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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

They Call Him "Ace" McCain


There can be no doubt that John McCain is an American hero for serving his country in a time of war, and for the brutal and horrific five and a half years that he spent as a POW. What is perhaps hitherto unknown to the American public is that McCain is also considered an "ace," not because he destroyed five enemy aircraft, but because as a pilot in the employ of the United States Navy he destroyed five of America's aircraft.

McCain never shot down a single enemy aircraft, but his consistant record of destroying American aircraft makes him an enemy ace. Read this fascinating article at, via Oliver Willis.

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At Wed Mar 05, 06:55:00 AM, Blogger Freida Bee said...

That is a great article. It certainly paints a different light on McCain's hero status, of which, of course, I'd heard. Surely, someone who has survived five plane crashes, four of which it sounds like he caused, has the staying power to carry on the Bush tradition.

At Wed Mar 05, 07:24:00 AM, Blogger Freida Bee said...

Incidentally, I make no claims that I could do any better in his given circumstances.

At Wed Mar 05, 08:00:00 AM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

I always had an inkling that he was a commie plant!

At Wed Mar 05, 10:15:00 AM, Blogger Übermilf said...

Monkey Mucker says you want to impose restricting underwear laws on us and will hire big galoots to enforce these laws.

Is this true?

At Wed Mar 05, 11:04:00 AM, Blogger Swinebread said...

von Hammer would NOT be proud!

see here

At Wed Mar 05, 02:18:00 PM, Blogger Dean Wormer said...

I believe McCain also holds the distinction of being the only pilot shot down WHILE HE WAS ON THE DECK OF AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER.

The pilot behind him accidentally fired a missile into McCain's plane.

At Wed Mar 05, 04:21:00 PM, Blogger Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

I know flying isn't easy, but isn't there some point, like say plane #3 or 4 where they say "OK, Lieutenant, thanks for trying. We'll have you do something else over here instead now."

At Wed Mar 05, 04:44:00 PM, Blogger Comrade Kevin said...

I wonder if this translates to his ability as President.

How many other countries could he ruin?

At Wed Mar 05, 09:08:00 PM, Blogger Jess Wundrun said...

I have this weird ambiguity about this issue. On the one hand, it's sort of truthful swiftboating. Does the fact that he was a crapass naval aviator disqualify him for the presidency? Probably not.

On the other hand, for all those rightie mouth breathers who hate that John Kerry was not drafted but enlisted, not only took on a full tour of duty but re-upped and then asked for a harder assignment in country rather than off-shore, one has to wonder how we couldn't expose their hypocrisy.

Oh wait. at the same time they hated John Kerry for all those things, they were supporting a draft-dodging awol privileged son.

It's a good bit a trivia to throw at my brother-in-law I guess.

At Thu Mar 06, 05:53:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Freida Bee: The story doesn't really detract from his being a hero, but it adds to the tale the dimension of his being a complete and utter moron.

Randal Graves: Aha! The Manchurian Candidate revealed!

Übermilf: Of course not! Dr. Monkerstein would have you believe all manner of ill about me. Only his minions that are under the control of his Mind Cotrol Fez technology would believe such a thing!

Swinebread: Ha! That's a great comic!

Dean Wormer: He seems to go from one disaster to another. I am sure his candidacy will end up the same.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator: His father is an Admiral. That might have helped a little.

Comrade Kevin: I have no doubt that his ability to fly will match his leadership abilities.

Jess Wundrun: I think that this is a little different. When they swiftboated John Kerry, they found Republican's to go against the official record. In this case, this IS the official record. And it certainly doesn't disqualify him from being the president.

I think the important thing to remember when you tell the story is to point out that it detract from his being a hero. The story just points out that he was not a very good pilot. It makes no sense to attack his heroism. That would be swiftboating.


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