Thursday, August 25, 2005

Kerry/McCain and The POWs We Left Behind

Chuck and Mary Schantag from the P.O.W. Network e-mailed me a copy of a Frontpage Magazine interview. The interviews guest, Michael D. Benge was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam from 1968 until 1973. I had read about him before so part of the interview wasn't new information. Since I recently read about the possibility of a Kerry/McCain or McCain/Kerry ticket in the next presidential campaign (again)I thought the comments Mr. Benge makes about the two of them in this interview were very interesting and I wanted to share it with you. I don't think there will ever be a McCain/Kerry campaign, but I could be wrong. If I am it shouldn't be to hard for me to find a different set of candidates to support.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Blogger BLOGBANK said...

McCain and Kerry are washed up politically. The Demo’s are going to push HC very hard.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I do have to disagree somewhat with you on this. I do agree that a Kerry/McCain ticket will never happen, but to blame them two for POWs left behind is not entirely fair.

It's your choice to support whoever you may like in a presidential election, but certainly a president who never reported for duty while in the Alabama Air National Guard must rank below those who did go and fight.

I'm not saying that you support Bush or voted for him, because I have no clue about either; but I am saying that if we are going to talk about Vietnam service records and what they all did when they returned home, then Bush must also be included in that discussion, including his discharge to attend grad school during time of war, which never happens.

Sorry if I sound snappy, because I don't intend for it to.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Jake Porter said...

I would not support either of them in an election.

I don't care so much about there war records, I care more about their anti-freedom pro big government voting records. I would never support them including this President in a run for any office including county dog catcher.

4:37 PM  
Blogger maccusgermanis said...


bush is a lame duck, nobody is pushing him for 2008,

And Kerry's actions AFTER he came home are indefensible, whatever grand motivations you assume him to have had.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

maccus, nobody is pushing for Bush in '08 because it is illegal for him to run. Nor did I say anyone was. And certainly I would never support him for any office.

I also never tried to defend Kerry's record AFTER he returned home either. Don't assume that I assume anything. In fact I lumped them all together.

11:34 PM  
Blogger maccusgermanis said...


The discussion here is in anticipation of campaigns (namely McCain/Kerry) in 2008, therefore I don't see your point in including Bush in such discussion.

Obviously neither McCain nor Kerry was a policy maker during our pullout of South Vietnam. Kerry however was an activist in movements that had an influence on such policies. The exception this interview seems to have with the two of them arises from their efforts to normalize relations with Vietnam. Do you think they did all they could have towards the American people receiving a full accounting of POW/MIA?

12:24 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

maccus, so I guess the discussion for '08 changes then when talking about Vietnam records; at least that is my reference to Bush in my first comment.

Your first comment was directed towards me, at least that's how I read it, and not towards the original discussion.

If the discussion of '08 is about possible tickets then the ticket of '04 and all that entailed is entirely reasonable for discussion purposes. If we look at Kerry's and McCain's efforts when they returned home from war, does that mean we have to leave out those who didn't fight and never reported for duty like Bush?

To answer your question, no I don't think McCain and Kerry, or Nixon, Ford and Reagan did all they could towards the American people receiving a full accounting of POW/MIA. Again, I'm lumping them all together. No single one person is responsible for any of it.

10:54 AM  
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