[QUOTE=UTR;2124671]IMO, when McCain gave up a chance to go home because there were other POWs there longer than him and they deserved being released first, that qualifies him as a hero. He suffered 4-5 more years of brutal torture and was nearly killed for that gesture. The definition of hero is a pretty broad one. I’ll err on the side of caution in this instance and say McCain in a hero.
Also, while every Medal of Honor winner is a war hero, not every war hero received a Medal of Honor. I wouldn’t use that as an absolute benchmark.[/QUOTE]
Ummm…did you stop to think of the reception in the US he would have gotten, to take an early release? The Vietnam war was very unpopular. If some underachiever like McCain was given an early release, because his daddy was an Admiral- ALL HELL WOULD HAVE BROKE LOOSE! There were guys that had been in there for years longer than McCain.
Sure, he coulda got out, but one day he would have to face these same men again and they would have kicked his ass and he knew it. Plus, he is real proud of himself and wants to be looked up to. He is like the leader of a small and annoying school gang. He may not follow rules of the establishment- but he wont break “the code”.
McCain would not have been in the POW camp to begin with if he hadn’t pulled strings to get his incompetent ass at the controls of an airplane to begin with. He was 5th from the bottom of his class in the Naval Academy! Someone more qualified was told to take a hike because Jr. was “special”. He already I am sure was not too popular in the ranks and file.
We have already seen what happens when an underachieving clown with a silver spoon stuck in his mouth can do when he is given the reins of the US. I don’t want to see it again.
McCain can live in the past and that is fine. I just don’t want him in control of the future.
It is not being a hero to survive. It is called self-preservation. Another thing and McCain says this himself, every time he “reluctantly” brags about this early release thing (which is every freakin day now ) He says in hindsite had he known the war was going to last 3 more years, he might have had a harder time deciding. Maverick my ass. he just couldn’t make Admiral in the military so he does what a lot of failures do- he became a politician.
“Please don’t tell my mother I am a politician- she thinks I play piano in a brothel”