Face the Nation? Let's Face Reality

On CBS’s Face the Nation this last Sunday, genial host Bob Schieffer asked General Wesley Clark to talk about John McCain’s war record, specifically his criticisms as to McCain’s readiness to serve in the highest office, and how that compares to Barack Obama’s. Fair enough.

But what it turned into was peculiar. Clark was making the salient point that even admirable military service doesn’t actually qualify a person to be President of the United States of America. This is just common sense -- just because someone may well be a hero in one sense doesn’t qualify them to lead in any capacity they’d choose.

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