McCain Hits Obama for Lack of Military Experience

By Jaketapper

Jul 22, 2008 1:03am

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Monday hit Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, not for only being, in his view, wrong on the surge of troops in Iraq, but also for not having served in the military.

Arguing that he, unlike Obama, doesn’t "need any on-the-job training," McCain said, per ABC News’ Jen Duck, that "I also agree with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who said it would be very dangerous…to do what Senator Obama has advocated."

Added the former Navy flier and Vietnam P.O.W.: "I hope we’ll pay attention to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Particularly someone that has no military experience whatsoever."

McCain was referring to comments made Sunday by Admiral Mike Mullen on Fox News Sunday. "I think the consequences could be very dangerous in that regard," Mullen said when asked about a hypothetical withdrawal plan like the one Obama is advocating. "I’m convinced at this point in time that making reductions based on conditions on the ground are very important." Mullen made similar comments earlier this year.

In May, after Obama criticized McCain’s position on a G.I. bill, McCain said in a statement that that he "will not accept from Senator Obama, who did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform, any lectures on my regard for those who did."

McCain’s staff was quick to argue at the time that he wasn’t assailing Obama for not having served, but for having questioned McCain’s commitment to troops when McCain had served and Obama hadn’t.

McCain’s new argument — that "someone that has no military experience whatsoever" needs to listed to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs — goes even further.

- jpt

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