Air Force Lt. Colonel John Dramesi, a former POW in Vietnam who withstood a month with daily torture sessions that nearly killed him, and who never, unlike John McCain, said a disloyal word about America to his captors (he was awarded two Air Force Crosses), calls John McCain a phony:
McCain says his life changed while he was in Vietnam, and he is now a different man,” Dramesi says today. “But he’s still the undisciplined, spoiled brat that he was when he went in.”
This guy is a true hero. No one faults a POW for saying anything under torture, but to withstand that torture and still maintain your honor is truly heroic. John McCain pales in comparison to this man.
Dramesi, who served as chief war planner for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and commander of a wing of the Strategic Air Command, relates this anecdote about McCain:
On the grounds between the two brick colleges, the chitchat between the scion of four-star admirals and the son of a prizefighter turns to their academic travels; both colleges sponsor a trip abroad for young officers to network with military and political leaders in a distant corner of the globe.
“I’m going to the Middle East,” Dramesi says. “Turkey, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iran.”
“Why are you going to the Middle East?” McCain asks, dismissively.
“It’s a place we’re probably going to have some problems,” Dramesi says.
“Why? Where are you going to, John?”
“Oh, I’m going to Rio.”
“What the hell are you going to Rio for?”
McCain, a married father of three, shrugs.
“I got a better chance of getting laid.”
Whose word are you more like to believe? The truly heroic Dramesi or the shameful politician McCain?