Armstrong Economics Blog/Opinion
Re-Posted Sep 3, 2018 by Martin Armstrong
John McCain’s funeral turned into a political event where career politicians did nothing but used the opportunity to bash Trump. The hatred these people are spinning in the country is going to lead to bloodshed. They are convinced that if they can just keep talking shit about Trump they will get rid of him and restore the system to career politicians only who promise change with every election and then do the opposite. It is really becoming so blatant that they hate any outsider who will interfere in their private fiefdom. They could care less about the people and have no problem raising taxes and lowering benefits as they line their pockets from both sides. The simply assume if you keep telling the same lie always, then it will become fact. I was totally shocked to read the new Economist Magazine where they wrote that McCain was an “outspoken defender of free trade, workable immigration reform, balanced budgets and the rule of law against the ravages of President Donald Trump.” id/pg 28; Sept 1-7th 2018 edition. Trump has offered to eliminate all tariffs if everyone else will and cut such a deal as he did with Mexico. He has moved to freeze all government wages which most object to, and the Supreme Court upheld Trump on immigration. I just cannot fathom how what is being reported is just outright FALSE!!!! When the Economist writes this garbage, I really feel that all the news is becoming just propaganda to mislead the public for some hidden agenda. I do not understand how you can claim that Trump is engaged in ravaging the rule of law regardless of your political position left or right.
McCain had even publicly stated that the political system has declined, but he has done much to ensure it will decline further refusing to ever respect that the people voted for Trump because they were fed up with career politicians. Trump is no saint but McCain was no saint either. McCain even advocated ravaging the rule of law using the IRS to ruin adversaries. I have never been an admirer of John McCain and have seen his past as one giant cover-up to create a fake image of a man who simply had the privilege of a high ranking grandfather to escape responsibility for his actions. Nevertheless, I found it personally offensive that such a funeral was turned into a political event that is constantly trying to reestablish the elite ruling class of career politicians and refuse to respect any democratic process or that Trump is there not for personal qualities, but he was seen as the lesser of the evils compared to them. This view that I have encountered ever since Trump was elected was that the people are “stupid” and this is just a fluke that they think they can reverse with the help of the press to constantly talk negatively to unde4rmine the nation and people. They have refused to admit that their management of the country has led us down a path of absolute insanity.
My OPINION of John McCain has been shaped by his track record. It was John McCain who sponsored the Magnitsky Act to cover-up the attempt to manipulate the Russian elections in 2000. Many called him a war hero simply because he was captured. McCain is alleged by other POW’s to have been given the nickname “songbird”, for he would tell the Vietnamese whatever they wanted not to be tortured. He was always in favor of war. He endlessly argued for the war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and wanted to invade Ukraine against Russia. He wanted to bomb Iran. There have been plenty of people who viewed him as a war criminal or a traitor.
Meghan McCain in her eulogy for her late father, John McCain, used the event to attack President Donald Trump. She said “John Sidney McCain III was many things. He was a sailor, he was an aviator, he was a husband, he was a warrior, he was a prisoner, he was a hero, he was a congressman, he was a senator, he was a nominee for president of the United States.” She continued, “These are all the titles and roles of a life that has been well lived, they are not the greatest of his titles nor the most important of his roles. He was a great man. We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.”
John McCain killed many sailors but his grandfather was a Four Star Admiral so he was transferred and escaped changed because he was PRIVILEGED. John McCain, when a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy as a Navy pilot, played a hog-dog maneuver on July 29, 1967, that killed 134 sailors. McCain while on the deck of the carrier U.S.S. Forrestal, pulled a trick by doing a “wet start” up of his jet to show off. This created a large startling flame and sudden shocking noise from the rear of a jet engine. He also seems to have apparently armed a weapon that resulted in launching a powerful Zuni rocket across the carrier’s deck hitting other parked planes. The subsequent massive explosions, fire, and destruction went several decks below and nearly sunk this U.S. aircraft carrier. This stunt resulted in the deaths of 134 sailors and seriously injure another 161 sailors blinding some.
Any other Navy pilot causing this type of death and destruction would have been grounded and charged. Not McCain. For you see, his grandfather was a famous FOUR STAR Navy admiral and his father was at the time a Navy FOUR STAR admiral. McCain was simply transferred and everything was covered-up. What is alleged to have happened thereafter is on that mission in Vietnam, McCain was so disliked by other pilots for what he did and his privileged status, they deliberately left him out to get shot down pulling away to leave him flying alone as an easy target.
Wikipedia, not a reliable source to say the least for it is manipulated by government, says: “During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a prisoner of war until 1973. McCain experienced episodes of torture and refused an out-of-sequence early repatriation offer. His war wounds have left him with lifelong physical limitations.”
John McCain admitted he confessed as a POW. Back in 1973, John McCain testified before a congressional panel about his time in captivity. He said he was denied medical care, beaten and placed in isolation. Curious, they say a liar who tells his story so many times, he forgets what he said before. In John McCain’s bestselling autobiography, Faith of My Fathers, published in 1999 when McCain had his eye on the presidency, he states plainly that he felt bad throughout his captivity because he knew he was being treated more leniently than his fellow POWs, owing to his high-ranking father and thus his propaganda value. Other POWs at the same camp Hoa Lo have bluntly stated that the Vietnamese considered him a prize catch. They even called him the “Crown Prince,” which McCain acknowledges in the book. That is not consistent with being tortured. It would only make sense where there was a threat of being tortured and he did whatever they asked as long as they DID NOT torture him. John McCain said he reached his breaking point and wrote a confession for war crimes, according to an official transcript:
Senator McCain appeared on 60 minutes and told Mike Wallace during an interview originally broadcast on October 12th, 1997 and then it was re-broadcast again on June 6th, 1999, that under threat of torture, he publicly issued a “confession” stating he was wrong for fighting for America. The transcript of the 60 Minutes interview from 1997 shows that McCain stated: “I was guilty of war crimes against the Vietnamese people” and “I intentionally bombed women and children,” which was the confession his North Vietnamese captors had him read.
WALLACE: (Voiceover) People who know McCain well say he can hold a grudge. He also has a legendary temper. But if McCain can be hard on his friends and even harder on his enemies, he can also be very hard on himself.
Sen. McCAIN: I made serious, serious mistakes and did things wrong when I was in prison, OK?
WALLACE: What did you do wrong in prison?
Sen. McCAIN: I wrote a confession. I was guilty of war crimes against the Vietnamese people. I intentionally bombed women and children.
WALLACE: And you did it because you were being tortured and you’d reached the end of the line?
Sen. McCAIN: Yes. But I should have gone further. I should have — I never believed that I would — that I would break, and I did.
John McCain has done his best to keep POW information secret. In 1989, legislation began in the House of Representatives known as Truth Bill 1989 which would have compelled the complete transparency regarding all POWs and missing men from Vietnam. It included: “[The] head of each department or agency which holds or receives any records and information, including live-sighting reports, which have been correlated or possibly correlated to United States personnel listed as prisoner of war or missing in action from World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam conflict, shall make available to the public all such records held or received by that department or agency.” John McCain opposed this bill with the Pentagon. He created his own legislation that restricted the number of documents to be released on POWs, which became known as the McCain Bill. This is what became law in 1991. It destroyed any access to the truth.
Later, John McCain stuck is fingers in the Missing Service Personnel Act, which had been revised in 1995 by families demanding to know what happened to their missing POWs. The Act stated: “Any government official who knowingly and willfully withholds from the file of a missing person any information relating to the disappearance or whereabouts and status of a missing person shall be fined as provided in Title 18 or imprisoned not more than one year or both.” A year later, in a closed House-Senate conference on an unrelated military bill, John McCain, attached an amendment to the act that eliminated any such enforcement removing all criminal penalties while deliberately reducing the obligations of commanders to report on their men who were POWs or missing to the Pentagon. It was McCain who blocked the families from knowing what happened to their missing loved ones. Meanwhile, I do not believe that anyone has ever seen the full transcript of what John McCain said for the Vietnamese. The Pentagon has a copy of the confession but refuses to release it thanks to John McCain’s legislation that was self-serving. Pentagon Refuses to Release John McCain Confession
There were 173 men left behind. According to sources, they were simply executed by the Vietnamese when they were no longer a bargaining chip. There are other POWs who have come out opposing John McCain. Naturally, nobody is given credibility against McCain by the press or Congress