The Trump View of War

The great thing about the United States of America is that anyone who has enough money and can garner enough in donations can become President of that great nation. The money has to come first; political thinking, principles,  and suitability of the office of President come a poor second; money is the key to the system of electing a President.

So it is that we have talented but rather vulgar business people, like Donald Trump, who has made a great deal of money building incredibly vulgar buildings, making a serious bid to become the next President. Mr Trump seems to have a curious regard for war veterans; he prefers people who were not captured in wars to people who were captured. That preference simply indicates the lack of depth of Mr Trump’s thinking about war veterans.

I suppose his mantra is “he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day, but he who does not fight at all lives much better than soldiers all.”  While American prisoners of war were being locked in tiny cells in conditions of grave deprivation, Mr Trump was building a property empire and living a life of luxury.

Of course, Mr Trump is not a war veteran. he seems to have escaped the draft for the Vietnam war, and no doubt his family money helped him a great deal in that escape. Now from the safety of his ugly buildings and surrounded by wealth and sycophants he is able to make pronouncements of things of which he knows little.

The Vietnam war was a dreadful and foolish enterprise by the United States of America, It led to thousands of American lives being wasted , hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese lives being needlessly ended, and war crimes committed by US soldiers on a grand scale. Nevertheless, although those American soldiers who served in that war should not have served in it, one cannot simply disregard their foolish and misguided sacrifices in order to promote political ambition.

 

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  1. McCain is trying to wrap himself in the POW flag for cover. POWs had never been rock star heroes before, quite the opposite. These are people who surrendered to the enemy, people suspected of collaboration and worse. With Korea, POWs became the shame of America with many “brainwashed” into following communist doctrines.

    American POWs from Vietnam were the bloody flag Richard Nixon wrapped himself in, on the advice of Henry Kissinger, part of a ploy to divert attention from his endless personal failings which included his agreement with North Vietnam that let them keep and later execute hundreds of American POWs. 1205 American POWs were kept by North Vietnam according to records recovered at the end of the Cold War. President’s Clinton and Yeltsin instituted a search of Russia’s gulags looking for their remains with no success. In 1993, armed with testimony from a former high ranking Czech security official, I proposed a systematic search of archives in Prague that recorded the fate of 200 missing US POWs from Vietnam but was blocked by Senator John McCain.

    33 POWs faced execution for treason after Vietnam until Nixon pardoned all POWs. McCain was on the list of the 33, in fact at the head of it.

    Here are the facts as we know them:

    1. According to Colonel Ted Guy, John McCain’s commander as a POW, McCain collaborated with the enemy.
    2. McCain is accused of giving information that led to the downing of 60 US aircraft
    3. McCain is accused of training North Vietnamese air defense personnel
    4. McCain is accused of making over 30 propaganda broadcasts against the US, broadcasts he moved to have classified when he was elected to the senate

    These 4 accusations are the only real and supportable accusations against McCain.

    From ‘Veterans Today’.

    So……..

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