“But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners.”
Mr Duyet reminisces instead about how he often summoned the future US presidential candidate to his private office for informal chats.
“We used to argue about the war – about whether it was right or wrong,” he says.
“He is a very frank man – very conservative, and very loyal to his country and the American ideal.
“He had a very interesting accent and sometimes he taught me words in English and corrected my accent. I have followed his career since he left prison.”
Private office for informal chats? Man, that doesn’t sound like the imagery we have been sold. It sounds more like an…um…what’s the word? Country club?
So Tran Trong Duyet, is John McCain lying?
“He did not tell the truth,” he says.
“But I can somehow sympathise with him. He lies to American voters in order to get their support for his presidential election.”
Let’s be clear here. If John had just been shot down and housed in a prison where he was treated properly within the confines of an oft GOP-maligned Geneva Conventions, he should be considered an honorable war veteran. I got no qualms there. If he embellished his captivity by telling stories of torture when his injuries were really sustained in the crashing of his plane, then he’s a dishonest, opportunistic man unfit for command.
Let’s just hope the entire truth comes out before it’s too late and this man possibly has his hand on the big red button!