In light of the furor over Gen. Wesley Clark arguing that "getting shot down is [not] a qualification to be president" (true, I suppose, but nobody is arguing that it is, in itself, the qualification) and that John McCain is "untested and untried" (um...good luck with that line of attack, guys) - and following up on Bill Beutler's post about the Left doing a 180 on the merits of attacking a candidate's military service, let me point out what Gen. Wesley Clark was saying about the importance of a candidate's military service just four years ago....
John Kerry has heard the thump of enemy mortars. He's seen the flash of the tracers. He's lived the values of service and sacrifice. In the Navy, as a prosecutor, as a senator, he proved his physical courage under fire. And he's proved his moral courage too.
John Kerry fought a war, and I respect him for that. And he came home to fight a peace. And I respect him for that, too.
John Kerry's combination of physical courage and moral values is my definition of what we need as Americans in our commander in chief. [...]
John Kerry is a man who in time of war can lead us as a warrior [...]
He has the moral courage born in battle...
Funny, Wes Clark seemed to think military service was an important qualification for a US Senator without executive experience 4 years ago.