In addition to McPeak - I think another repeat member of the Wall of Shame, Wesley Clark - demonstrates this quite well. From Politico;
Gen. Wesley Clark, acting as a surrogate for Barack Obama’s campaign, invoked John McCain’s military service against him in one of the more personal attacks on the Republican presidential nominee this election cycle.....but if you follow that logic .... getting shot four times does?
Clark said that McCain lacked the executive experience necessary to be president, calling him “untested and untried” on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” And in saying so, he took a few swipes at McCain’s military service.
After saying, "I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands and millions of others in the armed forces, as a prisoner of war," he added that these experiences in no way qualify McCain to be president in his view:
“He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee. And he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn't held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded — that wasn't a wartime squadron,” Clark said.
“I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.”
Having Wesley question anyone's qualifications is bad enough - but what exactly is Sen. Obama's "executive experience?" Sen. Kerry? Sen. Clinton? etc...etc... McPeak and Wesley need to look themselves in the mirror and ask how they cherish their honor - if they can.
Let's not get distracted from what is going on here though. This is simply the Obama campaign using its House Generals to attack McCain. Good 'ole politics of personal destruction, but in a pathetic way. None of this will stick - not with what is known about Sen. McCain's military service and decades of experience in the House of Representatives and Senate - not to mention that he had the right answer on Iraq before anyone in the Bush Administration or any Democrat.
But they know that; that isn't the point. The point is to smear. I know McPeak and Wesley are political hacks, it is time they were treated that way. More on the smear campaign here.