July 2, 2008

WHILE JOHN KERRY WAS GROVELLING TO ORTEGA...:

Cochran recounts McCain dustup with the Sandinistas (MICHAEL NEWSOM, 7/01/08, sunherald.com)

[Thad] Cochran said he observed McCain engage in a physical confrontation with a Sandinista while participating in a diplomatic mission led by Sen. Bob Dole and others in the fall of 1987. Cochran, McCain - who had won election to the Senate that year - and other members of a bipartisan committee of lawmakers called the Central American Negotiations Observer Group - met with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, head of the left-wing political party known as Sandinistas, about tensions in the region.

The atmosphere was tense, as the U.S. was pressing "pretty hard." Cochran noticed a disturbance at the meeting table in a room lined with armed personnel.

"McCain was down at the end of the table and we were talking to the head of the guerilla group here at this end of the table and I don't know what attracted my attention," Cochran said. "But I saw some kind of quick movement at the bottom of the table and I looked down there and John had reached over and grabbed this guy by the shirt collar and had snatched him up like he was throwing him up out of the chair to tell him what he thought about him or whatever. I don't know what he was telling him but I thought, good grief, everybody around here has got guns and we were there on a diplomatic mission. I don't know what had happened to provoke John but he obviously got mad at the guy and he just reached over there and snatched him."


Maverick's temper could be a political problem, but not when the targets are politicians and communist thugs.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at July 2, 2008 3:37 PM

In the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt ... Yessuh!

My hero GW, George Washington that is, was known to have a fierce temper too. I guess he was considered qualified for the job.

Posted by: Genecis at July 2, 2008 5:31 PM

He'll see the occassional world leader that is distasteful to him, but for the most part he'll only have to deal with politicians...

Let Sec. of State handle the others.

Posted by: Bartman at July 3, 2008 8:05 AM
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