Of all the outrageous things I’ve heard this election cycle, I think this one makes me the most angry.
Of course he became very friendly with the Vietnamese. They called him the Prince. He was well treated actually. And he was well treated because he traded these propaganda interviews for good treatment. So look, it’s a horrible story anyway you cut it, anyway you look at it, any way you you you deal with it.
But, it’s not the story Fred Thompson told. Nor is it the story Rudy Giuliani told. Nor is it the story Sarah Palin told. Nor is it the story anybody. Cindy McCain knew to limit herself to ‘I think what my husband did in Vietnam was heroic’ because she knows the truth too.
There are a lot of things you can attack John McCain on. We all know this; it’s why conservatives have so long been angry about his nomination. However, this is simply disgusting.
Let’s go over what happened, shall we? After being shot down over Hanoi in Vietnam, he almost drowned in addition to fracturing both arms and his leg. He was pulled from Truc Bach Lake and promptly stabbed with a bayonet in his ankle and groin. His shoulder was also crushed with a rifle butt — all of this happening as he was being beaten by a violent mob. He received no medical treatment for his injuries and was beaten regularly — until they discovered who his father was.
Then they were willing to release John McCain. He could go home.
And the real torture began. He was subject to rope bindings and regular beatings, breaking his ribs. His teeth were broken off at the gumline. He was kept in solitary confinement and even tried to commit suicide, but was stopped by the guards. All of this happened although he was suffering from a fever and from dysentery.
And to Randi Rhodes this is being treated well? I guess it’s all OK with her. He didn’t have to listen to really, really loud Christina Aguilera music. Did she perhaps have a few at an Irish pub before making this statement? It fits with tradition: remember her claim that she was mugged (by right-wing extremists, of course) after getting drunk and falling down.
I’m curious if the left-wing establishment (that means you, Obama) will condemn this statement by Randi Rhodes.
They won’t defend her. They won’t condemn her. No, liberals’ favorite tactic when something like this comes out is to pretend it never happened. They’ll try to cover it up. They’ll try to make it go away. But they won’t say how outraged they are or how terrible this is. They’re unlikely to try to defend her, either. No, the crickets will be chirping on the left side of the blogosphere on this one. But hey, maybe I’ll be wrong. I hope I will be.
I won’t hold my breath.
In any case, reaction from the liberal establishment aside, this shouldn’t even come up. Like or dislike McCain’s policies, slamming his heroic service as a POW for five years in Vietnam is beyond crossing the line. I already knew Randi Rhodes was a pathetic left-wing hack. But she’s now sunk to the lowest possible echelon in my mind. Some things are beyond politicization. John McCain’s service as a POW is one of them, and Randi Rhodes didn’t just politicize it. She insulted it, she debased it, and she disrespected it. And all because she doesn’t like his politics.
Sick, vile, disgusting woman.
Hat Tip: Right Wing News