In June 1963, Jack Kennedy insisted on inspections of Israel’s nuclear facility. He was dead by November. He died trying to create a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.
John McCain is alive. Or so it’s reported—though looking pale, elderly and frail. What’s he doing about the nuclear threat in that volatile region?
Yes, he spent 5-1/2 years as a prisoner of war. His fellow prisoners walked out gaunt. Check out the photos of McCain when he was released.
As the fair-haired, blue-eyed son of a U.S. admiral, the North Vietnamese saw him as a wartime prince in captivity.
In truth, he was a last-in-his-class brat at the Naval Academy best known for crashing planes and still getting plumb assignments. He rode the family name to privilege and fame. And parlayed his lineage to better treatment than other POWs.
During his formative years, he was the party boy son grandson of a fabled WWII admiral.
Three months before he became a POW, his admiral father helped Lyndon Johnson cover-up an Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 Americans. Six months later, Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. was named commander of all U.S forces in the Pacific.
Colonel Ted Guy, John McCain’s commanding officer while a POW, wanted charges lodged against him for treason on his return.
McCain received a Silver Star for conduct in 1967. That’s also when he made a series of damaging broadcasts for the North Vietnamese. Here’s an assessment by Colonel Earl Hopper a Vietnam-era intelligence officer:
“Within five or seven days after being captured McCain made a deal to trade medical care in exchange for highly classified military information including specific details of the package routes for bombing North Vietnam. He also told them the primary bombing targets. We lost 60% more aircraft and men because of the information McCain gave to the North Vietnamese. After about a month things had gotten so bad that we called off bombing North Vietnam.”
Does John McCain have good cause to keep secret his conduct while in captivity? You betcha.
The facts conflict with Brand McCain, the electable war hero and fabled maverick in the political lineage of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.
Has he been imbedded in a culture of lies for so long that he can no longer tell the truth?
As a frequent travel companion of Senator Joe Lieberman, McCain has long been loyalty challenged. Call it too much time in Tel Aviv.
The Zionist state specializes in waging war “by way of deception.” John McCain sold us the invasion of Iraq on phony intelligence, much of it “fixed” around an Israeli agenda.
How that happened remains for him to explain. Out here in the summer heat of Arizona, we’re still waiting.
An explanation without an apology should be impossible. But if anyone can do it, McCain can.
The McCain Lineage
McCain’s grandfather was the real deal. A dedicated and widely admired four-star skipper, he died within days of the end of World War II.
By all accounts, McCain’s father was also a top-notch commander. Then came his complicity in the cover-up of the Israeli murder of Americans during Tel Aviv’s Six-Day Land Grab.
That Israeli assault on a U.S. Navy vessel left more than 200 casualties. After Admiral McCain’s complicity in the Lyndon Johnson cover-up, the McCain family began to deteriorate.
As a U.S. Senator, John McCain sustained the lie when he endorsed a cover-up book written on the USS Liberty by a part-time bankruptcy judge and Israeli operative living in Florida.
Knowledgeable veterans are outraged that the murder of Americans by a purported ally is being covered up decades later by the same public official who gave Order of Battle information to an enemy and made for them dozens of damaging radio broadcasts.
U.S. intelligence monitored the McCain broadcasts (roughly 35 total). That’s why he was denied a promotion while in captivity—contrary to the norm for POWs.
McCain says he gave only useless information. Yet American losses soared with the enemy’s awareness of the altitude, direction and primary targets of U.S. attack aircraft.
No one can say for certain how they would respond to the conditions McCain faced. He concedes that he cracked. So don’t be too quick to judge.
Yet the key point remains: who would dare build a war hero façade on the deaths of his fellow naval aviators?
How many Americans were shot down—aided by information provided by this purported hero?
At age 74, McCain has done enough damage. He may yet sell us on an invasion of Iran though Israel, not Iran, has a nuclear arsenal.
Maybe that’s why John McCain remains alive. Kennedy is still dead.
A Vietnam veteran, Jeff Gates is a widely acclaimed author, attorney, investment banker, educator and consultant to government, corporate and union leaders worldwide. He served for seven years as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.
He is widely published in the trade, popular and academic press. His latest book is Guilt by Association: How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War.
His previous books include Democracy at Risk: Rescuing Main Street From Wall Street and The Ownership Solution: Toward a Shared Capitalism for the 21st Century. Topical commentaries appear on the Criminal State website.