05/10/2019 (Fri) 07:17:18
Mccain gets a lot of shit for stuff he shouldn't and not enough for stuff he did do like:>>20626
And not to mention his warmongering:>In a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on April 23, 2002, McCain said that "no American leader should be expected to sell a false peace to our ally, consider Israel's right to self-defense less legitimate than ours, or insist that Israel negotiate a political settlement while terrorism remains the Palestinians' preferred bargaining tool."> "As long as Saddam Hussein is in power, I am convinced that he will pose a threat to our security."
Bombing Irana just a joke: >Regarding military action against Iran, McCain said, "I pray every night that we will avoid a conflict with Iran." He has also said, "There's a whole lot of things we can do before we seriously consider the military option," but clarifying, "I still say there's only one thing worse than military action against Iran and that is a nuclear-armed Iran." His comments regarding "bombing Iran" made to veterans in South Carolina have come under scrutiny, despite McCain's statement that the comments were made in jest.
hypocrisy on use of torture, spearheading a bill then giving immunity for people who committed torture:>McCain, whose 5 and one half years of captivity and torture in Vietnam made him a national celebrity, negotiated (in September 2006) a compromise in the Senate for the Military Commissions Act of 2006, suspending habeas corpus provisions for anyone deemed by the Executive Branch an "unlawful enemy combatant" and barring them from challenging their detentions in court. Coming on the heels of a Supreme Court decision adverse to the White House, McCain's compromise gave a retroactive, nine-year immunity to U.S. officials who authorized, ordered, or committed acts of torture and abuse, and permitted the use of statements obtained through torture to be used in military tribunals so long as the abuse took place by December 30, 2005.
As for people knocking him for being POW that's low, especially from people who have never served (Trump for instance). I've even seen people critical of him for not dying in the Forrestal fire, and even blaming him for it. He was in the plane where the fire started but the other plane somehow shot a rocket at his plane and punctured his fuel tank.
The real issue with the Forrestal fire was they were lugging around a big ass WW2 era bomb pretty much because the higher ups at the time had NOTHING BETTER to do with it.
tldr the guy ain't above criticism especially his public life after Vietnam, but knocking the guy's career in the service is mostly unfounded unless I'm missing something.