Re: Mainstream media attacks Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
posted at 2/18/2013 1:52 PM EST
In response to airborne-rgr's comment:
South Carolina also saw an evolution in McCain: the admiral's son and Naval aviator who began, as a presidential candidate, to identify more closely with the enlisted rank ground troops who accounted for the vast majority of those killed in the Vietnam War.
Having come home from Hanoi's prisons in 1973, McCain candidly admitted later that he and his fellow POWs - mostly career officers - received a warmer welcome than ordinary soldiers. "It's the average soldier who loves that wall," he said in 1985 of the Vietnam Memorial. "Not the officers. Not the POWs."
But this changed in 2000, as seen in a small McCain rally held after a January Republican debate with Bush in Columbia, S.C.
"The important thing is to stand up for what you believe in, remember those who have served and sacrificed before you," McCain said, his voice quavering with emotion. "My lasting ambition is the approval of those whose names are engraved on the wall down at the Mall on the Vietnam monument."
The great emotional catch now is that Hagel so fits the profile of those names.
Among the more than 58,000 Americans killed in the war, 84 percent were enlisted men and all but a sliver of these were without a college degree. Hagel himself had just a few college semesters to his credit. His teenage brother Tom was fresh out of high school when they enlisted in 1967.
More than race or income, it was this education divide - promoted by draft deferments in the 1960s - that most explains those who were in combat in Vietnam and those who were not. That history, which McCain knows well, was what made it so striking last week when Cruz, a sophisticated Princeton and Harvard Law graduate, seemed to question Hagel's patriotism by his line of questioning before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
"I just want to make it clear," McCain interceded. "Sen. Hagel is an honorable man. He served his country. And no one on this committee, at any time, should impugn his character or his integrity."
"We all agree with that," added Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.). "I hope."
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/why-john-mccain-turned-on-chuck-hagel-87746_Page2.html#ixzz2LHAbhjNv
Did he question his service, or SEEM to question his service?
I find you liberals are often enganged in speculation on these issues, just like the attack on Scott Browns time in Afghanistan.