Someone was bound to. Wes Clark was the one:
“I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands and millions of others in the armed forces, as a prisoner of war. And he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn’t held executive responsibility,” said Clark, a former NATO commander who campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004.
“He hasn’t been there and ordered the bombs to fall. He hasn’t seen what it’s like when diplomats come in and say, I don’t know whether we’re going to be able to get this point through or not,” Clark said.
Schieffer noted that Obama did not have any of those experiences, nor had he “ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down.”
“Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president,” Clark said.
So. About the same level of executive leadership when it comes to the armed forces, then? Is that about right? I think General Clark might want to look into the number of planes he’s crashed too. It’s not just one!
I wouldn’t apologize or backtrack on this at all. Maybe people will dig deeper and realize there are very good reasons McCain never made admiral.