Barack Obama “had nothing to do” with Gen. Wesley Clark’s curt dismissal of John McCain’s military record, the retired Army officer wants everyone to know.

“I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president,” Clark said of McCain on “Face the Nation” – and then repeated it on several nationally broadcast venues.

But Obama’s not about to stop using Clark as a campaign surrogate.

I don’t think being booted from your NATO command is a qualification to talk about other people’s military careers, either . . . .

And if, as Rand Beers says, the fact that McCain missed out on the 60s antiwar protests by being in a POW camp means he’s “isolated” on national security issues, then what of Obama, who was attending elementary school in Indonesia at the same time?

UPDATE: Rick Moran: Wesley Clark and the Unbearable Banality of Campaign ‘08.

ANOTHER UPDATE: James Webb flipflops on military service.