Wednesday, July 22, 2015
John McCain really isn't a War Hero
Amazingly even a clown like Donald Trump can't get everything wrong; and somehow he managed to get it right about John McCain not being a war hero. However he managed to get this right for all the wrong reasons and a close look indicates that he made statements supporting and opposing the Vietnam war at the same time.
One of the biggest open secrets in this country that is almost without dispute, although the media never mentions it, is that the Vietnam war was based on one lie after another and it had absolutely nothing to do with defending freedom or democracy.
This means that our troops in Vietnam weren't fighting for a noble cause; they were obeying unethical orders that involved invading a sovereign country; and it is only an enormous amount of propaganda that makes it seem like most of the troops were heroes.
However most of them were victims of the politicians that lied to them; but that doesn't include John McCain since he was a son of an admiral that supported the military industrial complex and went on to become one of the politicians that supported one deceptive war after another.
Two Hundred and forty years ago our country signed a Declaration of Independence and fought a war for independence from a colonial country that ruled over us without representation. This was justified, and it would have been even more justified if the people that controlled the new government hadn't excluded women and minorities including blacks and Native Americans from those that were allowed to participate in the government.
Seventy years ago Vietnam did the same thing with just as much justification, demanding Independence from France as indicated in the following excerpt:
After the French decided they weren't willing to continue fighting to suppress the freedom of the Vietnamese the US gradually picked up where they left off giving their own people a different version of the news than the one that people in Vietnam heard and lived through.
The Vietnam war wasn't about fighting against Communism or defending democracy; it was about maintaining control over countries around the world. The Pentagon Papers and numerous other well researched reports have exposed the lies that the government used to justify the war but the government and traditional media refuses to provide much if any coverage of this while repeating deceptive propaganda over and over again.
A famous quote often ironically attributed to Vladimir Lenin says, "A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth," or at least it seems to be the truth, and the myth of Vietnam war heroes has proven how effective this propaganda tactic has been, especially when the real truth is almost completely suppressed from the mainstream media.
There are plenty of history reports that show the real truth and provide sources that stand up to scrutiny assuming people check them, although they aren't in the traditional media and there are also plenty of propaganda books also in libraries mixed up with the good books, so the majority of material available in this country isn't necessarily the best but people who take the time to check facts can sort them out. The more reliable books include the Pentagon Papers, a lot of writing by both Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky and many other good authors, and JFK and the Unspeakable by James W. Douglass and more from alternative media outlets and history books that the establishment media completely ignore. One of the things that Douglass reported was that JFK negotiated a neutrality compromise for Laos which prevented them from joining the Soviet Union and he intended to do the same with Vietnam.
Unfortunately when the establishment media isn't repeating the same propaganda about war they're also doing everything they can to distract people with celebrity and sports worship turning a large segment of the public into a bunch of mindless zombies that hardly hear any real news or pay attention to it when they do hear it.
Environmentalists against War provided a long list of the invasions the USA has been involved in, 'Fighting for Freedom' -- America's Abiding Myth including many coups where the USA has overthrown democratically elected governments, or at least governments that had much more popular support than thee ones they installed. The benefits of these wars have primarily gone to the few people that have profited off of them while they rarely ever share more with the rest unless there are enormous protests.
Martha Raddatz asked Donald Trump if there was anything John McCain could have done to avoid being captured; a good answer could have been simply to abstain from attacking countries that want to control their own politics. He was on his twenty third bombing mission in a war that killed two million people by the more moderate estimates. Most of these people were civilians but even the soldiers were fighting for their own freedom would have been considered justified if it was reported more reliably. When pilots drop bombs from planes it is much easier for them to deny to themselves how much damage they're doing.
It is virtually guaranteed that he killed civilians and if our enemies did that to us in our country then we would be outraged. People were tortured and killed on both sides but only one was actually defending their own freedom, although people rarely hear that from mainstream media.
On top of that he became one of the political leaders that keeps us in a permanent state of war.
And part of the reason they're still able to recruit many people for these wars is because they shipped most manufacturing jobs overseas so that lower paid people would have few if any opportunities here, and McCain is part of the political system that arranged that as well.
Amazingly politicians from both parties routinely take credit for supporting troops and calling them war heroes when they fight wars based on their lies and use it as selective attacks against the other parties as indicated in numerous articles including, To Every Republican Feigning Outrage Over Donald Trump's Attack on John McCain.
Politicians use their fake Patriotism to claim they support the troops while they cut funds to them, deprive them of economic opportunities, send them to war based on lies; then they demonize those who point out inconvenient facts as unpatriotic.
Some of the most important facts are almost completely absent from the commercial media or the political discussion.
John McCain has a long history of supporting one war after another based on lies and often switches positions making it hard to claim he was right both times like when he praised Muammar Gaddafi one year and began demonizing him two years later, Rachel Maddow 2009/2011: McCain said Libya's relationship with the US had taken a "remarkable and positive turn in recent years." This is just one example of his selective ackowledgement of facts.