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JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY HANNAH STRANGE IN THE TIMES

Well, the man who reports this ugly incident is an American senator, and he is a Republican.

Even if he doesn’t like McCain, it is hard to see any motive for making this up.

Besides, the incident is in keeping with McCain’s well-known temper, said by those who’ve seen it in full fury to be frightening.

McCain as a young man bucked authorities and acted the typical troubled brat, fond of ugly tricks, in school. His academic record is mediocre.

He is the son and grandson of admirals and clearly did not have the talents needed to rise in the Navy. He only got into pilot’s training by his father’s pulling strings.

I suspect McCain suffers from the syndrome common to so many sons of famous fathers, especially ones who just don’t have big talent.

It’s actually another way in which he resembles Bush, because Bush and his father just about came to blows on more than one occasion.

As retired General Clark accurately said, getting shot down in a fighter doesn’t qualify you to be president.

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