I just got done watching the clip below with a couple of Army buddies. We thought it was pretty funny how the doughy chickenhawk kid--Ben Ferguson--felt he was entitled to speak on behalf of the military. Non-serving, tough talkers like Ferguson are endlessly entertaining to us.
FERGUSON: You have a man that was shot down, stayed in captivity as a POW for five years and your guy--if you want to talk about experience--had 147 days in the Senate before he decided he wanted to be President of the United States of America. So it's pretty dumb for Wesley Clark to go out there and yes, it ticked off everyone in the military because this man--I mean, I'm sorry, being shot down, to say that doesn't qualify you to be President-this man has been around war, been in actual war zones while Wesley Clark was sitting in an air-conditioned room, telling people what to do with NATO, so I don't know if he's exactly the right guy to go out there.
Remarks below preserved because I'm on my first cuppa coffee and can't yet think for myself: BK
But the fact that CNN had this kid on to talk about things for which he has no understanding wasn't the only thing that was disturbing. I love how it's totally unacceptable to give anything other than glowing reviews of John McCain's military experience in Media World, while it's okay to slander General Clark's military service.
After Ferguson said that Clark had "ticked off everyone in the military," he went on to say that John McCain had "been in actual war zones while Wesley Clark was sitting in an air-conditioned room, telling people what to do with NATO."
Ben needs to brush up on his talking points, because Clark was actually shot four times in Vietnam, and left the country on a stretcher. Most people would consider that having been in an "actual war zone." And to be honest, the next person to debate this kid on TV should ask for an apology--or just ask him what he has against wounded Vietnam veterans.