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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Rockefeller insults the troops

ABC has the news regarding the statement made By Senator Rockefeller this past Sunday:

In the Charleston Gazette Sunday, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-WV, who has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said that Sen. John McCain "has a temper" and, according to the story, "believes McCain has become insensitive to many human issues.

"McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they [the missiles] get to the ground? He doesn't know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues."

A McCain campaign surrogate, Marine Lt. Col. Orson Swindle (Ret.), said that "Senator Rockefeller's statement is an insult to all the men and women who are serving or have served in America's military. Had Senator Rockefeller served himself, he would appreciate and understand that most who have been to war emerge with a much deeper concern for humanity than they otherwise might. If he knew what he was talking about, he would know that John McCain wasn't dropping laser-guided missiles at 35,000 feet in 1967. Barack Obama has a responsibility to denounce Senator Rockefeller's smear against John McCain's character and military record. The question remains: Does Senator Obama have the courage to stand up and hold himself to the principles of 'new politics' he outlined in his book, "The Audacity of Hope?"

Wow. OK, John McCain shouldn't worry about what this putz said. He doesn't fly any longer, and while these assertions were made by his captors when he was a POW -- while being tortured -- John McCain is proud of his service. So we're not really upset (or surprised) that Rockefeller would say such an asinine thing. After all, Most Democrats have little, if any, respect for the military.

However, Lt. Col. Swindle is quite correct. The apology is owed to the men and women who currently serve. It's owed to the pilots who fly in defense of this nation today. Those that fly cover operations for troops on the ground and those that provide fighter cover for bombers. This didn't just call into question John McCain's honorable service, but also the service of every person who climbs behind the stick of any plane in defense of this nation.

He has apologized to McCain for his little rant, and it sounds as bad and mealy-mouthed as one could expect:

John McCain is making the claim that Barack Obama seems unwilling to personally condemn the controversial remarks of supporters and prominent Democrats after Sen. Obama relied Tuesday on a campaign spokeswoman to criticize Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller for a slight against Sen. McCain.

Rockefeller, an Obama supporter from West Virginia, personally apologized to McCain on the Senate floor for suggesting to a West Virginia newspaper that the Arizona senator does not care about “the lives of people” caught in the wars he champions, dating back to his Navy service in Vietnam.

That apology came after Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “Senator Obama has a deep respect for Senator McCain’s service to this country and doesn’t agree with what Senator Rockefeller said.” ...

On Tuesday, Rockefeller issued a statement, saying, “I have deep respect for John McCain’s honorable and noble service to our country. I made an inaccurate and wrong analogy and I have extended my sincere apology to him.

“While we differ a great deal on policy issues, I profoundly respect and appreciate his dedication to our country, and I regret my very poor choice of words,” he said.

Instead of apologizing to McCain, the apology should have been directed to those that are serving now. And we wish these fools -- surrogates or candidates -- would quit apologizing to one another. They don't mean it, and they never will. If I was McCain, I'd tell him his apology isn't accepted, and that I'm not the one who needs to hear it. The troops do. They're the ones who are owed this apology, and it better be more than the "poor choice of words" comment. That flies as far as Hillary's "I was sleep-deprived" when she lied about the "Tuzla dash."

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