Before John McCain ever started leveling a poor agricultural society in Southeast Asia to the dirt, before he enjoyed repasts of complaining about not being allowed to target more peasants with his scrupulous bombs, he'd already trashed a plane during flight training in 1958, ran a second through some inconveniently placed powerlines while deployed to the Mediterranean, and lost a third on his way to a football game in Philadelphia. When he finally got to Vietnam - whining about his commander in chief in the messhall of the USS Forrestal - his A-4 Skyhawk was struck by a misfired rocket on deck, taking the carrier out with it. And of course he managed to lose a fifth when he was shot down while bombing Hanoi, turning him into the hero we know and love today.
Between his flight record, his cartoonish attitude toward violence, and a certain similarity about the name, I'm now about half convinced that John McCain was the original inspiration for the Disney character Launchpad McQuack:
:: posted by buermann @ 2008-06-15 19:39:19 CST |