Wild Child of the Deep State
October 1, 2018 | View PDF
On this past August 25, after a long bout with brain cancer, Arizona's senior Senator, John Sidney McCain III, finally lapsed into a Neal Boortz "eternal celestial dirt nap."
Flags in Arizona, Washington, D.C. and other places were flown at half mast for several days. Most of the news media wrote glowing eulogies, claiming that he was a great American war hero, and a great American Senator. But was he?
McCain's grandfather was a four star Navy admiral, and his father was a four star admiral of the Pacific Fleet. Their high-ranking status provided a privileged environment for this spoiled brat with a "volcanic temper" who became a "holy terror" as a teenager.
With his father's blessings, McCain entered the Annapolis Naval Academy and graduated in 1958 in spite of "massive numbers of demerits and low academic performance." He took flight training in Pensacola, Florida and became a Navy aviator (pilot).
McCain was fond of "hot dogging" the Navy's planes, and within a few years, he had wrecked three of them-one into a power line in Spain. But his father, along with powerful connections and the Navy's "good old boy" tradition, saved him from court martials, time in the brig, and a dishonorable discharge.
A common practice among young pilots who liked to show off was a "wet start,"-flooding the combustion chamber of a jet fighter with extra fuel before ignition-creating a noisy, fiery blast. McCain did it regularly and earned his nickname, "Johnny Wet Start."
By 1967, McCain became a Lieutenant Commander and was assigned to the USS Forrestal off the coast of Vietnam to make bombing runs with A-4 Skyhawks. On July 29, during preparations for a strike on North Vietnam, the aviators fired up their engines, including Johnny with his wet start, blasting an F-4 behind him. Suddenly, an Mk-32 Zuni rocket from under the F-4's wing fired off, struck and punctured the auxiliary fuel tank of an A-4 and ignited it. (McCain claimed it was his fuel tank. Others say it was the one on McCain's right piloted by Lt. Commander Fred White).
In seconds, flames spread across the ship's deck, ignited other planes, and soon cooked off the 1000 pound bombs that were being loaded onto them. Extensive damage penetrated down through several decks and nearly sank the 82,000 ton carrier. 134 crewmen were killed and another 161 were seriously injured. *
With the Forrestal out of service, McCain was transferred to the USS Oriskany and continued bombing runs. On October 26, 1967, he was shot down while bombing a light bulb factory near Hanoi. The North Vietnamese captured him and kept him in the "Hanoi Hilton," where he stayed until the end of the war in March, 1973. After his release, he remained in the Navy and retired as a Captain with a disability pension in 1981.
In 1987, McCain began his Senate career, which continued for the rest of his life. He quickly became a member of the Armed Services Committee and teamed up with the military war hawks. He strived for aggression in Bosnia, Kosovo, Georgia, North Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Kuwait, Libya, Mali, and other places under Presidents Reagan, both Bushes, Clinton, and Obama.
After 9/11, he sided with George W. Bush and claimed that Iraq was "a clear and present danger to the United States of America." He promptly voted for the Iraq War Resolution in October, 2002. When "Dubya" commenced the bombing of Baghdad in 2003, McCain assumed that the Iraqi people would welcome the U.S. soldiers as liberators. But after thousands of civilian casualties, the destruction of homes and infrastructure, massive power outages, and the uprising of radical militant groups, they quickly realized that our actions were far more devastating than anything that Saddam Hussein had ever done. Soon they were chanting, "Death to America." In a few years, half of the Middle East hated Americans and called our nation "The Great Satan."
The casualty count in Iraq has been estimated to be up to a million Iraqis, about 200,000 civilians, and 5000 Americans. Contractors, relief workers, and journalists were also killed. Over 1600 other Americans lost arms and legs.
Here at home, McCain pushed for reckless spending and helped create useless and abusive agencies like Homeland security, the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act. The TSA has not apprehended a single terrorist, but many people have witnessed agents opening their luggage and stealing expensive items.
And finally, his last hurrah: On July 28, 2017, McCain cast the decisive "no" vote to kill the repeal of Obamacare. It failed 49-51.
Thanks a lot, Mr. War Hero. Blood, destruction, oppression, hatred, Constitutional violations, and high treason are on your hands. May God have mercy on your soul.
*There is conjecture regarding the firing of the Zuni rocket. The official Navy opinion was an electrical power surge caused during preparations. Others said that the wet start either ignited the rocket or triggered the power surge.
Investigating John McCain's Tragedy at Sea