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Monday, June 30, 2008

Political Suicide - Challenging John McCain's military record

From Politico and Politico's Ben Smith, 'Some on left target McCain's war record' article:

'McCain's campaign Sunday issued a pair of outraged statements after retired general and Barack Obama supporter Wesley Clark said he didn't think that McCain's service as a fighter pilot and prisoner of war was relevant to running the country. Obama has consistently praised McCain's service, and called him 'a genuine American hero.' ...'But farther to the left-and among some of McCain's conservative enemies as well-harsher attacks are circulating. Critics have accused McCain of war crimes for bombing targets in Hanoi in the 1960s. Sunday, a widely read liberal blog accused McCain of 'disloyalty' during his captivity in Vietnam for his coerced participation in propaganda films and interviews after he'd been tortured. ... McCain's camp responded sharply to the Americablog posting Sunday night. 'The American people know that John McCain's record of service and sacrifice is not a matter of debate. He has written about and discussed his service as a POW extensively-often in excruciating and painful detail,' said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. 'The American people will judge harshly anyone who demeans or attacks that service.' '

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