Re "The 'new politics' will have to wait," July 1
Resolve. This is a quality that is important in a president -- and it's a quality that John McCain possesses, thanks to his service to our country as a POW.
Maybe, as retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark points out, riding in a jet and getting shot down does not qualify a person to be president. But having the strength to deal with imprisonment for the five years after the "jet ride" sure does! Experience, inner calm and an ability to meditate over issues is exactly what I want in the person taking the 3 a.m. call at the White House.
As for Clark's opinion, remember: It was under Clark that NATO attacked the Balkans, perhaps to deflect attention from the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Under Clark's leadership, NATO bombed the Chinese Embassy by mistake, killing three. Clark's forces also bombed a civilian convoy by mistake. Ultimately, he was forced out.