Mr. McCain, you need to stop. Take a deep breath John. You are so lucky this isn’t a contest about character. Your opponent is on his first marriage. He doesn’t fly off the handle for no reason. He doesn’t attack your efforts. He didn’t graduate so low in his class at the Naval Academy his grandfather, who happened to be an Admiral, had to help him out.

Like some people.

It’s close now, I understand. You want to push things over to your side. You’re upset because the mainstream media isn’t making you the pin-up boy. Your photo op was ruined by an avalanche of applesauce. Instead of going to Germany, you take pot shots outside a German restaurant. You continue your staycation version of an overseas trip by holding hands with the Dalai Lama in Denver.

Let’s clear it all up please. You served in Vietnam. So did my father. I love my father but his service there as an Army pilot doesn’t qualify him to run the military.

My grandfather was also a Naval pilot in WWII. He also went to the Naval Academy. He also had a temper in his 70s. His service and character didn’t qualify him to be President or run the military.

Neither does yours. General Clark was right about that. Your opponent wants to run a clean campaign so he didn’t clip your legs right out from underneath you on this. He ordered everyone to give you respect on your service.

You are betting the farm on being the guy who can lead our wars overseas when the world is clearly saying THEY DON’T WANT YOU. A poll of five countries-Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia-said they want Obama. Most countries think America is a “force of evil” with Italy being the only one with a slight majority saying America is a “force of good”, according to the Telegraph.

I don’t know about anyone else but I’d sleep better with more countries around the world thinking good of us and wanting us to lead the world into a better future. Our economy is hurting over this and we are going to bankrupt ourselves fighting every chance we get.

Mr. McCain, you failed in your photo op with the Dalai Lama. Why? Because His Holiness Dalai Lama practices non-violence and seeks opportunities to use tolerance. In responding to Robert Thurman about the possible futility of these actions His Holiness said, “This is hard to explain. In our own case, we don’t consider the loss of a monastery or a monument the end of our entire way of life. If one monastery is destroyed, sometimes it happens. Therefore, we don’t need to respond with desperate violence. Although under particular circumstances, the violence method — any method — can be justified, nevertheless once you commit violence, then counterviolence will be returned. Also, if you resort to violent methods because the other side has destroyed your monastery, for example, you then have lost not only your monastery, but also your special Buddhist practices of detachment, love, and compassion.”

Shock and awe failed. The wars are failing. The initial response failed. We did not need to send that many soldiers and contractors over to die. Adding the Halliburton cabal did not make this better. How the soldiers are abused coming home is a failure. The money being wasted is a failure. The whole damn enchilada is a failure.

Of course, the surge was a rotten idea because the whole thing is a festering pile of ill-conceived lunacy. I know you are in a tough spot trying to get the fans of Bush’s positions so you don’t break away from your party entirely. You also must distinguish yourself from your candidate. But to say he failed a real-time test on being Commander-in-Chief because he voted against the surge 16 months ago is a load of crap. It’s also like picking a fight with your spouse because she didn’t do the dishes a year and a half ago.

If you are going to take this tactic, you must amend your commercials in which you say you hate war.

Everyone needs to sit down and re-evaluate the function of that office. Take another breath and don’t mess it up. Please. Fight a fair fight. Say some truth.