Is John McCain a Myth?

Unfortunately, John McCain is very real.

But McCain’s history, and the history of events around him, are full of myths.

Back in 1999, Justin Raimondo wrote an excellent piece about many of those myths.

This month’s issue of The American Conservative magazine is revisiting John McCain’s relationship to an almost-forgotten American historical controversy: was the story of the left-behind POWs truly a myth, or was there a lot more to it. And did John McCain help to cover up the truth? Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Sydney Schanberg says that he did.

Schanberg presents an expanded version of his 2008 report on the cover-up, as well as a new article on his fight to report the truth. The articles are accompanied by commentaries on Schanberg’s report by Alexander Cockburn, Andrew Bacevich, Gareth Porter, Peter Richardson, John LeBoutillier, and Ron Unz.

Today, presents these articles for our readers.

12 thoughts on “Is John McCain a Myth?”

  1. McCain is a war criminal for the indiscriminent bombing of civilians in Vietnam and a traitor for violating the UCMJ, Uniform Code of Military Justice but was saved from court martial by his Admiral Father who changed the Code retroactively so John wouldn't be prosecuted. McCain disclosed more than his name, rank and serial number and broadcast radio propaganda for the Vietnamese. He also admitted his war crimes on radio Hanoi. These are not myths. McCain is the only ex POW I've ever known, including my cousin, or heard about bragging his being a POW. McCain uses it to profess his heroism.

  2. And McCain’s stated opposition to the Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts was largely based on socialist, class-warfare rhetoric — tax cuts for the rich, not for the middle class. The public record is full of these statements. Today, he recalls only his insistence on accompanying spending cuts.

    As chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, McCain was consistently hostile to American enterprise, from media and pharmaceutical companies to technology and energy companies.

  3. I don’t know where this comes into the myth part, but John McCain is an addled -brain old geezer, who if he had been elected, would have started a war with Russia by now. He and Palin were so bad an idea, that I damn near voted for Obama and Biden.

  4. Being a resident of the Grand Canyon State, all I can say is: If you've ever lived or spent any serious length of time here, it should come as no surprise that McCain has endured in Congress for so long, despite his odious record on just about anything and everything. Let me put it most politely by saying that when God was doling out brains and common sense, Arizona's voters arrived long after the supply had run out.

  5. McCain was a sham from the start, but was protected from the start of his career, through Keating 5 and other scandals, precisely because he was compromised. This assured he was a 'made' man who would dutifully carry out his role as enabler of the total state, while retaining right cover.

  6. All you have to do to find out about the character of John McCain is look into the way he treated his first wife. It was his first wife who raised his oldest children and stuck by him while he was a POW in Viet Nam. How did John McCain repay the loyalty and devotion of his first wife? He had an affair with a younger, richer, and more pretty women, (who became his second wife) and dumped his loving and devoted first wife because she became mangled, fat, and ugly (on the outside only) because of a serious car accident. This guy is a first class creep regardless of what did or did not know about alleged POWs left behind in Viet Nam.

    1. The man is indeed a "creep". He reminds me of that character in the "Dead Zone" who became president. And it is telling that the way he treated his first wife pretty much shouts out that he is a liar and more than likely lied about POWs. Why wouldn't he? Because history has shown him that he will not be held accountable for his actions.

    2. McCain repeatedly invoked Reagan although only meeting him once while waiting in a with others at a function. The Reagans, especially Nancy, hated McCain for the reason of McCain discarding his ill wife. If you didn't get along with Nancy you weren't going to get along with Ronnie! The Reagans didn't vote for McCain and Bush2, citing Ron Jr. "why would I vote for an obnoxious drunk" meaning Bush2 who he knew from the White House days.

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  8. McCain is a war criminal, unindicted, for bombing civilians in Vietnam and a traitor for violating the UCMJ, Uniform Code of Military Justice for giving more than his name, rank and serial number while a POW. He also admitted he was a war criminal on radio Hanoi while spreading propaganda to US toops. He's the only POW i've even known about, including my cousin, who uses his POW to profess himself as a hero. His Admiral father changed the UCMJ to retroactivley prevent Johnnpoo from being court martialed for being a traitor. He's been supported by a government since before his birth, pre natal care, at a military hospital in Panama. He's never paid his own way going to government schools and being admitted to Annapolis based on his family history not on his merits. Even in Vietnam he was taken care by their government while a POW. He doesn't seem to ever had a job. He's a loser and the fact that he could dupe his fellow "Americans" while never accomplishing or producing anything other than hot air and self congradulations proves how how ignorant American society is. Then the Keating corruption, McCain is a digusting, despicable, ingrate, cretin!

  9. if you count all the dead sailors on an aircraft carrier the miserable sack of crap started on fire with a ‘wet start’, as well as his incessant collaboration with the enemy in Vietnam, you could call him a few things that can’t be written here because they’re too profane, and defamatory to female dogs in heat.

    this is the kind of scumbag you get when you have an admiral’s kid or for that matter, any other ‘fortunate son’ trying to be ‘war hero’ but is too incompetent to safely operate a jet aircraft of any kind, let alone a tactical fighter jet on an aircraft carrier with a wooden flight deck.

    McCain should have been cashiered out of the Navy before he killed more than a 100 sailors and destroyed a signficant number of planes, as well as severely damaging a Navy aircraft carrier.

    Same goes for George H.W. Bush, who leaves his disabled aircraft, a torpedo bomber, with crewmen who can’t get out of it while he floats down to the sea and waits in his dingy for a convenient submarine to nab him on his first and last combat mission of the war.

    How many times, has the nation been cornholed by fake, lying piles of doo-doo that, just like George W. Bush, masquerade around in flight gear, but in reality, wouldn’t make an honest pimple on a real airman’s ass??

    Too many times! Mister ‘Keating Five’ McCornhole is a disgrace to the uniform he wore in the U.S. Navy, and a disgrace to a nation that all too often lets nimrods like that have toys they’re not qualified to play with, i.e., fighter jets, or things like Central Intelligence Agencies, named after their sorry, incompetent, incredibly treasonous butts.

    The name of Bush, McCain, and so very many others besmirch and dishonor this nation to the degree that had none of them been born, this nation would have been so very better off without them ever having come into existence. They’re all sleaze, and they all owe this nation and it’s military members whom they have screwed, both those who’ve died in wars before them, and those squandered in wars BECAUSE OF THEM!!!

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