How easy it is for hordes of RINOs and others to pile on Donald Trump for his statements disparaging John McCain. Perhaps, we should take a harder look at some of the precepts in play here…
Full disclosure: Since any criticism of the military inevitably invites personal attacks, let me state my own record: While an undergraduate, I had a 2-S student deferment, after which, I was classified 1-A for several years, although this classification became moot after the Vietnam War ended. I was simply never drafted. Had I been drafted, I would have served. Upon learning a great deal about the Vietnam War years later, I concluded that it was a total disaster, producing nothing more than dead and wounded Americans.
Trump questions why a POW should automatically be considered a war hero, and like it or not, his point is well taken. Indeed, during World War II, POWs were regarded as only slightly better than traitors. How did this change?
I submit that the Vietnam War was such an unmitigated catastrophe, that our “leaders” needed to search for any positive story they could possibly come up with. Thus, McCain, a POW, became a hero. As an aside, does this mean that John Kerry and Ron Kovic, both famous protesters of the war–and veterans–were also heroes?
If POWs are heroes, then why did our government, including St. Ronnie himself, eventually give up on finding POWs/MIAs despite credible evidence that there were still hundreds unaccounted for? There are many references extant, including this one that implicates McCain himself in the cover-up.
As to McCain, there are legions who question his heroic status, and references abound implicating him in all sorts of wrongdoing while he was a POW—and before.
Here are but a few links:
Big problems regarding the USS Forrestal incident in which 134 died.
McCain’s sordid personal life.
There are dozens of web pages discussing McCain not being a good guy, covering the entire political spectrum. And Donald Trump is the only person who dares take this guy on.