From AlterNet, and I'm betting that this won't be on your evening news:
I Spent Years as a POW with John McCain, and His Finger Should Not Be Near the Red Button
By Phillip Butler, Military.com. Posted August 21, 2008.
"A fellow Vietnam POW of McCain's warns of the candidate's 'quick and explosive temper' and suggests McCain is exaggerating his imprisonment.
"John McCain is a long-time acquaintance of mine that goes way back to our time together at the U.S. Naval Academy and as Prisoners of War in Vietnam. He is a man I respect and admire in some ways. But there are a number of reasons why I will not vote for him for President of the United States."
A favored technique on CNN in the run-up to the Kerry-Bush contest was to show the swiftboating of John Kerry as a news item ostensibly about swiftboating and/or as a question about the effectiveness of swiftboating and negative ads on the voters. Either way, the cover allowed CNN to trash Kerry without accountability. We're seeing the same approach now regarding negative portrayals of Obama.
I'm willing to bet that unless bloggers force this story up the flagpole, we're not going to see it at all. For any reason. Under any cover.
But if we honor war heroes, shouldn't we honor Phillip Butler? If we trust war heroes, shouldn't we trust Phillip Butler? If we're concerned about stability in the White House--God knows we should have learned to be by now--shouldn't we hear what he has to say?
Sure. But CNN, MSNBC, FOX and all the rest aren't concerned about any of that. They're concerned about keeping the coffers of government open to oil, big business, and wealthy families of influence--whether American or Other (as in Saudi Arabia and Mexico and elsewhere). That means electing a Republican. Integrity in government, doncha know.