Let's give them something to think about…posted by Bill Arnett @ 4:46 PM Permalink …regarding John McLame.
He was close to, or at, the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy. The Navy either lowered their standards during Vietnam or it may have been common practice to allow poorly performing students to apply for Flight School. (After all, they trained that monkey bush to fly planes.)
McBlame somehow took and passed flight training and was subsequently sent to Vietnam, dropping bombs and napalm from a relatively safe platform - a jet fighter seat.
He was shot down and held in captivity for over five years, finally released at the end of the war. I do not know what military duties he performed until his discharge/resignation.
These experiences, as tough as they may have been, hardly qualifies McLame as a tactical or strategic military leader or genius and does NOT mean he has some special insight to the conduct of military affairs or qualities that mark him as a military 'expert' that make his OPINIONS about war any more valuable than ANY ONE ELSE with military experience.
To pretend otherwise is to deceive, mislead, and scam the public as to his qualifications.
I'm sick of it. If being shot down and held prisoner marks you as being a military 'expert,' this country is in sad shape.
I respect Mr. McPains service, but I recognize he is no more a 'military genius' than I am. Somebody had to say this.