Tuesday, April 08, 2008

McCain used GPS in Vietnam too...

I have changed my mind - we need more people with military experience advising Democrats.

This is just beyond the pale when it comes to political attacks. Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV) should be exiled to, well, West Virginia, until he can correctly identify the end of the tube the round comes out of.
"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."
Usually such cluelessness gets ignored, but being that Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV) is the esteemed Junior Senator from the secessionist state of West Virginia - we must respectfully parse the living Shi'ite out of that smear.
McCain was a fighter pilot...
Ummm, no. To quote my former A-7 flying neighbor - THERE AIN'T NO SLACK IN LIGHT ATTACK! Sen. McCain (R-AZ) flew A-1s, A-4s (VA-163 for one), and after returning from years in a POW camp - A-7s. "A" stands for "apple." It also stands for "Attack." They are not "fighter pilots." Just call an 'ole A-7 guy - heck an A-6 guy, that he was a "fighter pilot." Seriously, try it once or twice. Next,
...who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet...
I could go on and on - but I won't. First: Laser Guided Bombs (much less missiles) didn't enter service in the United States Navy well after McCain was shot down - and I don't think the A-4 - at least his model A-4, could ever drop one anyway. Second, as for what an A-4 did in Vietnam - check out this video. Next,

He was long gone when they hit.
No - he usually saw them hit - and after one mission stayed a few years. Then there is this that I will just let this fester for awhile for 'ya.
You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues.
Do I need to do more? Come on Tapper - call him out!
UPDATE: Sen. Rockefeller says, "I'm sorry."
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.

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