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Another side of John McCain

Cassy just wrote a post about an exchange Senators McCain and Obama had. I suggest you read the post if you hadn't already.

Would Senator John McCain use verterans or our troops today for political purposes? My wife has a saying, 'Same dog, different collar.' Meaning that all politicians are the same. They will do anything to enhance their election chances.

There's a milblogger named Chuck Ziegenfuss, he's an Army Officer. Here's a link to Chuck's blog, before today I hadn't visited the blog in a while.

Chuck was wounded in Iraq back in 2005, and spent some considerable amount of time at Walter Reed Hospital. While at Reed, Senator McCain paid Chuck and his wife Carren a visit. The following is written by Carren..

Okay, folks. Here's the post Chuck said I owe you. Hopefully your waiting will be worth it and you'll "appreciate" the wait. Here goes... I am not responsible for any cuss words or really pissy comments - I'll try to keep it PG rated.

Senator is not a word I would use for McCain. JERK (or asshat, as Chuck usually says) is more like it. When Chuck was in the hospital, Jerk came to "visit" us. A quick story before I tell you what happened:

A few weeks before Chuck was wounded I watched a TV movie that protrayed Jerk's time as a POW during Vietnam. I was intrigued by the story and developed a lot of respect for what he endured, and the fact that his wife waited all those years for him to return home. I knew bits and pieces of the story before watching the movie, and I knew his arms were badly damaged due to the torture he received. I had a lot of respect for the man... then I met him.

When he first walked in I was honored to meet him. He shook my hand and Alice's hand, then walked over to Chuck's bedside. After a lousy 5 minutes or so, the Jerk said (and I quote):

"Well, we all know what we're here for... let's do the photo op."

EXCUSE ME!!!??? The PHOTO OP???!!!!

I was so beyond pissed I wanted to wrestle the Jerk to the ground and kick his ass - over and over and over again! I was so stunned by his comment that all I could do to save my dignity and not stoop to his incredibly LOW level, I walked out of the room. The Jerk's photographers took some pictures and he left. I didn't even say good-bye when he walked out... I was full of rage and anger. And as Chuck can tell you, NO ONE wants to talk to me when I am that state!!!

The fact that this Jerk is a veteran, a former POW, and now calls himself a Senator, I simply could not believe what happened. Every time I hear the man's name I get tense. Of all the shitty things that happened while Chuck was in the hospital, this was the topper for me. If a man like the Jerk thinks he'd make a good president, he better do some serious soul searching. He claims to support our troops, but the experience we had with him shows me he's full of shit. The fact that he said this kind of thing to my husband pisses me off to no end... but I wonder how many other wounded troops he said this to? Hopefully none... for the troops' sake.

Well, that's the story. I could go on and on about how much I despise the Jerk, but he's not worth my time and energy.

When I blogged about this post, I said 'If Carren feels that way about McCain, we can just imagine what Chuck's opinion of the Senator is.' As of April 20th of this year Chuck was still referring to McCain as an asshat.

If you believe what Carren wrote, McCain is willing to use veterans as a tool to get elected. You may think that's good or bad. The post I excerpted is just one milblogger's opinion based on him and his wife meeting Senator McCain. I'm just throwing it out so others can form an opinion from it.


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Comments (8)

For all the shit that Georg... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

For all the shit that George W. Bush has endured, there are so many stories of him showing love and respect to the troops, especially the wounded, and he never has milked it or tried to use it as a photo op. Whatever one thinks of the man, he is not a cynic. I'll be happy for him when he finishes his term in office, if it will just mean a little less unjustified abuse to have to put up with.

Didn't John McCain call his... (Below threshold)
hahaha:

Didn't John McCain call his wife the c-word?

Wow. The next thing you kn... (Below threshold)
epador:

Wow. The next thing you know you'll find out politicians really DON'T like kissing babies and they do that for the photo op too.

I hesitate in using one ane... (Below threshold)
galoob:

I hesitate in using one anecdote to judge a person, McCain was probably just making a lame joke about the photo op.

BUT, McCain's opposition to the new GI Bill is unforgivable. This is a bill that was supported by many Republicans, John Warner, Chuck Hagel among others.

All politicians do this. A... (Below threshold)
Bob:

All politicians do this. A few weeks before he declared himself a "gay American", then-governor Jim McGreevey visited my wife in the hospital. He was rude.

I am not a fan of McCains b... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I am not a fan of McCains but I am sure he loves and supports the troops. ww

A rather pointless post Bil... (Below threshold)
Michael:

A rather pointless post Bill. I draw nothing from this except for someone's dislike for McCain...how do you know if it is even true?

The difference on the bill ... (Below threshold)
Ali:

The difference on the bill was (people should read it before knee-jerking) is Obama wants whoever joins the military to get automatic college, Mc wants it based on service time (you know, so folks can't grad boot then pass out then go, opposed to wanting perhaps to make the military a career, can't fight with everyone in college). Which makes sense.

Not to mention all the pork that has nothing to do with it.




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