McCain and Eisenhower

During the debates, John McCain told a story that underscored the need for accountability in public officials. Before the Normandy invasion, he said, Dwight Eisenhower wrote two letters. One praising the troops for their success, and the other a letter of resignation from the Army taking responsibility for the failure. In fact, neither of Ike’s letters mentioned resignation. A small error, but a telling one for a campaign that misstates a lot of things. The error was widely noted, and you would think McCain would stop repeating the false story. But no! Here he was this morning on Morning Joe:

Why do this? An accurate recounting of the story still makes the point about responsibility.