At last, the truth about the American POW/MIA in Southeast Asia has another chance at being investigated.
The investigator writing about it is Pulitzer prize-winner Sydney Schanberg. Schanberg is responsible for exposing Pol Pot’s killing fields. He is a tireless crusader for POW/MIA rights.
Next month, national periodical The Nation will be publishing the investigation that has proven Schanberg’s greatest challenge – revealing the impediment to releasing documents from North Vietnam and around the world that the POW/MIA families have, for decades, been fighting to obtain.
Schanberg writes what these families, and those that know them, political spectrum aside, well know:
That the man who has fought hardest, even against a unanimous Senate, to conceal those records, is John McCain.
This is a hard truth to swallow.
McCain endured much, that is certain. But what also is certain is that time and again, the people – both POW/MIA interest groups and Congress – have tried to get the Pentagon to release documents from North Vietnam, and time and again, it was John McCain who was instrumental in blocking them.
This is indisputable fact.
And unlike the partisan slander that it will doubtless be accused of being – some crude incarnation of the Obama-Muslim farce – Schanberg actually does support his claims with sourcing and evidence that has long been in public record.
One may speculate on McCain’s motives. But one cannot speculate that he has stopped, time and again, the release of information about the POW/MIA left in Vietnam to the public. One cannot speculate that people on both the left and the right – Schanberg and Bob Smith and Ed Asner – have been struggling to expose this cover-up.
The media will not like to hear this.
The likes of Hannity on FOX will not like his heroic candidate’s record sullied, even though it is only a concealment of the record – a refusal to admit to hard truth – that makes McCain look clean.
The left is always loath to raise the specter of Vietnam or to challenge patriotism.
And Obama will doubtless say, “I want this campaign to be about the issues. I do not want to discuss personal attacks.”
So it falls to we, the people, again to take a stand for the POW/MIA families. They have no one else.
The media does not support them. The system does not support them. They will be treated as a distraction or a tool in this election.
But this is their chance – now. This story will not be as potentially important as it could be now. The attention paid to it now will likely not come again.
So please, spread the word to others.
Send this in an e-mail. Do the research into it yourself if you doubt or support the facts. Do justice to this cause by working to spread the truth – it has only asked for truth.
If you consider yourself a patriot, do the research. If you feel you support our troops, do the research. If you respect honesty and facts, do the research.
Do the research. Get the truth and spread it. Only you can do this.
The time for the truth is now. Forty years of dedication from families that have sacrificed, journalists that have fought the system, voices lost on both sides of the aisle, and the legacy of the abandoned men, have come to this moment – this article – now.
Please support it by sending it on.