Sunday, October 26, 2008

Make-Believe Maverick

A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty

by Tim Dickinson
Rolling Stone Magazine
October 16, 2008

At Fort McNair, an army base located along the Potomac River in the nation's capital, a chance reunion takes place one day between two former POWs. It's the spring of 1974, and Navy commander John Sidney McCain III has returned home from the experience in Hanoi that, according to legend, transformed him from a callow and reckless youth into a serious man of patriotism and purpose. Walking along the grounds at Fort McNair, McCain runs into John Dramesi, an Air Force lieutenant colonel who was also imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam.

McCain is studying at the National War College, a prestigious graduate program he had to pull strings with the Secretary of the Navy to get into. Dramesi is enrolled, on his own merit, at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in the building next door.

There's a distance between the two men that belies their shared experience in North Vietnam — call it an honor gap. Like many American POWs, McCain broke down under torture and offered a "confession" to his North Vietnamese captors. Dramesi, in contrast, attempted two daring escapes. For the second he was brutalized for a month with daily torture sessions that nearly killed him. His partner in the escape, Lt. Col. Ed Atterberry, didn't survive the mistreatment. But Dramesi never said a disloyal word, and for his heroism was awarded two Air Force Crosses, one of the service's highest distinctions. McCain would later hail him as "one of the toughest guys I've ever met."

On the grounds between the two brick colleges, the chitchat between the scion of four-star admirals and the son of a prizefighter turns to their academic travels; both colleges sponsor a trip abroad for young officers to network with military and political leaders in a distant corner of the globe.

"I'm going to the Middle East," Dramesi says. "Turkey, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iran."

"Why are you going to the Middle East?" McCain asks, dismissively.

"It's a place we're probably going to have some problems," Dramesi says.

"Why? Where are you going to, John?"

"Oh, I'm going to Rio."

"What the hell are you going to Rio for?"

McCain, a married father of three, shrugs.

"I got a better chance of getting laid."

Dramesi, who went on to serve as chief war planner for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and commander of a wing of the Strategic Air Command, was not surprised. "McCain says his life changed while he was in Vietnam, and he is now a different man," Dramesi says today. "But he's still the undisciplined, spoiled brat that he was when he went in."


This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather.

In its broad strokes, McCain's life story is oddly similar to that of the current occupant of the White House. John Sidney McCain III and George Walker Bush both represent the third generation of American dynasties. Both were born into positions of privilege against which they rebelled into mediocrity. Both developed an uncanny social intelligence that allowed them to skate by with a minimum of mental exertion. Both struggled with booze and loutish behavior. At each step, with the aid of their fathers' powerful friends, both failed upward. And both shed their skins as Episcopalian members of the Washington elite to build political careers as self-styled, ranch-inhabiting Westerners who pray to Jesus in their wives' evangelical churches.

In one vital respect, however, the comparison is deeply unfair to the current president: George W. Bush was a much better pilot.

Full article here

Here is Tim Dickinson's "5 Myth's about John McCain"


bible thumper said...

but hes a christian how pathetic mcshame must be to be called out and humiliated by a rocknroll obama is the same low life piece of shit that he is. who do we go with here?

Anonymous said...

bah bah bah lord bush.

common sense for you said...

isnt funny is all you have to do is say your a christian and you get these non thinking american sheep to follow you right off the cliff. how pathetic you have to be?

Anonymous said...

hey look that altar boy looking, false christian pastor is winning the fraud of the year. one day hell be benny hinn or ernest angely or jim baker. lol. lol.

Anonymous said...

your a sad excuse for a human being Larry, you dedicate your life to hurting ohers who mean you no ill will. I bet David could care less but it speaks volumns on the type of person you are.

Anonymous said...

wow, look larry the guy with the same lame ass post that takes up all this space but says absolutely nothing. this asshole is a genious in his own mind. he again leaves the post that refutes nor debunks nothing. the only thing this guy does is make larry smarter while making himself look like a complete jackass. if this site isnt good then dont come here but the jackass comes here again and again to post and gets embarrassed by the web master. get over your self you dick and get a life. go back to your wife jim and your more educated so. if you loved this country so much you would join the service, but you yourself see the pathetic coward in the mirror that your family you sir are the non thinking, unamerican sheeple that this site talks about. no wonder your so lame. if only your actions followed that lip service, youd be in the service. but your not so we ALL see the hypocrite you really are. what a shame you come here to get humiliated in front of the very same people you think your better its better to be thought a fool than to post a be proven a fool, and you jizz are truly the fool of with that long post with no refutes our debunks, thats larry 1 and jizz 0. larry won again. we can clearly see when you were born the doctor slapped your mom and FN LOOSER.

Real Truth Online said...

Yeah, that long post is disturbing on several levels. First, he actually thinks someone will sit there and READ it. Second, he obviously keeps this same post saved on his computer somewhere adding to it daily---pretty wacko. Third, the fact that he even comes to a site that he hates and he thinks is anti-American. Fourth, the fact that he has never refuted anything I have said--that post is nothing but a mile-long ad hominem attack with ZERO facts to back up what he says.

Why would you keep coming to a site that you think is fraudulent, anti-American and pathetic? Wouldn't that be the equivalent to a Christian who hates evil to keep following and frequenting anti-Christian and demonic websites? Why would you do that? That is WAY more disturbing than what he claims Im doing, isnt it? Im not following HIM around, am I?

Real Truth Online said...

Hey Jas-----accept my challenge to DEBATE me then you piece of shit (IM sure this will be added to your post, that no one reads, lol)

mr vet said...

larry, lets be honest here these guys come to this site to get humiliated by you. they havent refuted nor debunked a dam thing, but they sure make themselves look like jackasses. how pathetic some one has to be when comming to a site they say they hate, but keep comming back. only to be embarrassed. i now know why they call that guy jizz, is because he ends up with jizz all over his face and in his mouth after debating but he keeps wipeing his face off and comes back to get done to him all over again. lame asshole he is.