Thursday, May 08, 2008

What I've Forgotten

AP: "McCain was awarded a Silver Star Medal for resisting "extreme mental and physical cruelties" inflicted upon him by his captors from late October to early December 1967, the early months of his captivity, according to the citation. The North Vietnamese, according to the Navy, ignored international agreements and tortured McCain "in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes."

McCain, now the Republican Party's likely presidential nominee, was taken prisoner in October 1967 after he was shot down while on a mission over Hanoi. He wasn't freed until March 1973, after the United States signed peace agreements with the North Vietnamese. His captors tortured him and held him in solitary confinement. Still, he declined an offer of early release until those who had been at the prison longer than him were let go.

That decision earned McCain a Navy Commendation Medal. Although McCain was "crippled from serious and ill-treated injuries," he steadfastly refused offers of freedom from those holding him prisoner. "His selfless action served as an example to others and his forthright refusal, by giving emphasis to the insidious nature of such releases, may have prevented a possibly chaotic deterioration in prisoner discipline," the citation says.

Besides the Silver Star Medal, McCain also received the Legion of Merit with a combat "V" and one gold star, a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Bronze Star Medal with a combat "V" and two gold stars.

Several citations mention his achievements either as a prisoner or as a lieutenant commander flying bombing runs off the deck of the USS Oriskany. "

As much as I disagree with his politics on almost every level, this John McCain has fought, bleed, and watched his brothers die for my country.

Obama, you've got nothing.


Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I am confident about McCain beating Obama. The liberal media in the USA and Europe are going to be very disgusted.

Wise Roots said...

Hey read my post today robert. I outlined all of his views. It should be finished sometime before 3. said...

Still, if he is pushing the wrong things, perhaps strength and resiliance is bad.

I wonder what Hillary would think of this post :)


Solameanie said...

One thing that could really gum up the works is if some high profile Republican or conservative mounts a last minute 3rd party challenge. That might drain off enough votes from McCain for the Dems to win.

Jeana said...

Oblama does to have something--that anti-American, anti-white pastor that he's been sitting under for ages. *mirthless laughter*

The Dems really messed up when they decided to run a chick AND a darkie in the same race. Now theirs is a house divided against itself: the welfare recipiants go to Obama and the feminists go to Hitlary.

Oh well, I should be rejoicing, since their disenssion gives Liberal...I mean Republican McCain a chance. Why is that NOT a comforting thought?

Jeana said...

By the way your "Robert's Reads" twirly, thing-a-ma-gigger (how is that spelled?) is really cool. Not just really cool, but REALLY cool, like fascinatingly cool. I've been playing with it like it would make me money or something.

Palm boy said...

Matt, I think he will win, but I doubt the media will be to terrbily disgusted. Most of his policys are liberal.

Caleb, I'll hit your site then.

Shadows/Under, glad to have you back.
He is pushing the wrong things on many levels, I agree.

Joel, an independent canidate, if conservative, would seriously harm McCain.
Ron Paul, perhaps? He could probably siphon off 8-12% of the voting blocks, and that would hurt McCain a LOT in some battleground states.
What would likely be more harmful though is the lack of energy from the base of the GOP, which a 3rd party candidate would only exacerbate.

Jeana, your right. We'll get a domestic liberal either way.