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Thank you, John McCain

40 years ago today, Lt. Commander John McCain, USN, was shot down on a combat mission over Hanoi. As the son of then-CINCPAC Admiral McCain, John was subjected to even more torture and humiliation than the other prisoners at the infamous 'Hanoi Hilton'. Commander McCain served five and a half years as a prisoner, several times refusing to leave before prisoners who were shot down before him. John McCain's service during his captivity represents the finest traditions and honor of the United States Navy, and whatever one thinks of his politics and stature to run for the office of President, he is indisputably one of our finest heroes from the Vietnam era.

Thank you, John McCain, for your service and for your sacrifice. May the nation you love never forget, nor cheapen, all you have done for her.


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Right on!Thank you f... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

Right on!
Thank you for your service Senator McCain.

I am not a big fan of his p... (Below threshold)
Proof:

I am not a big fan of his policies, his legislation or his candidacy, but John McCain was a true war hero and no one should minimize his service to our country!

John McCain is a good man, ... (Below threshold)
sid:

John McCain is a good man, and would have been president if not for the evil Karl Rove, putting out a push poll that asked voters in South Carolina if they would be more or less likely to vote for McCain if they knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child.
This of course cost McCain in the primary allowing Bush to win the nomination.

McCain has courage and integrity, and if that buffoon running to the national guard to avoid serving his country wasn't such a slimeball, he would have been a fine president.
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notiz=[See ya sid. Resubmitting the same thing over and over makes you look like the troll you are.]

Disemvowelment is too coddl... (Below threshold)
epador:

Disemvowelment is too coddling a punishment. I Say Lets Move To Disconsonatization! And Then THe HAMMER!

Or send Sid back to the Ice Age...

This no vowel program is fu... (Below threshold)
Alphabet male:

This no vowel program is fun! Can we play some more?

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McCn hs ntgrt nd t s shm mbrs f hs wn prt smrd hm n tht w.


Good Gawd people just ban t... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Good Gawd people just ban the asshole and move on.

Can the Congressional Medal... (Below threshold)
Diane:

Can the Congressional Medal of Honor be given to a POW who showed leadership and bravery to save others in prison, rather than on a battlefield??? If so, McCain deserves it.

McCain is a good man, but I... (Below threshold)
Diane:

McCain is a good man, but I would not have voted for him over George Bush in 2000 or 2004, regardless of "politics" in the 2000 primaries.

epadorWell...hrmmmm,... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

epador
Well...hrmmmm, we could discombobulate him.
Wrapped with pretty pink ribbons.

As a Vietnam Vet I was a Mc... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

As a Vietnam Vet I was a McCain supporter until he turn coated and turned my stomach. After losing to GWB he turned into a whimpering, backstabbing POS. Has he changed, let him lose and see?

[[ slander by sid removed, ... (Below threshold)

[[ slander by sid removed, even for reference ]]

You haven't a clue. GWB had a better and more effective national organization that would have eclipsed McCain at several points along the campaign. Your comment about Rove both exaggerates his influence and effect and betrays your hypocrisy and bias.

McCain is a hero. So was McArthur. Neither would or should be President. The archetype of the modern President that is of military timbre is Eisenhower...but he's boring according to modern liberal historians and the sycophant media liberal court jesters.


DJ, Jay and KevinIt ... (Below threshold)

DJ, Jay and Kevin
It may take some getting used to, and my seventh grade English teacher may be disappointed by my failure to properly address an addressee, but I think I like this disenvowelment policy.

The irony is the fact that ... (Below threshold)

The irony is the fact that on this day in 1881 the Earps and Doc Holiday faced the Clantons & McLaurys at the OK Corral in Tombstone, AZ. Maybe it is appropriate, considering McCain is from Arizona and, like Wyatt Earp, he does what he thinks is right, regardless of his personal well-being.

I think John McCain should win the Wyatt Earp Award for today.

SJ Reidhead
The Pink Flamingo

I think McCain should be re... (Below threshold)

I think McCain should be respected for his military service. It is beyond imagination what he suffered through in 5 1/2 years of captivity. I think that is one of the reasons he polls well against Hillary Clinton. We are still in a national security framework and his background appeals to independents and conservative democrats.

He advocated the surge in Iraq and at least militarily it is working. I also think as CinC he would be willing to use force but extremely circumspect in sending American servicemen and women into harm's way without a clear strategy for victory.

Full disclosure...I volunteer for the McCain08 campaign.

God Bless you, John McCain,... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

God Bless you, John McCain, and all your brothers in arms. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I do not like his stance on... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I do not like his stance on some policies, but he is a hero, no doubt. When he refused to be released by the North Vietnamese ahead of other soldiers that were there longer, he refused. North Vietnamese were doing it because of who John's father was. That took a load of guts. ww

His service in the military... (Below threshold)
dhankins:

His service in the military and in the senate are beyond question. McCain has served the country with honor and distinction. He in many ways exemplifies what a public servant should be.

They say that dying in battle is the "ultimate sacrifice." Yet in my opinion POW should also be labeled as such.

McCain's presidential candidacy underscores the dilemma for the Republican party. On the one hand his military record is a huge advantage, yet unfortunately his political positions are not favorable to many conservatives.

I thank God for your wisdom... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

I thank God for your wisdom, DJ, in recognizing someone for what make them truly great. I'm not voting for McCain, but the kind of courage and integrity he displayed is so rarely noticed these days.

To all the POW's "Thank yo... (Below threshold)
Rick13:

To all the POW's "Thank you and God bless!"

To all the MIA's, You are not forgotten!

Dont you think all those PO... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Dont you think all those POWs from VIETNAM are owed reparations from those vietcong monsters? after all look how they treated the POWs

HughS, why is MacArthur a h... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

HughS, why is MacArthur a hero? For arrogantly splitting his forces north of the 38th and ignoring good intelligence that claimed the Chinese were poised to strike U.N. positions? The 20th century featured many great warriors--Patton, Rommel, Eisenhower, Kuribayashi--but MacArthur was not one of them. Simply being in charge while your overwhelmingly superior forces march to inevitable victory does not make you a great military commander. Koreans would dispute his iconic status most rigorously, and perhaps most germanely. To his credit, the occupation of post-war Japan was successful by any measure, but that style of management had little to do with warfare.

John mcCain is a good man, ... (Below threshold)
Sid:

John mcCain is a good man, a war hero. it is a shame that John MCcain was smeared so bad by Rove and Bush Who released a push poll in South carolina asking voters whether they would vote for mcCain if they knew he fathered an illegitate Black child. A low down dirty move that cost McCain the south Carolina primary and ultimetly the presidency.

John McCain is a real good man and it is a shame that slimeballs like Bush get away with these things. of course traiters like DJ support this.

(It is going to be a long day fellas!)
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John McCain is a goo... (Below threshold)
DJ_day:


John McCain is a good man a patriot who loves his country. It is a shame that George Bush and Rove smeared him in such a disgusting way by claiming releasing a Push poll that asked voters whether they would vote for McCain if they knew he fathered a black child out of wedlock. This was in South Carolina and ending up costing McCain the primary and maybe his chance to president. McCain fought for his country, showing real leadership.. his reward was to have the wors in his party turn on him.

Note: Wizbang is afraid of this information getting out so will censor this post.

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/03/21/the_anatomy_of_a_smear_campaign/
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John McCain is a g... (Below threshold)
DJ_smears_awar_hero:

John McCain is a good man a patriot who loves his country. It is a shame that George Bush and Rove smeared him in such a disgusting way by claiming releasing a Push poll that asked voters whether they would vote for McCain if they knew he fathered a black child out of wedlock. This was in South Carolina and ending up costing McCain the primary and maybe his chance to president. McCain fought for his country, showing real leadership.. his reward was to have the wors in his party turn on him.

Note: Wizbang is afraid of this information getting out so will censor this post.


Google Pushpoll and McCain for more info. Support a real war hero!
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hyperbolistI mention... (Below threshold)

hyperbolist
I mention MacArthur for context. He was actively recruited and seriously considered running for the presidency, as McCain is.

MacArtur was certainly considered a hero of WII and the Korean War, particularly at Inchon, which was a brilliant amphibious assault that many in the Truman administration thought impossible.

I really don't see your poi... (Below threshold)
Melissa:

I really don't see your point dJ_day or whatever your name is. Say for example that Bush or Rove did put out a Push poll asking voters if they would vote for McCain if he fathered a black child out of wedlock. I believe you by the way but, so what?

Politics is dirty buiness and George Bush may play a little dirtier than Mccain but he wins and that is what matters.

McCain is a good guy but Bush will do whatever it takes to protect our values and if he has to smear McCain to do so... oh well.
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notiz=[Editor's Note: "Melissa" is posting from the same IP as "sid."]

"Note: Wizbang is afraid... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"Note: Wizbang is afraid of this information getting out so will censor this post."

This is a comment, not a post. The post is about honoring John McCain. Your comment and and a few others are the only ones trying to turn this thread into a tabloid, using smear tactics about a man's alleged personal life.

I just uncovered this trans... (Below threshold)

I just uncovered this transcript from a conversation held in a hidden bunker deep below the White House.

Karl Rove (cackling evilly): "I've done it! I've successfully purged every single trace of that scurrilous allegation we started back in 2000, that John McCain had an illegitimate baby with a black woman! Success is mine at last! We shall rule the world forever!"

Anonymous minion: "Oh, no, master! I have terrible news!"

Rove: "What is it, nameless flunky?"

AM: "Some commenter calling himself 'Sid' has just posted that as a comment on Wizbangblog!"

Rove: "Curses! My evil scheme has been thwarted! I will have no choice but to do what I pretended to do months ago -- REALLY retire and go back to Texas!"

AM: "No, master! Say it isn't so!"

Rove: "I'm afraid it is, nameless flunky. All our schemes have been unraveled because 'Sid' posted that comment on Wizbang. If it hadn't been for that meddlesome patriot..."

In a more serious vein, it is clear that the author here, Mr. Drummond, wishes to express his respect for Senator McCain and not -- NOT -- rehash arguments even older and more pointless and more annoying than "Bush stole the election from Gore!" That is his right as the author of the piece, and unless he is overruled by the section editor or publisher, that decision is final.

And as the section editor, I will NOT be overruling Mr. Drummond on this matter. I can also say with a fair amount of comfort that the publisher, Mr. Aylward, will not be interested in intervening either. So Mr. Drummond's decision stands.

The commenter here, "sid," (who, it appears, has also posted comments as "Nymo," "Sir Loin," "Reality," "Hank," and "Melissa" (the last one being the "Melissa" who posted the above comment), and is using crude insults to DJ in his/her/its e-mail address, now has a simple choice: to continue in this behavior that has already irritated at least two of the staff here and get his/her/its ass banned, or find somewhere else to gibber their obsession. If necessary, we stand by to help enforce that decision.

J.

(taking Olaf's Troll Hammer down off the wall and making a few practice swings...)

Giving someone whom you fee... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Giving someone whom you feel warrants a ban for their comments like five warnings? That's pretty Log Cabin. (Ba doom ching!) Just enforce your clearly and frequently stated code of conduct instead of wasting your time explaining why you won't even bother dealing with offenders. Talking about enforcing rules is a passive, ineffective way of keeping a tight ship, from a management psychology perspective anyway.




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