With friends like these…

After getting hammered from both sides for his remarks on Face the Nation about John McCain’s military service, retired General Wesley Clark has offered something that almost sounds — if you have a couple of vodkas and stuff lima beans in your ears — like an apology.

Asked if he owed McCain an apology, Clark responded: “I want to say first that Senator Obama had nothing to do with this. … I’m very sorry that this has distracted from the message of patriotism that Senator Obama wants to put out. But I want to make very clear that as a Democrat and as a former Army officer, I fully respect Senator McCain and all others who have served.”

As for the remarks themselves, Clark felt that he was misunderstood and sought to clarify his earlier statement.

Let’s compare, then. Here is the remark he made Sunday:

“I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”

And here is his “clarification”:

“My point is that there’s a difference in preparing yourself for the highest office in the land, depending upon which levels you’ve served at in the armed forces.

John McCain as a young officer demonstrated courage and character. But the service as president is about judgment. And the experience that he had as a fighter pilot isn’t the same as having been at the highest levels of the military and having to make — work with the president and other heads of state and make those kinds of life or death decisions about national, strategic issues.”

Much more clear Wesley!  Especially considering that your candidate hasn’t so much as a Boy Scout badge to his merit.

But hey, Wes, I know you’re just trying to help your man. I just think that in the future you might want to refrain from using actual words and syllables in your support. Instead you could just smile and give an enthusiastic thumbs-up while holding up a picture of Obama. Or maybe you can entertain the press by holding up a toy fighter plane and making vroooom noises. Just don’t talk — that’s the main idea.


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