Obama Campaign’s Stunning Arrogance

At 1:10 into the video is this astounding exchange as Face The Nation Host Bob Schieffer interviews Retired General and Obama campaign adviser, Wesley Clark:

SCHIEFFER: Well, you went so far as to say that you thought John McCain was quote, “untested and untried.” And I must say, I had to read that twice, because you’re talking about somebody who was a prisoner of war, he was a squadron commander of the largest squadron in the Navy, he’s been on the Senate Armed Services Committee for lo these many years. How can you say that John McCain is untested and untried, General?

Gen CLARK: Because in the matters of national security policy making, it’s a matter of understanding risk, it’s a matter of gauging your opponents and it’s a matter of being held accountable. John McCain’s never done any of that in his official positions. I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands of millions of others in the armed forces as a prisoner of war. 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 wasn’t a wartime squadron. He hasn’t been there and ordered the bombs to fall. He hasn’t seen what it’s like when diplomats come in and say, `I don’t know whether we’re going to be able to get this point through or not. Do you want to take the risk? What about your reputation? How do we handle it publicly?’


Gen. CLARK: He hasn’t made those calls, Bob. So…

SCHIEFFER: Well, General, maybe–could I just interrupt you?

Gen. CLARK: Sure.

SCHIEFFER: I have to say, Barack Obama has not had any of those experiences either, nor has he ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down. I mean…

Gen. CLARK: Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.


Gen. CLARK: But Barack is not–he is not running on the fact that he has made these national security pronouncements, he’s running on his other strengths. He’s running on the strengths of character, on the strengths of his communication skills, on the strengths of his judgment, and those are qualities that we seek in our national leadership.

By the Obama Campaign’s tortured reasoning, Senator McCain’s experiences in combat, as a POW, and on the Senate Armed Services Committee somehow leave him “untested and untried,” and less qualified than to be Commander-in-Chief than Obama who has no military experience at all, and thus is absolutely “untested and untried.” Somehow Obama’s “communication sills” – he’s good at delivering emotional speeches and eliciting emotional responses from partisan crowds – make him qualified for Commander-in-Chief while decades of relevant experience disqualifies McCain!

The last President who had experienced ordering “the bombs to fall” was Eisenhower, who had been Supreme Commander of all Allied Forces in Europe during World War II. Military command experience is not a requirement for the Presidency. Military service of any kind is not a requirement for the Presidency. Bill Clinton had never served in the military. Senator Obama is not disqualified for lack of military experience. But his lack of experience can’t possibly make him better qualified to be Commander-in-Chief!

Incredibly, Gen. Clark, who speaks for the candidate with no military experience and no executive experience, brushes aside McCain’s service as Commander of the largest squadron in the Navy, asserting it wasn’t “executive responsibility,” and it doesn’t count because it wasn’t during wartime.

Gen. Clark knows, but apparently hopes most of his audience doesn’t know, that the peacetime job of all military forces, including McCain’s Nave squadron, is to practice and prepare for war, in exercises that are designed to be as realistic as possible.

The Obama campaign is suffering a severe case of arrogant group-think if they’ve convinced themselves they are so clever they can actually persuade the voters that McCain’s experience disqualifies him to be Commander-in-Chief, while Obama’s speech-making skills make him the perfect man for the job.

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