He'll stand his ground, and he won't back down

Wesley Clark:

“John McCain is running his campaign on his experience and how his experience would benefit him and our nation as President. That experience shows courage and commitment to our country - but it doesn't include executive experience wrestling with national policy or go-to-war decisions. And in this area his judgment has been flawed - he not only supported going into a war we didn't have to fight in Iraq, but has time and again undervalued other, non-military elements of national power that must be used effectively to protect America. But as an American and former military officer I will not back down if I believe someone doesn't have sound judgment when it comes to our nation's most critical issues.”

Good for Gen. Clark. While most can agree that his phrasing -- responding with the same phrase that his CBS questioner, Bob Schieffer, had tossed at him -- is something that causes political problems, if only because he should have realized how the mouth-breathers among the media would handle it.

But the essential truth is this: McCain's POW experience makes him a hero, but how you apply that heroism -- and your other personal qualities -- in the broader arenas of politics and leadership is what makes you a president. And McCain's judgment here, as we've seen with Iraq, is not good.