This is all pretty odd… This week an abysmal mail went out to North Carolina showing a cartoon-rendered POW John McCain in captivity. Which whisper campaigning is apparently only reprehensible when it’s against John McCain – but when it involves others they are supposed to stop whining and “suck it up”. But now the Swift Boaters are launching into McCain. I ask myself “why?” Frankly, if the hundreds of thousands of other veterans and servicemen would be heralded the way McCain is, I’d be okay. But this constant idolizing him and paying homage to the McCain golden calf is getting on my nerves. He’s playing the POW card the same way that Huckabee has been trying to play the Evangelical card, Obama the black card, Hillary the female card. No one in the world is guaranteed the most important position in the US simply because they were a prisoner.
The other factor I take a serious look into is McCain’s personality. He has clearly and repeatedly displayed a “volcanic temper” throughout his career. I don’t want another beltway politician and I certainly DON’T want this man representing America with the kind of temperament he displays. At the New Hampshire debate he looked villainous. This is not the kind of person I want to set forth as a national hero to my children. From US Veteran Dispatch:
What McCain’s promoters have carefully edited out of their McCain-for-president equation is his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Department of Defense psychiatrists have evaluated McCain for PTSD several times, the results of which remain locked by privacy laws.
PTSD can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which physical harm occurred or was threatened. U.S. government studies have concluded that former POWs “may remain embroiled in a harsh psychological battle with themselves for decades after returning home.”
An outcome of PTSD is a subtle web of personal problems including difficulty in controlling intense emotions such as anger and an inability to function well under stress.
Psychologist Patricia B. Sutker of the New Orleans Veterans Administration Medical Center and her colleagues reported in a 1991 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry that as many as nine of 10 surviving U.S. servicemen taken captive during the Korean War may suffer from PTSD and other mental disorders more than 35 years after their release.
In a follow-up study, VA experts concluded that POWs suffer “a much greater risk of developing PTSD than combat veterans.”
So here has surfaced an interesting little tidbit that has a list of reason why McCain could very well have a secret relationship with the Soviets. He might have made a few friends while he was “vacationing” in his younger life. I do know there are all kinds of dynamics that go on and nothing would surprise me. Just take a look at the former Senator from Michigan getting indicted this week for funneling money to Osama Bin Laden this week.
So here’s a little bit of what they’ve been saying at US Veteran Dispatch:
Candidate McCain claims his experience as a prisoner of the communists for 5 1/2 years (three of which he spent in solitary confinement) better qualifies him to be President of the United States. He has forged that experience along with his military record deeply into his campaign.
McCain has admitted that his Vietnamese captors considered him a “special prisoner,” the “crown prince” of U.S. POWs, because his father, Adm. John McCain, was commander of all U.S. forces fighting in Vietnam.
He has admitted that because he was considered such a “special prisoner,” he was targeted for intense indoctrination sessions by Vietnamese, Soviet, Chinese and Cuban intelligence apparatuses operating in U.S. POW camps.
According to McCain, the indoctrination sessions included nonstop brutal beatings and threats to withhold medical attention if he did not cooperate.
McCain admits that on his fourth day of captivity, he broke and began cooperating with the communists.
“Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship’s name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant.” Pages 193-194, Faith of My Fathers, by John McCain.
How much more cooperation did POW McCain give his communist interrogators?
It is incumbent upon presidential candidate McCain to prove to the American people that the 5 1/2 years he spent at the mercy of communist interrogators did not make him mentally unstable and that the Vietnamese, Russians, Chinese and Cubans have nothing in their secret files about his behavior as a prisoner they could use to blackmail a President John McCain.
Candidate McCain must explain why, during a May 1993 meeting with Vietnamese officials in Hanoi, he and former POW Pete Peterson (now U.S. ambassador to Vietnam) asked the Vietnamese to keep “Vietnamese files in their possession pertaining to American POWs who were released in 1973 available ONLY to Defense Intelligence Agency researchers.”
Garnet Bill Bell, special assistant to Gen. Thomas W. Needham, commander of the Joint Task Force for Full Accounting, was present at that meeting along with several other Americans.
The Vietnamese, according to Bell, agreed to keep the files, which were apparently extensive, confidential but threatened to release their files on former POW Marine Private Robert Garwood if he continued “to say bad things about them and accuse them of holding living American prisoners of war.”
Candidate McCain must explain why he wants those files kept secret.
Candidate McCain is a strong advocate for bringing Bosnian and Yugoslavian war criminals before a war crimes tribunal, but is opposed to any kind of war crimes investigation of the Vietnamese. Investigations and subsequent trials could bring to justice the Vietnamese torturers known by the American POWs as “the Bug, Slopehead, the Prick, the Soft Soap Fairy, Rabbit, the Cat, Zorba” and many others that were responsible for the murder of at least 55 U.S. POWs and the brutal torture of hundreds of others.
Candidate McCain must explain why he refuses to ask for a war crimes investigation of the Vietnamese, his former captors.
In November 1991, when Tracy Usry, the former chief investigator of the Minority Staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, testified before the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, he revealed that the Soviets interrogated U.S. prisoners of war in Vietnam. Sen. McCain became outraged, interrupting Usry several times, arguing that “none of the returned U.S. prisoners of war released by Vietnam were ever interrogated by the Soviets.”
Yet, former U.S. POW Laird Gutterson, who was held with McCain, told the U.S. Veteran Dispatch that McCain told him the Soviets were involved when McCain needed special medical attention as a result of his shootdown in 1967.
Former KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin testified under oath before the 1992 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs that the KGB interrogated U.S. POWs in Vietnam.
Gen. Kalugin stated that one of the POWs worked on by the KGB was a “high-ranking naval officer,” who, according to Kalugin, agreed to work with the Soviets upon his repatriation to the United States and has frequently appeared on U.S. television.
Col. Bui Tin, a former Senior Colonel in the North Vietnamese Army, testified on the same day, but after Usry, that because of his high position in the Communist Party during the war, he had the authority to “read all documents and secret telegrams from the politburo” pertaining to American prisoners of war. He said that not only did the Soviets interrogate some American prisoners of war, but that they treated the Americans very badly.
Sen. McCain stunned onlookers at the hearing when he rushed forward to the witness table and warmly embraced Col. Bui Tin as if he was a long, lost brother.
Candidate McCain must answer whether or not he had any contact with the Soviets while he was a prisoner of the communists.
Candidate McCain must answer why he warmly embraced Col. Bui Tin, one of his former interrogators.
During the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs hearings, McCain opposed all efforts by the POW/MIA families and activists to have the Select Committee expand its investigation to study how successful the Vietnamese, Soviet, Chinese and Cuban interrogation apparatuses were at exploiting American prisoners of war. During the Korean War, one out of every three U.S. POWs collaborated.
Candidate McCain must answer why he was opposed to such an investigation.
A McCain POW timeline proving that McCain’s collaborations with the enemy continued over a three year period can be found on the internet at: http://www.usvetdsp.com/mcianhro.htm
Is John McCain a real life Manchurian Candidate? The original 1992 John McCain: The Manchurain Candidate report can be found on the internet at:
I admit there are some things the public do not need to know, but we are in essence interviewing candidates for the most important office in the world. I want all the closet doors opened. Our nation has an amazing array of catastrophes because it didn’t ask the important questions. Here’s the really creepy part on another page here:
McCain’s interrogators considered him a “special prisoner.” They believed that because he came from a “royal family,” he would, when finally released, return to the United States to some important military or government job.
I would like to have these issues explored. The way this reasoning is laid out and the “hidden” files that McCain does not want revealed leaves me with some questions. This is a concern. I don’t need brutal details, but I’d like to see an evaluation about the plausibility of these tenuous and twisted realities.