Tuesday, September 02, 2008

In Case You Forgot...



...John McCain was a P.O.W.

Look closely and you might spot Fred Thompson giving his speech at the Republican Convention Tuesday night in front of a fucking IMAX of the Hanoi Hilton.

6 comments:

Rickey Henderson said...

So you watched? Rickey girded up his loins and watched for a bit too.

Was it just Rickey, or was there some random southern gentleman in the audience making cow herding noises whenever everyone else was applauding at the speeches?

Mr Furious said...

No, I didn't watch. I saw this pic at Sullivan's place.

I might suck it up and watch Palin, just to see what the hell is up with her, but other than that I don't intend to subject myself to something I know is harmful to my health.

I might watch McCain online later for comparison purposes...

angie said...

It was a weird speech. He talked about how rebellious McCain was in his youth, how he basically dated an exotic dancer. And then described in vivid and horrifying detail the torture. I don't think it helped much. We gave up 2/3rds of the way into the speech.

Smitty said...

I maintain my deeply-rooted grunt-based view of over-privileged flyboy fighter jockies.

They mentioned, seemingly no less than 1,000 times last night, that McCain "led troops in battle." I am curious as to which battle they mean, and which troops. Because I thought he crashed 5 jets and briefly led a team of other fighter jockies before airial combat, and not so much led a battalion of Marines to hold Khe Sahn for a couple of weeks against staggering odds.

And for the last time, before my head explodes, where the hell does it say anywhere that Presidents needs military experience??? I recall the Presidents don't need to have any; that's why they have the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

BTW....I love the Ron Paul's "convention" was so well-attended and had a ton of fanfare. CNN at least got it together enough to give it some coverage.

Mr Furious said...

But, Angie, it needs to be pointed out that neither Thompson or Bush actually used the word "torture." Which is astounding, because I think it's been widely understood that John McCain was tortured—it's the reason his story is compelling.

Of course, all of the techniques described in the story are things the United States now does to detainees, so if Bush uses the word "torture" for McCain, he is acknowledging his own war crimes.

Mr Furious said...

I mean, if McCain merely resisted coercive interrogation it takes a little away from the story now, doesn't it.