Arizona Senator John McCain has betrayed the American people and President Trump on numerous occasions. Ever since Trump got into office, McCain has done everything in his power to subvert Trump. McCain voted with Democrats on major legislation for the sole reason to oppose Trump. Not only that, but there have been numerous reports about his ties to Muslim terrorists and more specifically the “London Bomber.” McCain has been in George Soros pocket for years and won’t dare go against him.
For many years McCain has garnered sympathy from the American people who believe that he is a Vietnam “War Hero.” The truth is that McCain is anything but a hero. It’s time that the truth is revealed about what John McCain did during his time in the military before he dies and tributes are made about his “service” in the Vietnam War. McCain came from a long line of soldiers. Both his grandfather and father were high ranking Naval commanders during his time in service. His father and grandfather were both four-star admirals. Thanks to his family ties, many of McCain’s scandals and betrayals were quickly swept under the rug.
The truth is that John McCain was directly responsible for the atrocity that occurred aboard the USS Forrestal Aircraft Carrier on July 31, 1967. McCain’s cocky maneuver of doing a “wet start” of his plane would go on to kill 134 sailors and is the deadliest loss of life the Navy has ever seen. But fortunately for McCain, his 4-Star Admiral father buried the incident and the Navy placed blame on anyone on the tragedy. Because of this inaction, McCain was able to continue his service in the military and went on to be involved in another major scandal.
Prissy Holly reported that three months after the bloody tragedy on the USS Forrestal Aircraft Carrier, John McCain was sent on a bombing mission over Hanoi in October of 1967 when he was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese, where he would go on to be a prisoner of war until 1973. After being released from captivity, McCain would use his POW story and veteran status to rise to political prominence, where his image as a “Vietnam war hero” would go on to propel him to be elected as a United States Senator.
For years McCain was able to fool the country and become a career politician eventually getting himself involved with another scandal where he quietly pushed and sponsored federal laws that would keep the most damning information about our POWs buried through classified documents.
According to The American Conservative:
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.
The sum of the secrets McCain has sought to hide is not small. There exists a telling mass of official documents, radio intercepts, witness depositions, satellite photos of rescue symbols that pilots were trained to use, electronic messages from the ground containing the individual code numbers given to airmen, a rescue mission by a special forces unit that was aborted twice by Washington—and even sworn testimony by two Defense secretaries that “men were left behind.” This imposing body of evidence suggests that a large number—the documents indicate probably hundreds—of the U.S. prisoners held by Vietnam were not returned when the peace treaty was signed in January 1973 and Hanoi released 591 men, among them Navy combat pilot John S. McCain.
The Pentagon had been withholding significant information from POW families for years. What’s more, the Pentagon’s POW/MIA operation had been publicly shamed by internal whistleblowers and POW families for holding back documents as part of a policy of “debunking” POW intelligence even when the information was obviously credible.
The pressure from the families and Vietnam veterans finally forced the creation, in late 1991, of a Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. The chairman was John Kerry. McCain, as a former POW, was its most pivotal member. In the end, the committee became part of the debunking machine.
One of the sharpest critics of the Pentagon’s performance was an insider, Air Force Lt. Gen. Eugene Tighe, who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) during the 1970s. He openly challenged the Pentagon’s position that no live prisoners existed, saying that the evidence proved otherwise. McCain was a bitter opponent of Tighe, who was eventually pushed into retirement.
Included in the evidence that McCain and his government allies suppressed or sought to discredit is a transcript of a senior North Vietnamese general’s briefing of the Hanoi politburo, discovered in Soviet archives by an American scholar in 1993. The briefing took place only four months before the 1973 peace accords. The general, Tran Van Quang, told the politburo members that Hanoi was holding 1,205 American prisoners but would keep many of them at war’s end as leverage to ensure getting war reparations from Washington.
The American Conservative went on to say, McCain was also instrumental in amending the Missing Service Personnel Act, which had been strengthened in 1995 by POW advocates to include criminal penalties, saying, “Any government official who knowingly and willfully withholds from the file of a missing person any information relating to the disappearance or whereabouts and status of a missing person shall be fined as provided in Title 18 or imprisoned not more than one year or both.” A year later, in a closed House-Senate conference on an unrelated military bill, McCain, at the behest of the Pentagon, attached a crippling amendment to the act, stripping out its only enforcement teeth, the criminal penalties, and reducing the obligations of commanders in the field to speedily search for missing men and to report the incidents to the Pentagon.
About the relaxation of POW/MIA obligations on commanders in the field, a public McCain memo said, “This transfers the bureaucracy involved out of the [battle] field to Washington.” He wrote that the original legislation, if left intact, “would accomplish nothing but create new jobs for lawyers and turn military commanders into clerks.”
McCain argued that keeping the criminal penalties would have made it impossible for the Pentagon to find staffers willing to work on POW/MIA matters. That’s an odd argument to make. Were staffers only “willing to work” if they were allowed to conceal POW records? By eviscerating the law, McCain gave his stamp of approval to the government policy of debunking the existence of live POWs.
It’s amazing how far McCain went to bury his dark past, and he even went so far as to demonize the two Pentagon chiefs’ sworn testimonies about the men who were left behind while insisting that all the evidence including documents, witnesses, satellite photos be buried. To this day McCain denies the overwhelming evidence and calls anyone who believes otherwise that they are “hoaxers,” “charlatans,” or “conspiracy theorists.”
McCain has gotten away with far too many crimes and the time has come for the people to learn the truth. He is not a war hero; he should be labeled a war criminal. His betrayals are many, and he does not deserve to be paid tribute to after his approaching imminent death.