What’s a Sunday morning without the senile old coot John McCain taking to the McNews shows to bray like a jackass. Running for his sixth Senate term and fearing that Arizona Hispanics will whack him like a piñata as payback against Trump, old McCain is again resorting to whipping out the prisoner of war card. While the ass-kissers in the establishment media will swarm anew it will be with short memories that a similar hit job failed last summer but these people can never be accused of learning from their past mistakes. McCain is demanding that Trump apologize to POWs over the comments that were made last July and then run through the media spin machine to distort what the now presumptive Republican nominee said.
According to the New York Times “John McCain Demands Donald Trump Make Amends to Veterans”:
Senator John McCain of Arizona called on Donald J. Trump to make amends to veterans for his belittling comments about prisoners of war and suggested he would be unlikely to appear on a stage with Mr. Trump until that happened.
Mr. McCain has committed to supporting Mr. Trump as the Republican nominee for president. But in an interview that aired on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Mr. McCain expressed deep dismay at the tenor of the Republican presidential race, saying Mr. Trump make amends to “a body of American heroes” he had offended.
Mr. Trump mocked Mr. McCain last summer for having been captured and imprisoned during the Vietnam War, saying that he preferred “people who weren’t captured.”
Mr. McCain, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, told CNN that he was personally indifferent to Mr. Trump’s ridicule but that he could not abide the affront to veterans in general. Asked if he would appear on the campaign trail with Mr. Trump, Mr. McCain said “a lot of things would have to happen” first.
“I think it’s important for Donald Trump to express his appreciation for veterans — not John McCain, but veterans who were incarcerated as prisoners of war,” Mr. McCain said. “When he said, ‘I don’t like people who were captured,’ then there’s a body of American heroes that I’d like to see him retract that statement — not about me, but about the others.”
McCain is no stranger when it comes to wrapping his mangy ass in the flag and he got great mileage over that ginned up media firestorm over Trump’s alleged blasphemy of his “war hero” legend. Remember, that one was supposed to incinerate the Donald like the airstrike on Colonel Kurtz’s jungle compound at the end of Apocalypse Now. But Trump survived the concerted media bombardment and walked away unscathed, it’s unbelievable that the establishment and especially the deranged McCain believe that they can go to the well on that one again but that is exactly what they are in the process of doing.
If there was actually a functional media in this country instead of the disgusting pack of sycophants that were on display yukking it up with Obama at last week’s White House Correspondent’s association dinner such a gambit would have the potential for blowback. McCain is full of horseshit and there remain many unanswered questions as to his war hero mythology. Last year during the attempted napalming of Trump someone brought two stories to my attention that put things in a vastly different perspective in regards to Senator McCain. There is the stunning possibility that he himself may have participated in a cover up over leaving behind those who were still missing in action in Vietnam.
The two articles are very long reads but well worth the time. One is an extensive essay by Ron Unz of the American Conservative entitled “John McCain: When “Tokyo Rose” Ran for President” which is of particular interest for links to some archival footage that has been cast down the memory hole. The film clip is from a news broadcast from when McCain returned home and shows him walking on his own power – although with a limp – which flies in the face of that famous public relations shot of him shaking hands with President Richard M. Nixon while on crutches but the video footage contradicts the iconic image.
Even more damning is an extensive piece by Pulitzer Prize winning Vietnam war correspondent Sydney Schanberg – who was portrayed in the movie “The Killing Fields”– reporting that Senator McCain himself bears some responsibility for leaving men behind in Vietnam. The Schanberg piece, entitled “McCain and the POW Cover-Up” is jaw-dropping and stunning and it lays out a damning case against the “war hero”. I excerpt the opening but go and read the entire thing and judge it for yourself.
John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.
Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign. Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions. McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.
Perhaps it is Senator McCain himself who has some apologizing to do to the families of those left behind but minus a serious examination his role in the POW MIA cover up the truth will always be obscured by the fog of a war that never really ended.