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  •  re: the 'hero' label (2+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, Executive Odor

    from a post in another thread I made last night ..

    I respect McCain's decision to not accept early release: it was the honorable thing to do in that circumstance. It's what I would expected out of any other person who had any feeling of duty to his fellow soldiers ahead of him in line.

    It does not make him a hero.

    It doesn't qualify him to be a leader, a politician or anything else. The only thing his decision did, to not accept early release in that instance was to not make him into a toad, a person to shunned and rejected by that action.

    If McCain had accepted early release, jumped over others and took advantage of his status as the Admiral's son, he would have never been elected to Congress.

    It wasn't heroic, it was simply the honorable thing to do. Plenty of other people have had that choice and have made that decision and were not lauded as 'heroes'.

    McCain just flushed his own campaign by his appearance at the FBF on Aug 16th, 2008.

    by shpilk on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 06:55:55 AM PDT

    •  I never bought this story, either (3+ / 0-)
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      88kathy, eroded47095, hippodad

      Maybe I'm just uninformed about the way these things work, but how can a prisoner "refuse" to be released?

      If I'm holding a prisoner, I can detain or release that prisoner according to my agenda, not his. I can dump that prisoner in the jungle, or drive him to Pizza Hut, and he doesn't have much choice in the matter.

      Since McCain uses this story to bolster his mythical "heroism", has this story ever been confirmed, or debunked? How does a prisoner force his captors to keep him in prison??

      •  They fling open your cell, and say,"Out." (1+ / 0-)
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        Executive Odor

        And you just lie there on the floor smiling maverickly, going, "Nope."

        Then they say, "Fine then!"

        Then they go release the guy that's been there the longest instead!


        "Only the PTA? You know what the PTA stands for? Three things I respect and fear: Parents, Teachers, and Associations." [Rob Petrie]

        by eroded47095 on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 09:45:46 AM PDT

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