McCain and “the cross in the dirt.” Another senior moment?

Last week, NY Times columnist cracked Senator John McCain and his surrogates for “playing the P.O.W.” card after he came in for criticism following his stumbling admission he didn’t know how many homes he and his trust-fund baby mama, Cindy, owned. The answer was supplied by a sarcastic Barack Obama: seven.

Nobody’s disrespecting McCain’s military service and it is something he should be justifiably proud of. I’m not a fan of Mo Dowd and her poison pen either.

But there’s being proud of his service and his experiences as a P.O.W. and pimping it. McCain and his team are pimping the prisoner of war thing and it’s not an accident. It’s a strategy.

In a memo sent to reporters Thursday morning headlined, “Country First Vs. Self-Serving Partisanship,” McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt traces an unbroken line from the physical courage McCain demonstrated in the Hanoi Hilton to the political bravery his supporters say he demonstrated on Capitol Hill.

“When John McCain was offered early release as a prisoner of war, he refused, subjecting himself to torture rather than give a propaganda victory to his captors,” Schmidt writes. “Is it any wonder that during the
Republican primary, John McCain was working with Democrats and talking about the need for comprehensive immigration reform?”

If the self-styled defenders of All Things McCain want to accuse anyone of
exploiting McCain’s service for political gain, they can start with the
candidate and his campaign.

Next week at the Republican National Convention, for those that bother to tune in, there will be so many mentions of McCain being a P.O.W., you may think he’s STILL trapped in The Hanoi Hilton.

“The truth is that, in national security terms, he’s largely untested and untried. He’s never been responsible for policy formulation. He’s never had leadership in a crisis, or in anything larger than his own element on an aircraft carrier or [in managing] his own congressional staff.  It’s not clear that this is going to be the strong suit that he thinks
it is.”

Being shot down 40 years ago and being a prisoner of war does not make you uniquely qualified to be president. Gen. Wesley Clark got rebuked, but he was only saying what nobody has disproved.  McCain’s “experience” is largely a figment of McCain’s imagination.

Sometimes it takes another ex-soldier to see through another ex-soldiers bullshit and war stories in a way civilians can’t hope to without fear of being called “disrespectful.”

Obama might regret having passed on Clark in favor of Joe Biden.

Remember McCain talking about his POW experience with a guard who used his rifle to draw a cross in the dirt? It may be possible that McCian is “misremembering” the story. It is very similar to a story written by
the late Russian author and dissident, Alexander Solzhenitsen.

Is McCain lying, distorting or just not remembering the story correctly?

The first option is very bad. Tthe second very troubling. The third is very scary.