By Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
Did Richard Nixon pardon John “Songbird” McCain of charges as serious as treason and did our defunct mainstream media hide this horrific side of a man who would have been our president in 2008, save only for a Black being on the ticket? What is the truth here? “Colonel Ted Guy was preparing criminal charges against John McCain when Nixon took Admiral McCain’s little boy under his wing. Where are McCain’s 32 propaganda tapes that were made during Vietnam and broadcast over the radio to US troops?” asks Gordon Duff, a disabled, Marine combat veteran of Vietnam writing about the McCain story. Duff is a longtime activist for veterans and POW issues.
Here is an anonymous writer, an active Marine in ’08, who claims to know of and tells the “True Military Record of John McCain.” For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded McCain a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service medals.
‘McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat,’ explains Bill Bell, a veteran of Vietnam and former chief of the U.S. Office for POW/MIA Affairs-the first official U.S. representative in Vietnam since the 1973 fall of Saigon. “As McCain got 28 medals, Bell continues, that equals out to nearly a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys-grunts on the ground-who had more than 7,000 hours in combat and I can tell you that there were times and situations where I’m sure a prison cell would have looked pretty good to them by comparison.”
Now the fire on the Aircraft Carrier, USS Forrestal bodes even more controversy. One blogger felt that McCain acted admirably when the fire on deck broke out, and the reason for the horrific explosion was the decision made to load WWII bombs on board which were unequipped with a fire preventive outer coating.
However, “He (McCain) did a smart ass punk attention getting trick by doing a ‘wet start’ up of his jet. . .when a pilot wants to be a wise ass or show off, this type of engine start creates a large startling flame and lots of surprise noise from the rear of a jet engine on start-up…this was no accident.”
The fierce electrical surge caused the launching of a powerful Zuni rocket across the carrier’s deck hitting other parked planes that were packing 1,000 pound, high-explosive bombs that caused the huge explosion and nearly sank this 82,000 ton U.S. aircraft carrier. “This stunt and aftermath caused the death of 134 sailors.”
What is the real truth about the Forrestal fire? One blogger
compares the Navy’s harsh atmosphere of discipline and strict adherence to rules and regs to that of a Navy pilot being blamed for whatever happens, even if a meteorite fell from outer space next to his plane. However, this harsh and unyielding Navy code may have applied to everyone but McCain, the commander’s son. “Trump is correct when he says McCain is NOT A HERO.”
The issue of McCain’s “Tokyo Rose” type, wartime broadcasts into U.S. POW compounds, to me, is the most upsetting. My students
came into classrooms right after getting off of planes at O’Hare Airport where they were SPIT UPON by leftist, anti-war cultists fired up by the Bill Ayres crew of America Bad, “Hell No, We Won’t Go” rhetoric. Being able to wait out the war in my classroom and that of my University of Chicago colleagues was the ticket to march along Michigan Avenue. The Vietnam soldiers who didn’t have rich fathers, who couldn’t score a high lottery number, who simply didn’t want to go to college were the country’s unlucky ones. “You’re playing with my future,” one rich son blurted out to me one day when I flunked his English paper.
Many of these returning veterans were extremely stressed out, back when PTSD was not a diagnosis. “Read a book,” I said in exasperation to one of them who couldn’t understand what I meant when I assigned a book review, not a book report. A book was the farthest thing from their minds, but a bomb still exploded in their heads and I, as a young teacher, had not the slightest comprehension of what they had experienced.
And here we have a media, a country calling John Sidney McCain a war hero even as unexplained issues and gross misconduct are finally coming to the surface. Even so, during the recent Donald Trump media frenzy not one alphabet cable news flapper even broached these topics. “During McCain’s time in the US Senate, when it was known that American POWs were still being held in Southeast Asia, McCain worked to block repatriation though evidence of surviving POWs was overwhelming.” Is this true? Why would it be so difficult for some reporter, some editor with corporate support to dig a little deeper, to ask McCain himself, to research Vietnam archives, to ask the question: “Did you, Senator, suppress information about missing Americans, about our MIAs left behind?”
My favorite novel is Joseph Conrad’s HEART OF DARKNESS. As Kurtz unfolds the darkness in his own heart, the metaphor of the heart’s jungle deepening becomes ever more dangerous, threatening, surreal, evil. Did the evil of Vietnam forever blacken the heart of America? “What kind of nation would elect, again and again, criminals and degenerates to high office, each designated as the “leader of the free world?” Here is one commenter: “I have spoken with a number of senior pilots from all services about McCain, a number of whom served with him. To a man, they detest him. They don’t generally go into details, but most of it stems from what a pampered ass he was till his dad said, ‘Shut Up and Color.‘”
I feel so much regret now that as a very young instructor I did not understand my Vietnam students, that I treated them like all the rest of the undergrads, that I stayed in meetings when those who didn’t get sent over, berated them. I hurt now because of academia’s disgraceful treatment of the vets from Nam. The academics considered themselves superior because they and their students qualified for collegiate deferment!
Donald Trump’s new hotline: 855-VETS-352 firstname.lastname@example.org DT: “The way veterans are being treated in this country is a disgrace.”