Thursday, May 27, 2010

You Are Not Were Forgotten

Not by your fellow citizens, but perhaps by the government that sent you halfway around the world, as these articles by Sydney Schanberg and Ron Unz respectively suggest — McCain and the POW Cover-Up and Was Rambo Right?.

"Hundreds of POWs may have been left to die in Vietnam, abandoned by their government—and our media," writes Mr. Unz. Don't click on either of the links unless you are fully prepared to get extremely, extremely pissed-off, because you will read "detailed evidence that hundreds of American POWs had been condemned to death at enemy hands by top American leaders, apparently because their safe return home would have constituted a major political embarrassment."

As I wrote yesterday, "My beloved Mississippian Yellow Dog Democrat granny, who wore a P.O.W. bracelet, advised me, rather commanded me, at a very young age, never, ever, to become an government employee by joining the United States military."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that American politicians sold out the country's POWs in Indochina has long been taught as an established fact at some non-American military academies.

The story is generally told with an additional twist; that Nixon had wanted to pull American soldiers out of an unpopular war, but also to give South Vietnam a fighting chance to win a war, which had not yet been lost, but that the Democrats had made a lot of political points (even won an election if memory serves me right) by pulling the plug on South Vietnam.

When the first POWs came home, a free sample so to speak before the main POWs for reparations swap, they told horrific tales of torture; the Vietnamese had not adequately realized that torture resonates differently in Christian culture, and this is when the decision was made to leave the others in Indochina. As the story is told, the decision was not about the few billion dollars, chump change all in all, but because the American people would have lost all respect for the Democrats who had staked their political career to abandoning an ally in war against an enemy that had so gruesomely tortured so many Americans.

But why does Ross Perot, the POWs best friend, so hate the Bush family?

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Truth has come to mean the lies that everyone believes.

In other words, Truth has been displaced by "Truthiness" and wikiality. If true, Steve Cobert has been proved right beyond his imagining.

8:07 PM  

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