I’m sorry, but John McCain was a POW over 30 years ago.
That’s a lot of time for recovery, and he seems to have done just fine compared to some Vietnam vets who are still suffering from PTSD and other major psychological and physiological side-effects from their service – and sometimes imprisonment – in Viet Cong prisons.
But many in the mainstream media and McCain’s camp say it’s unfair to attack the senator’s frequent gaffes and lapses in basic logic by saying it’s unfair to attack the man “because he was a POW.”
What the fuck?
Is this even relevant?
Being a former POW is not a “get-out-of-jail-free card” for every slip-up in a person’s life, personal or political. Sure, you can use it for certain things that are directly correlated to the trauma of war. But it’s not a catch-all excuse for a person who has proven completely unqualified to be President of the United States.
Gen. Wesley Clark was correct: being a POW does not automatically qualify a person to be President, any more than spending a night in jail for public drunkenness qualifies a person to be the Chief of Police or head of ATF.
It’s too bad that most in the mainstream media don’t seem to give a rat’s ass. So to my graduation speaker from 1996, Tom Brokaw, it is with a bit of sadness that I can no longer take you seriously as a reporter when you, too, subscribe to the “POW=untouchable” theory.
So to anybody who is using the POW excuse for McCain, please stop. Show me a reason why he’s qualified to be President, because I can’t see any.