You would never know it from the media coverage but John McCain is not one of America's greatest war heroes. He is a former POW who survived, heroically. He deserves to be honored for that heroism.Rosenberg has more. For instance, did you know Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak was the most decorated soldier in Israel's history? Or the war heroism of Ariel Sharon or Yitzhak Rabin?
But one thing distinguishes McCain from other war heroes, the kind whose heroism changes history rather than their life stories.
America's two greatest war heroes were Ulysses Grant and Dwight Eisenhower. Grant saved the union. And Ike saved civilization.
And neither one ever bragged about their experience. (Can you imagine Ike smacking down Adlai Stevenson by saying that while Adlai ran a nice medium-sized state, he was the Supreme Allied Commander who ran D-Day, defeated Hitler, and liberated Europe?).
Rosenberg concludes, "none of these guys talked about it. McCain does. Continuously. His lack of modesty -- about something war heroes tend to be modest about -- does not become him."