Originally Posted by senojekips
I just ask myself, would the reverse be true? Would a successful politician make a good military leader?, and I'm afraid I can't convince myself that it would be the case.
There have been cases where retired military men were at least passable politicians, but that is the case with a number of professions. Andrew Johnson for example was a tailor, but that does not in any way support the argument that all Tailors make good Presidents.
Well Julius Caesar was a trainee priest and a politician and did pretty well on the battlefield, Claudius was a stuttering cripple and led the Roman empire to many great victories. It could be argued that McCain's claim to fame is surviving a Vietnamese POW camp which is a pretty impressive feat but would also indicate that his military career wasn't all that successful by comparison to say Eisenhower who actually led great armies to victory getting shot down may not be in the same league.
So who knows.