Tuesday, November 6, 2007

New Hampshire Presidential Watch: McCain Vet Chair Slams Rudy

New Hampshire Presidential Watch: McCain Vet Chair Slams Rudy
Reprint from nh2008.blogspot.com

U.S. Senator John McCain's New Hampshire Veterans Advisory Committee Chair Sergeant Major Paul Chevalier, USMC (Ret.), today issued the following statement:

"Last week, Rudy Giuliani implied that he had experienced the torture of sleep deprivation while running for president. His hyperbole is an insult to all American soldiers who have had to endure real torture and mistreatment while in enemy hands. This practice was common during the Vietnam War. One of John McCain's closest friends, LtCol. Orson Swindle, USMC (Ret.), was subjected to this treatment while he was held as a P.O.W. in North Vietnam and can personally assure Mayor Giuliani that the experience was far more severe than the loss of sleep he experiences as a candidate. I call on Mayor Giuliani to apologize to LtCol. Swindle and all of our courageous veterans who have had to persevere through this heinous experience as well as other torturous acts while serving their country and recognize how he belittled that service and sacrifice through his comments."

1 comment:

Marc said...

This statement by the McCain Campaign would be almost funny if it weren't so licentious. I would like to ask the McCain Campaign to address just how severe the loss is of those American POWs that he has dedicated himself to making sure were "buried" in bureaucracy. The reestablishment of relations with Vietnam was more important to his political aspirations than his sense of moral decency. Therefore, I would like to recognize John McCain’s belittlement of the service and sacrifices of the Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Soldiers left behind in Vietnam as well as their families over the past 20 years.

The fact McCain continues to use his status as a former POW as a foundation to his candidacy is pure hypocrisy.
Just how long is John McCain going to use his former POW status as the bedrock to his campaign? He has the audacity to call Guliani out on his sleep deprivation comment yet what McCain truly needs to do is look in the mirror. He has made it a personal mission, in the name of re-establishment of relations and later on trade with Vietnam, to "bury" those who were left behind in Vietnam after the war. He accuses Guliani of belittling the service and sacrifice of men who served as POWs, all the while he has done even more incredulous things to those who have yet to return from Vietnam and their families. Sadly, these are the same families who, while McCain was "tied up", were fighting with Washington to make sure that he and the others were not forgotten. Only to turn around and slap them all in the face with his refusal to address the POW/MIA Issue and then culminating in his treachery during the 1992 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs.

He regularly tells POW/MIA families that it is time to move on and get over Vietnam, well, maybe he should take some of his own advice.