Monday, October 6, 2008

A Cocky, Risktaking Daredevil from Privilege

An article in the Los Angles Times raises questions about McCain's behavior in the Navy. Among others things, it found that his Navy record "revealed a pilot who early in his career was cocky, occasionally cavalier and prone to testing limits." He had three flying mishaps that many saw as unusually high. One Vietnam-era pilot and aviation safety expert said, "After the third accident, you would say: Is there a trend here in terms of his flying skills and his judgment?"

"'John was what you called a push-the-envelope guy,' said Sam H. Hawkins, who flew with McCain's VA-44 squadron in the 1960s and now teaches political science at Florida Atlantic University. 'There are some naval aviators who are on the cautious side. They don't get out on the edges, but the edges are where you get the maximum out of yourself and out of your plane. That's where John operated. And when you are out there, you take risks.'"

"The young McCain has often been described as undisciplined and fearless -- a characterization McCain himself fostered in his autobiography.'In his military career, he was a risk-taker and a daredevil,' said John Karaagac, a lecturer at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies and the author of a book on McCain."

Now, how familiar does that sound?

"McCain, the son and grandson of admirals, had a privileged status in the Navy. He was invited to the captain's cabin for dinner on the maiden voyage of the Enterprise in 1962, a perk other aviators and sailors attributed to his famous name, recalled Gene Furr, an enlisted man who shared an office and went on carrier deployments with McCain over three years."

A cocky, risk-taking daredevil, from a privileged family, who liked women and booze--now where have we seen this before?

If you liked the last 8 years, vote for McCain. If not, don't.

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