Just to be clear, I put up a short piece this morning claiming to have found a “smoking gun” on John McCain, but quickly learned that it was not. Rather than leaving the piece hanging out there I took it down, but I do take ownership of it. There was a comment left by “Natwurst” in the brief time the piece was up that called out the mistake. Unfortunately, when a post goes down, so do the comments.
In the meantime, the plot thickens. This photo, which I doubted to be honest, apparently is:
It will be verified as such in the film footage below.
Here’s another look at McCain’s meeting with President Nixon, alongside the one that I posted:
Now we can see that the black and white photo was taken a while after the color photo, so that the man seen behind McCain has moved forward and owns the hand with the arrow in the black and white photo. So this photo too is real.
The question then becomes “why the crutches?” Below is a Swedish film put upon YouTube of the supposed POW’s re-entering their lives in March of 1973.
He appears slightly underweight and is walking with a limp, but is walking. Many months later he will do the photo with Nixon, on crutches. Was the photo opportunity with Nixon a setup? Nixon did not need to be in on it (just as we learned he was not part of the Napalm Girl hoax either). Nixon has at times appeared to me to be an inside/outside guy, smart as a man can be, and yet outsmarted by those around him. Maybe he was used here for other purposes … Silly me, I tend to want to believe that Nixon was not a crook.
Also take note, as McCain leaves the bus, the third person leaving the bus – do you recognize him? He appears to be the man
in the middle on the far right (when will I ever get this down) in the photo on the right, judged by all who looked at it yesterday as a paste-up. He has put on weight! Honestly, I have to wonder where these guys were during that time – in Saigon? Thailand? Here’s a passage from an Unz Review article I link below regarding McCain in North Vietnam. His former captives were asked about his run for president.
“To the journalist’s apparent amazement, the former jailers seemed enthusiastic about the prospects of a McCain victory, saying that they hoped he would win since they had become such good friends during the war and had worked so closely together; if they lived in America, they would certainly all vote for him. When asked about McCain’s claims of “cruel and sadistic” torture, the head of the guard unit dismissed those stories as being just the sort of total nonsense that politicians, whether in America or in Vietnam, must often spout in order to win popularity.”
How to make that fit? It appears to confirm that McCain was in Vietnam, but with a twist, that the torture was fake. It could be misdirection, or maybe the Hanoi Hilton was a really nice place to live. The US propaganda system is vast and complex, and these people are very good at supplying details in an offhand, seemingly unintended manner.
So what gives? What am I to make of this?
As my dad advised his boys concerning the opposite sex, “Women are complicated.” To this I add, so is propaganda.
That said, however, I stand by my contention that the John McCain POW affair is fake as McCain himself. I stand by the evidence in the post below, with the exceptions of photos that I have over-analyzed that turned out to be apparently genuine.
There’s another thing to consider here: The whole POW/MIA affair. I thought many years ago it was overblown, and done as a distraction, and also an excuse to continue the punishment of Vietnam by means of embargo after the war. That embargo lasted 25 years. H. Ross Perot supposedly went maverick and went behind the scenes to work directly with the Vietnamese government to bring the men home. This earned him the enmity of George H. W. Bush, and is said to be the reason that Perot ran in 1992 – not to win, but to remove Bush from office and to make sure Clinton got the nod.
That doesn’t read right either, in fact, looks like misdirection. If as I read it there were no men left behind, then McCain’s activities were staged, and Perot’s too. Why would they would blow the issue up like that, make it into a big propaganda circus? It could have been to continue to hold Vietnam’s feet to the fire, or simply as distraction. Most news is fake, so either or both are possible. Or, there is a door three.
For instance, in that same Unz Review article linked below we read:
In 1993 the front page of the New York Times broke the story that a Politburo transcript found in the Kremlin archives fully confirmed the existence of the additional POWs, and when interviewed on the PBS Newshour former National Security Advisors Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted that the document was very likely correct and that hundreds of America’s Vietnam POWs had indeed been left behind.”
I don’t buy this for the simple reason that I know how they work these issues, playing the confidence game and reverse psychology. Saying that something was found in the Kremlin archives is akin to saying that God came down on a machine and verified it – since the Soviets were supposedly our sworn enemy, and it is a secret document, it has to be true. Then to pad it with Kissinger and Brzezinski is to seal the deal, and is enough to convince me that the story is completely false. Their job is not to tell us the truth – that is almost never done. It is to convince us. They are laying it on heavy.
It all goes to show that most of our “news” environment is fake, and controversial issues are often ginned up just to keep us distracted and occupied. McCain is an insider player now, and has been for years. If so, how did he get caught up in the Keating Five scandal? The answer could be that there are factions playing off one another, and McCain was caught in the crossfire. Alan Cranston, Dennis DeConcini and Don Reigle were all taken down by that scandal, but John Glenn and John McCain, both fake heroes to boot, skated. It was said the McCain exercised “bad judgement.” It seems we have seen that before, and it seems his bad judgment never actually costs him anything.
Here is the article from the Unz Review, a link supplied by Daddieuhoh that covers McCain in depth throughout his career. I am not the first to question his integrity. For me, I am drenched now in this issue and need to back off, as if has consumed my time when I am supposed to be doing accounting and other unimportant stuff.