Like the evil Wes Clark, I'm a bit unclear on what it is about the physical and moral courage John McCain showed while captive in Vietnam that indicates he'd do a good job of managing US national security policy. The key point I'm missing seems to be that "military background = awesome" irrespective of specifics. Thus, when the NBA tells us it's going to clean up officiating by hiring retired Army Major General Ronald Johnson we raise no eyebrows at the news that Johnson "was commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region division, from 2003-04, responsible for overseeing $18 billion of reconstruction in Iraq." After all, it's not like half that money went missing or anything.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.