2008 Maverick Moment of the Day
posted by August 20 at 9:00 AMon
Back in May of 1973, John McCain penned what is believed to be his first written account of his time as a POW in Vietnam. In a long piece for US News & World Report, McCain failed to mention the newly re-examined cross story, but did take time to point out that he believed a lot of the guards at the POW camp were gay:
Now I don’t hate them any more—not these particular guys. I hate and detest the leaders. Some guards would just come in and do their job. When they were told to beat you they would come in and do it. Some seemed to get a big bang out of it. A lot of them were homosexual, although never toward us. Some, who were pretty damned sadistic, seemed to get a big thrill out of the beatings.
As Gawker asks:
What?? How did POW McCain know they were gay if they weren’t gay “toward him”? Were the homosexuals the ones who enjoyed the beatings or were the sadists a separate category? We have lots of unanswered questions here. Like—how come he mentions how gay the North Vietnamese were but leaves out that inspiring tale of the cross on the floor he mentioned last weekend?