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Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday Big Blue Smurf Blogging: What They Said
Posted by Jill | 11:35 AM
Today's honoree: Brandon Friedman, veteran of the Iraq War, who says John McCain Needs to Lay Off the POW Talk.

Money quote:

The fact is, John McCain's service during Vietnam was honorable and he sacrificed a great deal. But his service to the country carries no more weight than that of any other POW. Likewise, while McCain has given so much to his country, thousands of veterans--past and present--have given as much or more. In this war alone, thousands of troops have lost limbs, been paralyzed, and been burned beyond recognition. So to see McCain resort to playing the POW card when answering legitimate questions, in my mind, cheapens that experience. And by cheapening his own experience in war, he degrades all of our experiences in war. He turns the horrific incidents we've all seen, touched, smelled, and felt into a lame excuse to earn political points. And it dishonors us all.

We need more veterans to come forward and point out that John McCain is not the only person ever to be taken prisoner in war, and that there are many, many Americans who have had horrific war experiences who don't expect the presidency as payment for service rendered.

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Blogger Distributorcap said...
the whole POW thing amazes me --- it is not like mccain had a choice being one -- so to use it as leverage...

just boils me

and to me -- it aint off limits