An Ex-Fighter Pilot Confirms Bryanna`s Theory: McCain Is “Insane”
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From: Henry Lenoir
Re: Bryanna Bevens Blog:
Insane McCain And His Banana Bill
I have a theory about
John McCain based on my twelve years in line fighter
McCain is insane. The unimaginable sufferings he
endured in Communist prisons unhinged him permanently.
Flying fighters in the 1980s and 90s, I got to know
Vietnam POWs including some who had been captive
even longer than McCain`s five and a half years.
All were unbalanced. The ones I knew who were
long-time POWs—with one exception and that exception I
knew only very slightly—were high-functioning lunatics.
Common denominators were trouble with
alcohol, cars, divorces, tempers and aggressive
flying verging on recklessness—a very unwelcome trait in
a fighter pilot.
Bear in mind that they were all in good enough shape
after prison to get back into line fighter squadrons.
McCain was able to get flight orders after Hanoi, he
was never assigned to a line attack squadron or a
carrier air wing again.
McCain Senior was a distinguished fleet commander in
Pacific War who rotated command of the fast carrier
task force with
Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher. The only reason
Mitscher didn`t get his fourth star was that he died,
totally worn-out, a few months after V-J Day.
McCain III, however, was a mediocre midshipman (894
of 899 in his class) who became an average attack pilot
with a history of foolish mishaps in the training
command and the fleet. Without the admirals in his
family tree, I doubt his career would have survived his
McCain`s getting shot down might have been as much a
tactical blunder as an act of God. He was badly injured
in his ejection, and the North Vietnamese Army – as was
typical – gave him no real medical attention. That he
was tough in captivity is beyond dispute.
McCain also – again as was typical of the long-time
POWs – spent at least two years in solitary. Once he
got out McCain stayed in the Navy but was not promoted
to flag rank, retiring as a Captain in 1981. With his
POW service, probably the only thing that could have
kept him from promotion to Captain would have been
raping the Chief of Naval Operation`s daughter at high
noon on the Mall.
Should the fact that the Navy passed on a third
consecutive Admiral John
McCain tell us something? Maybe – in 1980 anyway –
the collective wisdom of the Navy was greater than that
of Arizona`s voters a few years later.
The combination of the moral, mental and physical
injuries of years of captivity deranged McCain. Like
many of the other POWs I know, McCain has a sense of
superiority to those who haven`t suffered what he has.
McCain doesn`t listen. He likes to stir things
up—like his “Banana Bill“— but I don`t see
any principled pattern to his outbursts. Compounding
his problem, McCain must be in chronic pain from
injuries that never healed properly. He may be
McCain does far too much harm already,
right where he is.
Lenoir is a New York lawyer.
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