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Interview: McCain Fellow Hanoi Hilton POW & Naval Academy Dorm-mate; Why He Won't Vote For McCain

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Kall:   You know, you've talked about him being--engaging in brinkmanship and in wild, crazy kind of behavior, how do you think that would translate into his functioning as a president? 

Butler:   Well, that's a problem I have. Like I said, I really respect him and I have to say that I like him very much. He's a funny guy if you're ever around him, he's got incredible wit, he's funny, he's likeable; if you're with him for a few minutes, you're immediately going to like the fellow. 

Kall:   Yeah, the guy you'd like to have a beer with-- or a couple. 

Butler:   Yeah, exactly. "To have a few drinks with, and interesting…but for me, the only problem I have is that electing a person to be the President of the United States of America falls into a whole different category. It obviates anything like a former friendship or a former liaison or partnership, or family member or anything else; it has to be somebody with special qualifications. I don't see that John has those qualifications; he has a personality that concerns me were he to become president of the United States.  

And the other thing is that it's not just his military service, but what has John done, how does he actualize, how does he take lessons from his military service in terms of how he sees the world today, and I think it's all wrong; I think his lessons from Vietnam are all wrong; he's helped lead us right back into another Vietnam in the Iraq War.

He's a bellicose kind of a guy, he's aggressive, he's a black and white thinker. He doesn't see nuances, just like George Bush doesn't see nuances; he thinks that things are black and white.  

He does his campaigning-- the other day he was being interviewed asked a couple of questions, and he answered, "yes, yes and no." and then everybody clapped, but that's the wrong kind of thinking than we want in the President of the United States; we want somebody who sees the complexity of the World Order. 

Kall:   I'm curious. In his role in the Navy. Did he ever play a role as a leader? 

Butler:   When he came home, I understand that he was the Commanding Officer of a training squadron, a replacement aircraft squadron on the east coast; I believe that it might have been in Jacksonville, but in that squadron he was a squadron commander. And I understand that he was well thought of as a squadron commander. But there again, that job doesn't translate to President of the United States. 

Kall:  What's it involve being a squadron commander? 

Butler:  It's like being a CEO. They probably had multimillions of dollars worth of aircraft and supplies and material goods under his command and maybe a couple of hundred people, so it's tantamount to the military version, if you could draw somewhat of a comparison to being a CEO. 

Kall:   Of a medium sized company, maybe. 

Butler:   Yes, I would say so. 

Kall:   and his reputation was that he did a decent job there. 

Butler:   I heard that; I wasn't there to see or hear; I'm on the west coast, but I heard that he was pretty well received. 

Kall:   And before, you mentioned that he had a couple of crashes or accidents before he was captured? 

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Thanks for getting this interview! I'll post t... by Nicholas Smith on Monday, Oct 27, 2008 at 6:32:28 PM
My niece graduated from the Naval Academy, as did ... by Laurianne Manchester on Monday, Oct 27, 2008 at 6:50:53 PM
that defines the differences between the candidate... by MJ Creech on Monday, Oct 27, 2008 at 7:24:58 PM
this is insane. how does anyone have any support i... by Jeremy Nino on Monday, Oct 27, 2008 at 9:29:50 PM
When I was in the patrol bomber VP Navy during the... by John Hanks on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 12:15:04 AM
and confirms my gut feelings about Mccain and why ... by Hope Hofmann on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 12:27:40 AM
The interview with CDR Butler points up an importa... by Richard Wise on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 at 4:03:05 AM