What I Hope Will Be The Last Post I Will Have To Write Defending The McCain Service Record

By Pejman Yousefzadeh Posted in | Comments (14) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »

Regarding this post once again, note that this piece on which it relies has fatal flaws. One such flaw is discussed at length here. And as this comment points out, the reason that McCain was not up for promotion to Admiral in 1981 was that only two years earlier, he had been promoted to Captain and he was not up for another promotion until 1984 or 1985.

The HuffPo piece notes comments by Gary Hart and Bill Cohen stating that they somehow (it is not revealed how) knew that McCain's career in the Navy was going to end without him achieving flag rank. First of all, the source of their knowledge is not revealed. Secondly, neither Hart nor Cohen were privy to the promotion and selection process in the Navy. While the HuffPo piece quotes from a passage in McCain's book where McCain said that he felt the achievement of flag rank was beyond his reach, the same passage also says that there were people who believed that McCain could achieve the rank of Admiral and who urged him not to retire from the Navy as a consequence.

We, of course, will never know what might have happened. It is entirely possible that McCain would never have achieved the rank of Admiral. But it is entirely possible as well that he could have if he had chosen to stay in the Navy. Instead, two years after becoming a Captain, McCain retired to run for office.

Nothing in either the HuffPo piece or the National Journal piece gives any reasonable person any cause whatsoever to believe that McCain somehow could not have been trusted with the responsibilities of an Admiral. No reasonable reading whatsoever could lead to that conclusion. I am sure that there are people who would like to believe otherwise, but until they inform me that they have achieved the power to travel to an alternate universe where John McCain stayed in the Navy until 1984 or 1985 when the promotional decision for flag rank would have been made, I am not all that likely to take them seriously.

Incidentally--and while we are on the subject--I have yet to hear any reasonable explanation for why Wesley Clark could lavishly praise John Kerry's service and tie that praise to Clark's belief that Kerry would have made an excellent President, but say of McCain that his experience didn't prepare him to be President because McCain never commanded a wartime squadron and because Clark doesn't "think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president." About the only good to come out of all of this, of course, is that Wesley Clark showed anew why he lost in 2004 and why he can't be trusted to do a good job as Barack Obama's running mate this year.


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Who was "flying" it?

How does a man like Wesley Clark achieve four star rank?

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Drill...Drill...Drill!!!

I have yet to hear any reasonable explanation for why Wesley Clark could lavishly praise John Kerry's service and tie that praise to Clark's belief that Kerry would have made an excellent President, but say of McCain that his experience didn't prepare him to be President

He's a tool.

Any more deep mysteries of life you would like me to unravel?

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If this is a p*****g match, take it behind the barn. Otherwise, let everyone acknowledge that Obama and his discredited crew have sought to divert attention from The Messiah's lack of gravitas, and they lost.

Something that must be considered about McCain and his Navy retirement is that he immediately took up a campaign for the US House, Arizona Dist 1. This seat had been held for nearly 30 years by John Rhodes Jr who was retiring and McCain had just recently married Cindy who's home was in Phoenix.

By all measures he made a calculated move to capitalize upon an open House seat in a heavy Republican district and won with 65% of the vote. While we certainly can not assume what was going through McCains mind when he made that decision, it certainly does appear to be an excellent choice for a man with political aspirations. Perhaps then Capt. McCain wanted to go home, to his house, to his wife, to his kids and not be posted to a battle group on a cruise as Adm. McCain.

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...and the author's a regular. What's the huhu?

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

SI, whats not clear on the concept that I am praising McCain and his highly effective move from the Navy into civilian politics?

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Your call. But I bet this wasn't a false alarm.

I went through your posts, and found I agree with much of what you wrote. I'm certainly not a McCain fan, but the recent attacks on his service have put me on edge.

This in an actual, not-under-duress apology.

Sorry, for real.

I may not be as virulent as a few others here; I tend to be more like a Prager in my willingness to look at and evaluate lifes little mysteries. This is how I feel.

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
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Again, I am sorry I misnconstrued your post; I have written much worse about the senator. It seemed like a Perot rant the first reading and then I actually read it and understood it.

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
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It doesn't matter what John McCain did or didn't do. The Democratic Smear Machine is in full effect, and they will do anything they can to denigrate him. Whatever he's done, they claim that it simply wasn't good enough. Had he been the first man on Mars, they would deride him for not finding little green men. Were he to cure cancer, they'd sniff that he'd been too cold hearted to help AIDS victims. All they care is that they smear him on their way to power.

Urinating all over his and others' service and sacrifice for our country comes naturally to these slimeballs. They could care less for service, sacrifice, or country.

Sorry for the rant but these guys really disgust me.

"A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose's Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow." - Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

Whatever he's done, they claim that it simply wasn't good enough. Had he been the first man on Mars, they would deride him for not finding little green men. Were he to cure cancer, they'd sniff that he'd been too cold hearted to help AIDS victims.

Perhaps a little reminder to the Democrats of that line about motes in your brother's eye versus beams in your own might be in order here.

And Rightly So!

 
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