"McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they (the missiles) get to the ground? He doesn't know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues," Rockefeller said.Shades of Bill Maher after 9/11 talking about cruise missilies, except worse. The story and apology were almost simultaneous, which effectively removed any mileage McCain's staff might get out of it (he's a big Obama guy). Here's the mea culpa:
"I made an inaccurate and wrong analogy, and I have extended my sincere apology to him," Rockefeller said in a statement. "While we differ a great deal on policy issues, I profoundly respect and appreciate his dedication to our country, and I regret my very poor choice of words."Good, but not far enough. Unlike the Swift Boat Vets, who were targeting one man's actions from a perspective of being in the same jungle on the same type of vessel, Rocky smeared ALL Navy and Air Force crews who've ever dropped a piece of precision ordnance in his quest to smear one man. He should "revise and extend" his apology accordingly if he hasn't done so already.
Insight into the deep-seated loathing felt by some regards anything military or just a verbal brain lapse? Who knows. But even conjuring up such analogy in light of the risks pilots and crews take during wartime, whether at FL350 or near the ground--just to make a political point--is pretty telling.