McCAIN’S BETRAYAL OF MIAs: The Schanberg Account

Published on July 20, 2015

Is McCain really the hero that everyone is making him out to be?

By Bob Bennett, Instigator News

Sen. John McCain attacked Donald Trump’s followers as “crazies,” something he’s been tagging conservatives with for years. Trump angrily hit back, with the off-the-cuff remark that McCain is “a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

No question this was unwise—particularly because there is a constellation of things to criticize McCain about (read on). The remark gave his opponents—mostly RINOs—an opportunity to strike back, hopefully to destroy him. The Republican National Committee condemned him. Sure: so their real choice, arch-RINO Jeb Bush, can move up in the polls: Fox’s poll on Sunday, showed Trump leading, at 18%, then Walker at 15%, Bush at 14%. All three are just behind Trump, within the margin of error.

So it’s no mystery why Walker called Trump’s remarks “a disgrace.” Same thing with Bush, who tweeted: “Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans – particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration.”

Rand Paul, at 8%, did not criticize Trump; he tweeted: “I don’t always see eye to eye with @SenJohnMcCain. But I honor his service and the sacrifices he made for our country.”

Rubio, at 7%, said: “America’s POWs deserve much better than to have their service questioned by the offensive rantings of Donald Trump.”

Like Paul, Cruz stayed above the fray, tweeting: “John McCain is an American hero. Although we have some policy disagreements, I’m proud to serve alongside him.”

Perry, dead last in the poll at 1%, said: “His attack on veterans make him unfit to be Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces, and he should immediately withdraw from the race for President.” Lindsey Graham, McCain’s Sancho Panza, also called Trump’s remark “disqualifying.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if the candidates who are behind could just delete the frontrunner? And why is Trump that? Because he’s addressing something that’s been driving Republican voters mad, for years. And the rest are too dumb, or too RINO to do the same. That excludes Ted Cruz, who has spoken out on illegal immigration and fought funding the illegal amnesty.

It also excludes Rand Paul, who said this, in the wake of the Tennessee attack:

“I’m very concerned about immigration to this country from countries that have hotbeds of jihadism and hotbeds of this Islamism,” Paul told Breitbart. “I think there does need to be heightened scrutiny. Nobody has a right to come to America, so this isn’t something that we can say ‘oh, their rights are being violated.’ It’s a privilege to come to America and we need to thoroughly screen those who are coming.”

The only two in the Fox poll who didn’t attack Trump are the only two conservatives, while the rest have been unmasked as the RINOs they are. Some may object to that label for Perry, but what else can we call a governor who signed the Texas DREAM Act giving illegal immigrants in-state tuition for Texas, and who spoke before the radical La Raza’s Annual Conference, in 2010?

One can only wonder why the Donald doesn’t hire an oppositional research person to craft his remarks a little better. Had he done so, he could’ve hit back with this little-known report, which strikes at the only thing McCain has going for him. And it’s something he did in partnership with then-Senator John Kerry.

Pulitzer award winner Sidney Schanberg wrote in a powerful 2010 article, titled “McCain and the POW Cover-Up”:

“John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home.

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