Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bottom One Percent?!?!?!?

Of course, I believe George Pickett graduated dead last from West Point, but still. I had no idea about John McCain's performance until a friend of mine pointed me to it today:
Some of the unreleased pages in McCain's Navy file may not reflect well upon his qualifications for the presidency. From day one in the Navy, McCain screwed-up again and again, only to be forgiven because his father and grandfather were four-star admirals. McCain's sense of entitlement to privileged treatment bears an eerie resemblance to George W. Bush's.

Despite graduating in the bottom 1 percent of his Annapolis class, McCain was offered the most sought-after Navy assignment -- to become an aircraft carrier pilot. According to military historian John Karaagac, "'the Airdales,' the air wing of the Navy, acted and still do, as if unrivaled atop the naval pyramid. They acted as if they owned, not only the Navy, but the entire swath of blue water on the earth's surface." The most accomplished midshipmen compete furiously for the few carrier pilot openings. After four abysmal academic years at Annapolis distinguished only by his misdeeds and malfeasance, no one with a record resembling McCain's would have been offered such a prized career path. The justification for this and subsequent plum assignments should be documented in McCain's naval file.

I had no idea he was such a royal screw-up both in School and the Service. Boy, he and Bush really do have a lot in common. There's much more in the full article, so I urge you to go read it.

4 comments:

Bright Crow said...

This story actually does not surprise me.

McCain's only military "accomplishment" of note is that he survived being a prisoner of war.

I'm not trivializing that, but that alone doesn't prove that he knows beans about appropriate and effective use of the military.

The man scares me, because I think he's still operating out of his PTSD fantasies, just as Shrub has been acting out of his dry-drunk fantasies.

It's like: "The war has to have been justified, otherwise I suffered all of that in vain."

Why does the electorate keep putting untreated addictive and personality-disordered people in the White House?

Oy!

Mike S

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