McCain Lost His Right To Be Called A Hero
He Allowed His Own To Die In Vietnam!
McCain and the POW cover-up
‘War Hero’ Candidate Buried Information POWs Left Behind In VIETNAM
[how could he forget never leave fallen comrades behind]
600 allegedly left in Vietnam
[HE DID NOT WANT ANY NEW POWS FOUND WHY?]
The Nation – 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. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.
Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign. Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions. McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.
The sum of the secrets McCain has sought to hide is not small. There exists a telling mass of official documents, radio intercepts, witness depositions, satellite photos of rescue symbols that pilots were trained to use, electronic messages from the ground containing the individual code numbers given to airmen, a rescue mission by a special forces unit that was aborted twice by Washington – and even sworn testimony by two Defense secretaries that “men were left behind.” This imposing body of evidence suggests that a large number – the documents indicate probably hundreds – of the U.S. prisoners held by Vietnam were not returned when the peace treaty was signed in January 1973 and Hanoi released 591 men, among them Navy combat pilot John S. McCain.
The Pentagon had been withholding significant information from POW families for years. What’s more, the Pentagon’s POW/MIA operation had been publicly shamed by internal whistleblowers and POW families for holding back documents as part of a policy of “debunking” POW intelligence even when the information was obviously credible.
The pressure from the families and Vietnam veterans finally forced the creation, in late 1991, of a Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. The chairman was John Kerry. McCain, as a former POW, was its most pivotal member. In the end, the committee became part of the debunking machine.
One of the sharpest critics of the Pentagon’s performance was an insider, Air Force Lieut. Gen. Eugene Tighe, who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) during the 1970s. He openly challenged the Pentagon’s position that no live prisoners existed, saying that the evidence proved otherwise. McCain was a bitter opponent of Tighe, who was eventually pushed into retirement.
Included in the evidence that McCain and his government allies suppressed or sought to discredit is a transcript of a senior North Vietnamese general’s briefing of the Hanoi politburo, discovered in Soviet archives by an American scholar in 1993. The briefing took place only four months before the 1973 peace accords. The general, Tran Van Quang, told the politburo members that Hanoi was holding 1,205 American prisoners but would keep many of them at war’s end as leverage to ensure getting war reparations from Washington.
Throughout the Paris negotiations, the North Vietnamese tied the prisoner issue tightly to the issue of reparations. They were adamant in refusing to deal with them separately. Finally, in a February 2, 1973, formal letter to Hanoi’s premier, Pham Van Dong, Nixon pledged $3.25 billion in “postwar reconstruction” aid “without any political conditions.” But he also attached to the letter a codicil that said the aid would be implemented by each party “in accordance with its own constitutional provisions.” That meant Congress would have to approve the appropriation, and Nixon and Kissinger knew well that Congress was in no mood to do so. The North Vietnamese, whether or not they immediately understood the double-talk in the letter, remained skeptical about the reparations promise being honored – and it never was. Hanoi thus appears to have held back prisoners – just as it had done when the French were defeated at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and withdrew their forces from Vietnam. In that case, France paid ransoms for prisoners and brought them home.
In a private briefing in 1992, high-level CIA officials told me that as the years passed and the ransom never came, it became more and more difficult for either government to admit that it knew from the start about the unacknowledged prisoners. Those prisoners had not only become useless as bargaining chips but also posed a risk to Hanoi’s desire to be accepted into the international community. The CIA officials said their intelligence indicated strongly that the remaining men – those who had not died from illness or hard labor or torture – were eventually executed.
there is way way more!!!!
locate >>>”My own research, detailed below, has convinced me that it is not likely that more than a few – if any”
additional reading korea
additional reading russia wwii
rock’s face book posting
we left between 600 and 1100 men in Vietnam, in Laos alone the CIA knew of 300+ Laos Prisoners and another 400/500 in N Vietnam/Cambodia. .The North Vietnamese handed over one Laos Prisoner’s name to Kissinger with the understanding that after an pre-agreed upon amount of cash was handed over the remaining men would go free, Watergate ended that and Sen McCain fought to bury the records ..
read this and weep for no one left behind >> only our men on the ground have honor that cry not those on the hill whom since WWII have fought a battle not to have to personally or have there sons or daughters fight any war besides that to stay in office . WWII we left thousands of flyers in Russian hands , in Korea the same,,
for those contacting me asking what did Mc Cain gain? for any VET 63 and above, we can recall the news and the fighting by the families and the press that eventually just died away. One must ask McCain why he fought ginger and nail to bury all records read the story before going questioning why anyone would point a finger. This is not hyperbole
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
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Sheldon Walton What can McCain gain from doing this? Talk about Betrayal!!!
Rock Scarfone before asking that question… you did go and read??? I hope so or the question is moot… He did it already, the question should be , WHAT DID HE GAIN? And that is what floats the hill….did you read the facts? the story was not made up, the details have haunted me for decades because it once was front page news and then it slowly was buried .. TO VETS LIKE ME AT 63 WE RECALL LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. When one could see that people and pages of material and documents where disappearing and men where dying and the story simply was swept beneath the tears of those whom truly cared the mothers and fathers and wives and the children? only those old enough had any inkling of the facts…..