Thursday, May 22, 2008

McCain is dangerous?

From the Des Moines Register via HotAir:
Republican presidential candidate John McCain's family background as the son and grandson of admirals has given him a worldview shaped by the military, "and he has a hard time thinking beyond that," Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Ia., said Friday."I think he's trapped in that," Harkin said in a conference call with Iowa reporters. "Everything is looked at from his life experiences, from always having been in the military, and I think that can be pretty dangerous."

Harkin said that "it's one thing to have been drafted and served, but another thing when you come from generations of military people and that's just how you're steeped, how you've learned, how you've grown up."A McCain spokesman said Harkin's remarks were offensive and showed that Democrats are out of touch with Americans' values."Senator Harkin's comments are an affront to the many thousands of Iowans who have served our country so valiantly for generations," said spokesman Jeff Sadosky. "This sort of attack shows just how out of touch Democratic leadership has become with the values that have made our country so great."[emphasis mine]

As a U.S. Air Force veteran whose father served in World War II and whose grandfather served in World War I, I find Harkin's comments to be offensive. Someone with Harkin's perpsective has no business serving in Congress and I hope Iowan's remember this in the next election. Is this how Democrats "respect the troops?"

In reality, I doubt that Senator Harkin really believes what he said. He certainly wouldn't have said it about Jimmy Carter or John F. Kennedy who served in the Navy. But Harkin's comments are just another example about how some politicians will say anything they think can score points against the opposition.

If the Democratic leadership is really not out as of touch with American values as the article suggests, they need to pressure Harkin to resign. My guess is that we'll see that when pigs fly!

1 comment:

professor ed said...

Hmmm. So McCain's military background makes him "dangerous"? Shall we apply this same measure of insightful logic to the late President Eisenhower? Hey,don't get me wrong, I like Ike. But didn't he have something to do with Allied troops across the great salt pond, prior to becoming President?