Senator McCain and The POWs

kewcomm1 at IX.NETCOM.COM kewcomm1 at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Dec 21 12:56:54 MST 1999

From: The New Australian
   McCain's ties with Vietnam

   Special US report by Ted Sampley

   "McCain's high-profile and unrelenting support for a
   government that brutally tortured and murdered his
   fellow POWs is causing POW/MIA family members and
   fellow Vietnam veterans to question the senator and his

   They ask what drives McCain, who owes his public life
   to the tag "former POW," to work so hard for Hanoi and
   so diligently to discredit any possibility, in fact the
   probability, that Hanoi held back live U.S. prisoners
   of war after the 1973 prisoner release.

   During the POW/MIA hearings, Frances Zwenig, the staff
   director of the Senate Select Committee, reported to McCain
   that she was told by the Vietnamese, during a July 1992 meeting
   with the Vietnamese, that something had to be done
   about the POW/MIA activists who were opposing lifting
   the U.S. imposed trade embargo against Vietnam.

   Not long after, McCain started demanding that the
   Select Committee investigate the activists, McCain
   accused the POW/MIA families and activists who openly
   challenged the U.S. government's POW/MIA policy of
   fraud. In his attacks he said: "The people who have
   done these things are not zealots in a good cause. They
   are criminals and some of the most craven, most cynical
   and most despicable human beings to ever run a scam."

   McCain took the lead in the Senate and demanded a
   Justice Department investigation of the activists. The
   Justice Department investigated and found no reason to
   charge any of the POW/MIA activists. When Col. Bui Tin,
   one of McCain's former interrogators, testified before
   the Senate Select Committee, McCain did not display
   that same "pit bull" inclination to attack.

   During a break in the hearing, McCain warmly embraced
   Tin as if he were a long lost brother. McCain fought a
   hard and successful campaign to get the U.S.-imposed
   trade embargo against Vietnam lifted, despite the
   opposition of all major veterans organizations, the two
   POW/MIA family groups and the majority of the
   Vietnamese Americans in this country. The veterans want
   to know why McCain, the "conservative" politician,
   takes such a strong stand for the Vietnamese Communists
   and against such patriotic groups...."
    As commendable as the Senator's conduct as a POW in Vietnam
was, his "conduct" as detailed above, is not.   Yes, there were
some folks who tried to profit by conning families with bogus
attempts to contact possible living POWs.  But there were many
trying to find the truth, and "throwing" them in with the "conns"
was not the "finest hour" of Senator McCain.  And, it will be
interesting to see what effect this conduct has on his campaign
in South Carolina to corral the support of its many veterans.

Kenneth E. Wyman

"One must fight, if only to have fought according to one's conscience"

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