This from a guy who considers himself a McCain fan:

“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!

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  • Look, there’s a lot of things you can criticize McCain for but this is pathetic. I’m no McCain fan but the man cannot lift his arms above his head.

    Are you going to call out Bob Dole since he’s probably faking that whole “missing a hand” thing?

  • Hey Gordon. The guy who held him hostage says he didn’t torture John. John says he was tortured. There is a discrepancy. Now back in the day you’d have wanted us all to find out the truth right? Remember John Kerry?

    How come now you don’t want to? Those shoes do fit mighty tight on the other foot I do imagine.

    It’s unfortunate that he sustained injuries during his honorable service to the Navy, but was he tortured or not? He has said he was. Don’t you want to know if that is true or not?

    PS – When I rip on Bob Dole, Bob Dole might not like it, but it certainly won’t be about Bob Dole’s use of one of Bob Dole’s arms.

  • Angela

    I’m not even talking about the whole being in prison for five and a half years THING but a vietnamese prison?! NOT BEING TORTURED…ARE YOU TWEAKING??! Of COURSE he was being tortured. FUCK! And I’m the worse democrat out there. And for the sake of argument my husband was raised in Russia. So yes, I believe that McCain was most likely tortured.

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