I swear, it's like Senator Obama puts out a Natsec Ignorance Field.
And none of his supporters are safe.
By Moe Lane Posted in Anti-war liberals | Archived | Obamafiles — Comments (55) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
[Further UPDATE: Constant Reader mcg points us to Senator Rockefeller's apology for making "an inaccurate and wrong analogy."]
[UPDATE: My colleague California Yankee points out something that I missed the first time: Orson Swindle, the man who made McCain's response, was McCain's cell mate in the Hanoi Hilton. But then, Lt. Commander Swindle was tortured even though he only flew a fighter jet, so perhaps Senator Rockefeller is under the impression that being beaten by one's captors is merely an unavoidable and not particularly noteworthy side-effect of military service.]
Among other things, this field clearly makes people like Senator Jay Rockefeller - a man who really, really, should know better - say stupidities.
Rockefeller 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."
Let us start from the beginning: as the McCain campaign itself notes, the Senator was not using his A-4 Skyhawk to drop laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. The Skyhawk was a light attack aircraft generally used in close-range attacks; during bombing runs their major enemy was ground-based AA batteries, although small-arms fire and even trees were sometimes a problem. McCain's own Skyhawk was knocked down by a SA-2 at 4,500 feet. And I trust that I don't need to explain to our Democratic colleagues the most obvious reason why he wasn't using a laser-guided missile?
Right. Paveways weren't used in Vietnam until 1968. At which point Senator McCain had already been a POW for a year - and might I add, Senator Rockefeller, that it is the action of a partisan buffoon to call someone who has been tortured for half a decade for putting on America's uniform ignorant of the consequences of his actions. Believe me, vile men with clubs made sure that McCain knew - and while I don't expect better from your chosen candidate, Senator (he's obviously made his choice), I did expect better from you.
Well. Live and learn.