On the Death of the “Hero” John McCain

It’s sad and tragic when people die, even John McCain.

Now that cancer has claimed McCain, the establishment media—and this includes the “alternative” establishment media, including The Drudge Report—have put him up on a pedestal while engaging in rather saccharine praise of the late Senator from Arizona. 

Here are a few headlines posted at the top of Drudge:
Scarred but Happy Warrior…
‘Last of the American heroes’…
Fiercely independent…Titan of American politics…
The Senator No One Could Ignore…
35-year congressional career…
Clashed with media…
Hollywood Cameos Caused Controversy…
Lectured executives for pushing R-rated films…
2008 NIGHTMARE: Obama beat McCain by two-to-one electoral college margin…
Reactions to passing…
Will lie in state at Capitol… 

I read a few articles—those I could stomach—reviewing McCain’s life and “accomplishments.” 

I did not encounter any mainstream media articles going over McCain’s “accomplishments” in Vietnam, where as a pilot he participated in Operation Rolling Thunder. McCain bombed civilian targets in North Vietnam before his A-4E Skyhawk was shot out of the sky. His final target was a lightbulb factory. 

John was only following orders. 

According to the Geneva Conventions, McCain is a war criminal. 

The Geneva conventions… specifically forbid indiscriminate bombing that could cause incidental loss of civilian life or damage to civilian objects. Adding to the Geneva code was the decision at the Nuremberg trials after World War Two: military personnel cannot defend themselves against such a charge with a claim that they were simply following orders.

McCain defended bombing civilian infrastructure, homes, hospitals, etc. In his book, Faith of Our Fathers, McCain wrote that he wasn’t happy with a decision to limit bombing to military installations. 

“I do believe,” McCain wrote, “that had we taken the war to the North and made full, consistent use of air power in the North, we ultimately would have prevailed.”

In 1967, the Pentagon announced that 864,000 tons of US bombs were dropped on North Vietnam during Rolling Thunder, compared with 653,000 tons dropped during the entire Korean War and 503,000 tons in the Pacific theater during the Second World War.

Remarkably, a large number of Americans have no idea what happened in Vietnam beyond fictional portrays in movies like Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, and The Green Berets, starring John Wayne. 

Chase Madar writes:

From Generation X on down, there is a gaping lack of knowledge about the most foolish and brutal of our postwar wars. (Yes, worse than Iraq.) But this is not a vacant lot ready for intellectual development. Instead this block of nescience is something dense, opaque, and fenced off with barbed wire. Why is there so much socially reinforced ignorance about our bloodiest war since World War II?

Many older Americans see the Vietnam through the lens of the above mentioned movies and feel-good propaganda produced by the state, its schools, and propaganda news media. 

Madar points out that “revanchist folklore has taken such firm root shows how hypersensitive America remains to any hint that the war was anything less than noble.”

America loves its war criminals, that’s why McCain’s lifeless body lies in state. 

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3 thoughts on “On the Death of the “Hero” John McCain”

  1. We can also add to McCain’s list of accomplishments, starting the deadly fire on the USS Forrestal. If we want to include his father, it’s the cover up of the attack on the USS Liberty.

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