McCain and the POW Cover-Up
By Sydney Schanberg
The American Conservative
March 22, 2019
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Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam. Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.
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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.
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For many reasons, including the absence of a political constituency for the missing men other than their families and some veterans’ groups, very few Americans are aware of the POW story and of McCain’s role in keeping it out of public view and denying the existence of abandoned POWs. That is because McCain has hardly been alone in his campaign to hide the scandal.
The Arizona senator, now the Republican candidate for president, has actually been following the lead of every White House since Richard Nixon’s, and thus of every CIA director, Pentagon chief, and national security adviser, not to mention Dick Cheney, who was George H.W. Bush’s Defense secretary. Their biggest accomplice has been an indolent press, particularly in Washington.
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While “one should never speak ill of the dead”, in this case, we must recognize historical facts.
Aside from his role in the Keating Five of S&L scandal fame, who will ever forget him casting the vote to spite DJT45 on Obamacare.
These are the reason that the families of POWs and veteran’s organizations are not big fans of John McCain. Every month, in every American Legion hall across the globe, “our POWs a remembered”.
In DJT45’s style of “bull in the china shop”, he’s not exactly wrong. He just doesn’t lay out the factual case that once again the “American Gooferment” is not “veteran’s friend” like all the politicians claim to be.
Lest we forget!
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