From my Airpower Guy:
I just read Pete Hegseth’s post on the latest attack on McCain’s
wartime experiences and the meme that his national security experience
is “sadly limited” by his Vietnam POW experience.
First, having been a career Naval aviator, the POW stint being just a
portion of said career, (22 years’ worth–longer than Obama has been a
Senator, a lawyer, Hell, almost longer than he’s been a legal adult),
I’d say his national security experience is a tad more hands-on than
Second, as the ranking minority member of the Senate Armed Services
Committee, I’d imagine he’s been delving into the ins and outs of how
this country goes about protecting itself militarily (For his
willingness to really get in the DoD’s knickers, see: Air Force,
tanker fleet, USAF leadership heads rolling down Pentagon hallways, et
Third, if these guys think the Swift Boat thing was bad, just wait
until you get some former POWs mad enough to come out of defilade.
Having been mentored as a young attack pilot by people who had been
beaten so badly they thought they’d been paralyzed, had their arms
tied so tightly behind their backs and suspended from ceilings so that
their sternums split lengthwise, been deprived of every conceivable
aid for wounds suffered in battle and then tortured to the point of
temporary insanity, I can tell you they are not a candy-assed bunch of
shuffle-board playin’ old timers.
I can’t wait to see the first Medal of Honor winner POW alumnus come
up on the net and take these clowns apart. Granted, the MSM is so in
the bag for their candidate that the guys will have a harder time
breaking through the defensive shields but if the lads of the 4th
Allied POW Wing (yes, there is such a thing) get some exposure the
Great Unraveling may completely eclipse Kerry’s humiliation in 2004.
One can only hope…