Okay, not exactly accurate, but it has a nice ring to it, couple of different meanings there if you toss in an extra comma. I like McCain well enough most of the time, and I don’t think it would be politically smart or even fair/nice to go after his military record, but what he does as a politician in relation to today’s troops seems like fair game to me. Especially when he doesn’t return to the Senate to cast his NO vote, knowing how asinine/vulnerable it makes him look:
McCain’s opposition to Senate legislation that would expand
educational benefits for military veterans ignited a heated crossfire
between the two White House contenders as they gear up for November’s
presidential election campaign.
McCain, a former Navy pilot and prisoner of war in Vietnam, reacted
sharply after Obama criticized him for opposing the legislation. The
Arizona senator did not return to the Senate to vote on the measure,
which passed easily.
"I take a backseat to no one in my affection, respect and devotion
to veterans," McCain said. "And I will not accept from Senator Obama,
who did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in
uniform, any lectures on my regard for those who did."
Obama, an Illinois senator who did not serve in the military, said
he was proud to "give our veterans the support and opportunity they
deserve" by voting for the bill. He said in a statement he was
disappointed by McCain’s attack.
I think that it probably makes sense to McCain – well, okay, maybe not:
The legislation that sparked the exchange was sponsored by Virginia
Democratic Sen. James Webb and Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel,
both military veterans. McCain and the Bush administration said it was
so generous it could encourage veterans to leave the military after one
term to take advantage of the increased college benefits.
Is it because it was sponsered by Jim "Did You Hear Me On Fresh Air?" Webb and Chuck "McCain You Dimwit" Hagel (not their actual names)? Probably not, but who knows. Nice of McCain to associate himself with George "20% and Dropping" Bush again, though. Thanks!
Isn’t the idea behind the bill to A) reward troops for a job well done, and B) provide incentive for intelligent, motivated young men and women to join up? Because, Hello Desert Storm, you’re not joining up because you want to be An Army of One Guy With PTSD and Some Unidentifiable Fatal Rash, you’re joining up because the G.I. Bill will enable you to make a better life for yourself, and your children, when your tour of duty is up. Would it encourage veterans to leave? Maybe, if they’re fighting with a ridiculous mandate in the middle of an endless civil war (oops!), but with college/trade school costs going up all the time, what else are you going to do to keep the volunteer draft workable?
Here’s a picture of Javier Marias pointing to the pain caused him by illogical decisionmaking re: troop benefits.