John McCain: A Closer Look at Evil (Part 14)


The John McCain docked in Danang this week. No, not THAT John McCain but the USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer named for the Arizona senator’s father and grandfather—both four-star admirals.

One can only imagine the twittering in Hanoi at this event. I wonder if local media replayed the broadcasts that POW John S. McCain III provided for the North Vietnamese in 1967 at the height of the bombing campaign against targets in Hanoi.

It was during his lengthy stay in the “Hanoi Hilton” that McCain provided the “package routes” for U.S. attack aircraft. That classified intelligence enabled anti-aircraft gunners to increase U.S. casualties by 60 percent, forcing an end to the bombing.

Perhaps Vietnam will name a ship after Jane Fonda. This American actress was vilified when she was photographed in Hanoi with the same gunners that McCain enabled to kill American airmen.

Then as now, no one is clear for whom McCain works. His support for Israel has never wavered. When it comes to his loyalty to the interests of the U.S., the jury is still out.

Actually, the jury has yet to be convened. John McCain remains an unindicted co-conspirator in marketing the phony intelligence that took the U.S. to war in Iraq.

He’s proven himself a remarkably effective Israeli asset since his election to Congress in 1982. That conduct continues a family tradition.

The McCain Clan Chronicle

At the height of the Vietnam War, McCain’s father, then senior commander in the Pacific, helped President Lyndon Johnson cover-up the Israeli murder of 34 Americans aboard the USS Liberty.

But for that cover-up, Tel Aviv’s provocative Six-Day Land Grab may well have failed. Certainly the Middle East would now be a very different place.

Had Israel been held accountable for that assault, it would have been perceived in a very different light. Had the truth been revealed, the facts would have precluded its Zionist leaders from forging a “special relationship” with the nation whose seamen they murdered.

Rather than concede the truth, Senator John McCain deployed the perceived credibility of his political office to endorse a cover-up book written by an Israeli operative.

The USS Liberty suffered more than 200 casualties. Survivors report how—after Israeli jets strafed and napalmed the ship—Israeli torpedo boats blew a hole in its side and then machine-gunned not only rescuers but also the fire hoses and life rafts.

The Israelis concocted a “mistaken identity” cover story that the McCain espoused. Senior naval officers familiar with the facts describe this cover-up as among the most shameful acts in U.S. Navy history. Yet even now McCain defends the lie.

That McCain lie was well before the cover-up of the real story behind the murderous provocation that took the U.S. to war in the Middle East.

Here’s a simple question: Which nation most benefitted from the invasion of Iraq? Which foreign nation most wants to keep John McCain in office?

That war was justified with false intelligence marketed in large part by John McCain as he advicated a strategy announced years before in Tel Aviv.

But for his marketing of phony intelligence, that operation may well have failed.

John McCain may be loyal to the wrong country but no one can challenge his loyalty.

Producing an Asset

His handlers long ago branded McCain a “maverick.” That ambiguous casting ensured he need be loyal to no one other than himself. He’s proven himself skilled at that task.

At a recent town hall meeting I attended, McCain described himself as head of “the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.” He meant it.

Yet his closest political ally is Joe Lieberman, a Jewish Zionist Democrat who, when he lost in a party primary, rebranded himself an independent.

McCain’s behavior is not out of the ordinary for assets. Their loyalty is usually to an internal need whether for recognition, influence, money, sex or drugs.

No one knows what happened to John McCain while a POW. Not really. Watch him closely and see if you can detect anyone at home. An inner emptiness shines through.

What indignities did his North Vietnamese captors inflict on the fair-haired, blue-eyed son of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr.?

McCain’s seething anger is palpable—as anyone close to him can attest. While his behavior clearly includes symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it’s also clearly far more than that.

He’s emotionally unstable. He should be kept away heavy weaponry. Even heavy equipment.

The idea of John McCain as commander-in-chief is chilling. During his 2008 presidential campaign, several of his Senate colleagues warned us about his mental and emotional instability. The GOP’s party apparatus shut them up. McCain’s condition continues to deteriorate.

Exposure of the real John McCain would ensure his resignation. Unless he resigns first.

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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.