistan. (Namely invade the place. Can you say "REALLY BAD IDEA!"?)

But what I am talking about today was the rightwing talking heads reaction to Wesley Clark's comment "Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president," . This has engendered a firestorm of protest and some apologies from the Obama camp.

Why? Getting shot down doesn't qualify anyone for anything except a hearty congratulations if they survive. This is just stupid. Clark was being defensive because he had said McCain wasn't experienced enough to be President becasue he had never served in an executive position. The interviewer than pointed out that Obama had no such experience either an "...hadn't ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down." What Clark should have done was point out why Obama was qualified. It is quite telling that instead of doing so he makes a back handed crack about being shot down. Guess he can't cite Obama's qualifications either.

Understand, I think McCain should be our next President. (Heck, if I had had my way he would have been our current President) But what Clark said wasn't an insult to McCain, nor was it belittling his service. It was just a very true statement. McCain is the best qualified man running to be President. And it has nothing to do with getting shot down.


Blogger United We Lay said...

Why do you really believe McCain should be our next President? I'm actually curious.

6:13 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

He couldnt state Obamas qualifications for the job because he has none. If all we want for our leader is a man who is a charismatic speaker, one who can mesmerize with words..Then by all means elect Obama..Or for that matter pick any other actor of the same caliber. You will get the same speech quality with no more qualifications.

Barack Obama will say or do what ever he has to say or do to take the seat in the oval office. And once there..I have to wonder what kind of people will he seek out for counsil...Jeremiah Wright? Id rather not find out.

I read this the other day...thought you might enjoy it.

Bush's Third Term http://online.wsj.com/wsjgate?subURI=%2Farticle%2FSB121495450490321133-email.html&nonsubURI=%2Farticle_email%2FSB121495450490321133-lMyQjAxMDI4MTA0MjkwNTI0Wj.html

8:24 PM  
Blogger opit said...

That crack should have ignited a shitstorm. Nonetheless, I'm aware many agree with you. I'm just having trouble figuring out what qualifications the tourist of Baghdad has at all.

7:22 AM  
Blogger exMI said...

jen, your link doesn't open for me. Not sure why.

opit - tourist of Baghdad? To my mind that would be Obama.

9:38 AM  

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