McCain Begins Attack on Military and Vets

Predicted, Expected, We Warned You

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor


Congress can begin slashing military pay and benefits, cutting access to Tricare Prime and upping fees for retirees.  John McCain said so and he represents everything military. 

John McCain can be in the senate because he isn’t in prison.  He has a pardon secretly issued by President Richard M. Nixon, saving him from a court martial for treason.

This is the same John McCain who fought to stop the search for American POWs when our intelligence officers reported live sightings from reliable sources. 

We learned that hundreds were alive while McCain was blocking efforts for their recovery.  With McCain’s position as “cover,” North Vietnam executed surviving POWS, particularly the 200 held by them in Laos.  This was brought out in the tapes of conversations between Secretary Kissinger and President Nixon that were uncovered in the Nixon Library in the 1990s.

POW Colonel Ted Guy - Leaving Hanoi

I interviewed the head POW recovery officer in Thailand, Col. Jim Hanke, a long time friend, I interviewed Col. Ted Guy, WW2, Korea and Vietnam hero who demanded McCain’s arrest,

I have interviewed so many over the years and yet today, congress turns to him to support broken promises and more broken lives. 

McCain’s peers, McCain’s commanding officer tell a story quite different from that we hear on the campaign trail.

John McCain on Release Day

What is held back about McCain, what is held back about his father, Admiral McCain, amounts to the among the greatest scandals in American military history, aiding the enemy in Vietnam, allowing the destruction of the USS Liberty and most of her crew by his father. 

Yet congress and veterans organizations, the VFW and American Legion worship this guy.

Next comes the cuts to veterans services, cuts in disability compensation, and more roadblocks.  Veterans are an easy target, especially for the millionaires that make up our Senate. 

One million veterans have claims for disability in processing, some for 25 years.  My own took 12 years, just to move the paperwork through the VA. 

This is only the beginning of the cuts.  The biggest cut in Veterans funding has been the 10s of thousands of suicides.  The government has saved several billion there.  This was a plan.  As troops developed PTSD, they were drugged and sent to war over and over, more times, more drugs.

Then they were either thrown out as unfit, bad discharges, 26,000 of these so far, or put in line for VA benefits.  500,000 recent vets are awaiting “adjudication.’

A Vet - His Dog - And His Flag

The provisions made for vets?  We filled the jails, the homeless shelters, they live under bridges, they live on the streets then the kill themselves. 

This was the plan, no difficulty understanding it.  All those “profilers” and MBAs at the VA figured the game out and put it into operation. 

Let’s not forget the few surviving Vietnam veterans.  There is a reason I am bringing this up.  When we are measuring injustice, lets go all the friggin’ way.

Not sure if you know this but Vietnam vets weren’t paid when they served, not in any real sense.  “Military service” was not considered a “real job.”

Some serving in Afghanistan are making over $100,000 a year, some well over that.  Military pay is actually well above all but the best paid professions in the US.  On the other hand, the work is vital, although the wars are against imaginary enemies, often started by the US out of greed or profit but this is not the responsibility of those who serve in the military.

I served in Vietnam and it was even stupider than Afghanistan, if such a thing is imaginable.  I do so love being a citizen of a country so consistently on the wrong side during wars.  Don’t worry, all those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are very aware of this as is everyone who fought in Vietnam. 

The Dufster in Vietnam with the New Guy Smile

Few of those survive today. The issue, why I bring up Vietnam?

Troops who fought in Vietnam and who returned home disabled, except for the most serious of traumatic injuries, were never compensated. 

The average disabled Vietnam veteran received his award and finding at 55 years old or more. Today, the age is 23.

Those who served in combat in Vietnam saw fighting unimaginable by today’s standards, casualty rates in combat units went to near 50% killed.

Then there is the issue of pay.  As a non-commissioned officer serving as a combat Marine in Vietnam, I was paid less than a 12 year old girl working as a babysitter 3 hours a day, 3 days a week.

Our families, the families of those on active duty in Vietnam had no health care or benefits of any kind. Families of Marines serving in Vietnam got nothing no PX privileges, no health insurance, and a living stipend that wouldn’t even buy gas and that cost .30 a gallon back then.

Gordon - After 200 Patrols and 100 Night Ambushes

GI bill?  It paid for college?  $173.00 a month?  Oh please, it paid for nothing. 

In fact, troops serving in Vietnam were paid less than those who served in World War II, got less benefits, and when they came home wounded or disabled were typically denied treatment.

The service organizations, the VFW and American Legion were of no help.  The VFW denied us membership saying Vietnam wasn’t a “real war.”

Vietnam veterans took over several Legion posts and were eventually banned.  Some may wish to remember it differently but I was there. 

My old college roommate, John Humins (Dr. John Humins) and I joked about this when he and his wife visited here last year, our “war against the American Legion” in East Lansing.

But I’m not complaining.  Vietnam was stupid, a war the veterans themselves made the government end.  In doing so, we hoped we would put an end to using up American kids for wars for profit, whether fighting for oil or for Israel or for colonialism, under the guise of “war or terror” or “fighting communism,” it was all the same.

It was always a con.

So, if kids today are paid what they deserve, thousands a month rather than $90 a month for their service, it’s fair.  If John McCain, the debunked and discredited blowhard says he speaks for us, he is wrong.  I am speaking for us.

At times I find myself impatient with military retirees.  I see some as institutionalized, incapable of good decision making.

A Knife in the Back - McCain Style

This knife in the back will wake up more than a few, we can thank John McCain for that.

Yes, I admit that paying a veteran disability for decade after decade is expensive.  Stealing oil and selling drugs, the real business of America, has overhead. 

Nobody knows more about racketeering than John McCain, Jeff Gates will tell you all about that.

The wars were fought to make billionaires out of millionaires and did so with such success that 80% of America’s wealth is now in the hands of 1%. 

That was another plan, referred to as the Project for a New American Century. 

I have a suggestion for Mr. McCain and his friends in congress, who raise their own pay with regularity, who have wonderful health insurance policies for life and seldom die from battle except for the occasional “accidental” plane crash to readjust the voting margins in the Senate.

Find that 1%, find their money, foreign banks are a good place to look, and use that to finance the promises made to America’s military families.

Next time we have a war, in fact I believe several are going on right now, congress can go to the front lines, where we can keep an eye on them.






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32 Responses to "McCain Begins Attack on Military and Vets"

  1. John  October 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    ”Dr. Butler said, I can verify that John McCain has an infamous reputation for being a hot head. He has a quick and explosive temper that many have experienced first hand.”

    John McNasty I call him. I once heard talk show host Mike Reagan (son of Ron) interview McNasty on his radio show back in the mid-1990s. McNasty was on the road and speaking from inside his limousine. I forget the topic being discussed but what I do remember to this day is McNasty’s response to something Mike Reagan asked or said to him. He rudely and unprofessionally hung-up on the host after uttering some kurt answer in response.

    Yeah, “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, Iraq.” NO–BOMB ISRAEL!


  2. afisher  October 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

    As a veteran of the Vietnam era, I never served in combat, as I am a woman. One of my most distinct memories: Sitting at a window that faced the front of the Naval hospital in Oakland, CA, I watched as officer’s were returned via the front door with lots of pomp, while all the wounded enlisted were trucked in via the delivery bay at the rear of the hospital. 40 years later, I cannot get that memory out of my head. I sat there and thought, is this really happening?

    I remember my early Navy days, working in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit in San Diego. Next to this ward was a Plastic Surgery wing, filled with rank and file enlisted personnel who had survived Vietnam battles to end up badly disfigured and housed in that unit. That memory is also permanently etched and that being decades ago, I never believed that these individuals would be accepted back into normal looking society. I thought that the US would never again try to wage a stupid war, sadly I was wrong.

    Cutting veteran benefits is yet another of the biggest mistakes our country could make. It makes me both incredibly mad and sad that some see enlisted individuals as disposable commodities.

  3. ProtectUSA1st  October 20, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I respect, love, admire, and appreciate the sacrifice of all the Vets & Active-Duty-Military Personnel, except for John McCain. Why?

    –McCain in 2006 (3 yrs after the Iraq war has started), he did not even know the major religions of the groups that we were dealing, because he was confusing the Shiites and Sunnis, not to mention the Kurds, but at the same time, he was the #1 adviser and supporter of the Bush Admin.

    –McCain as a 2008 Presidential Candidate I heard him sing “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran at one of this Town Hall meetings. After I read Dr. Butler’s article, I wanted to know more about him.

    –Doctor Phillip Butler is a 1961 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former light-attack carrier pilot. In 1965 he was shot down over North Vietnam where he spent eight years as a prisoner of war. He is a highly decorated combat veteran who was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legion of Merits, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Heart medals.

    –“Dr. Butler said, I can verify that John McCain has an infamous reputation for being a hot head. He has a quick and explosive temper that many have experienced first hand.”

    “Folks, quite honestly that is not the finger I want next to that red button.”,15202,164859,00.html

    Extended GI Bill, Proposed by Sen. Jim Webb, D-VA–Opposed by, among others, President Bush and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain.

    –ABOVE ALL, we have this about McCain the so called “Patriot”
    John McCain told Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, he intends on releasing public statement in support of the release of the Israel-American, who was arrested for spying for Israel and also for sell our secrets to Russian, over two decades ago.

  4. Gordon Duff  October 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Who do you think is responsible for almost sinking the USS Forrestal?

    it was McCain that fired the rocket “accidentally”

    not someone else….

    ah…knowing witnesses…how helpful

  5. usmcviet1967  October 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

    McCain is a mean, old and self-loathing man. He got what he wanted (or maybe didn’t..poor bastard) when he
    was serving. He was a glorified “war hero”……yeah, right. Stupid enough to get shot down by an inept North
    Vietnamese military, and then come back a freakin’ hero..I don’t think so.

    And now he is bitter (has been for a
    long, long time) because the VA system is doing better for the veterans than when he served. He sits back, collects
    his $175K+ salary, gets 4 months or so vacation and has the best healthcare one can want.

    He has done nothing
    for vets for years, and has done NOTHING for his home state of Arizona in which I am residing. He is a waste…
    to ALL. Can you just imagine where we would be politically and economically if he would have been elected
    in ’08 ? Up shit’s creek WITHOUT a paddle. Semper Fi….

  6. Sami Jamil Jadallah  October 19, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Thanks God he is no longer flying.. I wonder how many jets he crashed and at what costs to the tax payers, This man is danger in uniform and out of uniform…

  7. Dave Winnett  October 19, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Amen Gordon!! I cannot believe I supported that scumbag for President. I’m growing more and more disillusioned with conservatives who for years I have supported. No more! The only support sick Gulf War Veterans are seeing to continue Gulf War Illness research are the ultra liberals (Kucinich, Sanders). None of the others give a damn. Screw McCain and all the others in his “club”. Semper Fi, Dave Winnett, Captain, USMC (Ret.)

  8. Paul  October 19, 2011 at 1:27 am

    So, what do you suppose will happen when all the servicemen and women, in all the foreign postings overseas, find out they aint getting paid? In a perfect world, it would be fleet after fleet of ships, and aircraft heading to Washington, to have a little chat with single-helixed mutoids like McCain. I’d pay good money to see that!

  9. Brownwatervet  October 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I ama disabled Vietnam Vet. Took more than 7 years to get my claim through. VA’s unofficial moto: Delay, Deny, Until They Die. Congress wants to bring Tricare up to civilian standards as far as monetary billing (the vets didn’t sacrifice enough in battle). Well, to be fair with the civillian world, who never put their lives on the line for their fellow warriors and country, all military vets should be requesting overtime for all hours over 40 a week, plus interest. I am sure mine would be around $10 mil. That would bring us in line with the civillian world, wouldn’t it?

    Semper Fortis

  10. wallytron  October 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    best use of DU i ever heard

  11. Victor  October 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Gordon, I placed several copies of your article about McCain in the DFAC so some of these your USAF lads learn what is really going on in Washington and those who supposedly represent them.

  12. theo  October 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    McShame is a prince of sleaze. His propaganda videos for the enemy should be played on tv every day to show what a traitor he is. He should be in a cell next to Pollard. He gets his Navy pension PLUS his CONgressional rape-salary and lifetime benefits. Generals get state of the art armor and soldiers are FORCED to wear defective sets. DU is safe so why don’t we make ALL chairs in CONgress out of DU as well as ventilation systems for their offices. How can assholes like this cut benefits whining about being broke then gearing up to invade yet more countries on false provocations?

  13. DavisL  October 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Gordon. I have heard from credible sources that McCain had access to prostitutes during his time as a POW. Do you concur?

  14. Jupiter  October 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Dianne, Good suggestions. Ron Paul intends to do just that, but the mattoidal Zioids will not permit it. Paul wants to dismantle the Zio-American Empire, abolish the Fed, restore the US Constitution, bring home all our troops, close all overseas bases and put the troops on our border with Mexico. My idea of a real man of the people.

    Thnx Tom for the def of the term “mattoid.” I first saw it in American Free Press. Conscienceless, soulless, arrogant, witty smart-alecks in high places who’ve sold their souls to Zionist power and mammon.

  15. S.W.P.  October 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Yes there is plenty on McCain and his time as a POW.Most of it doesn’t bode well for John either.Just start a Goolge search and you will get more than you need to see that he sold out his Buddy POWs/And The USA to keep himself safe.From what I deduce it is more than likely why he was so against the finding of the ones left behind.They would have stories to tell that wouldn’t favor him.

  16. Dianne  October 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Close many of the bases overseas and stop the wars. Save the money from the insanity we are pursuing. Instead of supporting the Military-Industrial complex, lets use that money to care for our veterans, who have served and care for our loyal troops now serving. We should only fight wars that really benefil OUR nation and not some corporation and Wall Street.

  17. Don  October 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Rene you are correct, however, we must band together to remove almost every Senator and Congressperson from office.
    Vietnam Vet who has been engaged with the VA for 30 years!
    Too many of our ‘Brothers’ died for cause, their sacrifice cannot be forgotten.
    Never forgotten!

  18. equalizer  October 18, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Like father, like son…

  19. Sam  October 18, 2011 at 10:54 am

    This article brought to mind an incident I experienced years ago. I was leaving a local store, and saw a guy registering voters, seated at a small table. As I walked by he asked me if I was a registered voter, which I replied I was. We started talking and he said he was a Vietnam vet, and I told him I was also, was there Oct. 67-Oct. 68. After our conversation ended I was walking back to my car, and the following verse popped into my head, almost like someone spoke to me:

    Politicians are a crafty lot,
    They say they will, but then they do not.
    A better way to set the world right,
    Give THEM the guns, and make THEM go fight.

    I have referred to this verse many times over the years. As one poster above said, let them fight their own dirty filthy wars, and put the banksters up front with the politicians.

  20. Jim W. Dean  October 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Ouch! I would say so !!

  21. Tom Valentine  October 18, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I learned about the word Mattoid far too late in life, Children should be educated about mattoids as it is they who stole the world. A mattoid is exceptionally smart and conniving, has no conscience or empathy whatsoever and after reading this excellent piece (thanks Duff) the Mattoid would call for renewing the military draft. Another great service to truth in history here. McCain’s best buddies are well known mattoids in our Senate.

  22. foo  October 18, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Les Visible has such a way with words:

    “…John McCain is running around the armed forces committee with a strap on, looking for veterans who need his attention….”

  23. rgalton  October 18, 2011 at 5:14 am

    McCain was no more a war hero than Kerry, and has long been nothing more than a useful idiot for the Zionists, who reads whatever script they hand him, even when it involves the deaths of millions of wholly innocent civilians.

    That this screw-loose POS got so close to the White House shows just how diseased the system has become.

  24. johng  October 18, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Americans today are also getting a taste of Marxist Economics. Communinism was never equal distribution of wealth. It is equal distribution of the 1% of the wealth left over for the 99% of the population. Your home that you are forclosing on will soon be owned by the state that you will be renting from. Social Marxism will continue to pervade American culture. Immorality will continue to be legislated and Christian Morality will be outlawed.

  25. johng  October 18, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Our American Military now is a Marxist Hit Machine out to destroy every theocratic government whether they be Christian or Muslim! They remain obedient to their PNAC ZIO/MARXIST War Planners. The end game being a Godless World Government.

  26. Ross johnson  October 18, 2011 at 2:54 am

    I remember a stat few years ago during the height of the Iraq war.Of the nearly 500 Congressmen only one had a son on active duty there.Let them fight their own dirty filthy wars.Put the banksters up front first,since they like financing them with our money.

  27. Jon Jon  October 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    This is a disgrace to all Vets ….Mcain burn in hell is not enough ……mcain needs to be made “homeless” and pennyless

  28. Truth Seeker  October 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    From poppa Admiral McCain’s full compliance of the destruction of the USS Liberty to the War Criminal Spy son, we see that the apple does not fall too far from the tree!

  29. wallytron  October 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    anything ever come out about his time spent in nam as a pow

  30. dave  October 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    forgot to add that Anthony Principi , after he was made to step-down as Secretary, ( by Art Bernklau) Veterans for Constitutional Law, bought the contract with the VA for QTC medical for 250,thousand dollars, ” A REVOLVING DOOR POLICY” . Where is the “Board” ( board of veterans appeals) located, U guessed it the International bank buliding, coinsidence?? Right.

  31. dave  October 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Gordon: Great post, there are many others who are ” Treason” also, One that we should not forget is Anthony Principi he with held the evidence on DU for four years before he released it. 11 thousand or more veterans died, what happend to “obstruction” of justice? It was “Engineered” this way, Negligent Genoside??
    Keep up the good work.

  32. Rene Provencher  October 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Veterans you have to ban together to have this Senator removed from office.

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