Retired General Wesley Clark, a former presidential candidate in 2004 and a war veteran and commander raised a valid question about John McCain's "war hero" status that has been a long time coming IMHO.
"[McCain] hasn't held executive responsibility," Clark said on "Face the Nation" yesterday. "That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded -- that wasn't a wartime squadron. I don't think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president."
Yes, McCain should get our profound thanks for serving his country, but he seems to want more. He wants to be viewed as a hero. But a hero does extraordinary things. McCain got shot down and spent years in prison. Yes, this is valid service. No, it is not heroic in the same way that taking a bullet or leading troops to safety would be... you know, like John Kerry did.