Mark is judging McCain by irrelevant standards; the question is how POW experience qualifies McCain for the White House, not whether it protects against little slips and mistakes. Let’s quickly review, remembering the lessons of history: every bad president in US history lacked POW experience, and not a single one was tortured:
Way underperforms father and grandfather (why do American dynasties almost always turn to weeds in the third generation, like the Bushes?…but that’s another post)
Really excellent prisoner-of-war
Near-failing college student
Lousy pilot (OK, more than a third of his five crashes weren’t his fault)
Faithless husband and skirt-chaser
Mediocre to poor senator
Circulates in a cloud of shady lobbyists
Wowza prisoner of war
Clueless on too many issues to list
Prisoner of war for a really long time
Admitted econoramus (but has mastered the difference between Shia and Sunni)
Best prisoner-of-war ever; world champion gold medal!
Look at the record above: every one of McCain’s faults is balanced by a (i) much greater accomplishment, that (ii) really matches what a president does.
McCain is hands-down the ex-POW president America has been waiting for.