By Ben Cohen
It is now beyond a doubt that John McCain embellished/made up his
story about the cross in the dirt in Vietnam, and he needs to be
thoroughly questioned by a prominent journalist on a major network.
McCain's story is so similar to Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn's rendition of his experience in a Siberian gulag that it simply cannot be true. Andrew Sullivan and Mark Nickolas
have provided compelling arguments that McCain's story is made up, and
it is now up to the mainstream Media to grill the Senator from Arizona.
Why has this not happened so far?
One reason -- and it's the same reason the MSM did not question the
lead up to war in Iraq: They are afraid of seeming unpatriotic. John
McCain symbolizes everything journalists and liberals fear in America,
a right war veteran with impeccable hero credentials.
The right wing smear machine will swing into action if serious
questions are asked, and the usual gaggle of talking heads will hurl
their tried and tested arsenal of liberal bashing talking points to
deflect from the issue at hand.
Think back to pre-Iraq invasion:
Journalist/Liberal: There is no compelling
evidence that Saddam has Weapons of Mass Destruction, or that there are
ties between Saddam and Al Qaeda. Is an invasion necessary?
Republican Talking Head: Are you saying Saddam Hussein is a good guy? He gassed his own people! Why do you hate freedom and America so much?
And what would happen today:
Journalist/Liberal: John McCain's story about
drawing a Christian Cross in the dirt while he was a prisoner in
Vietnam is very similar to Alexander Solzhenitsyn's account of his time
in a Siberian Gulag.
Republican Talking Head: Are you questioning John
McCain's record in Vietnam? Are you calling one of America's war heroes
a liar? This is step too far. This goes to show how much Liberals hate
the troops. You hate freedom, and you hate America.
Rather than bow to name calling and vilification tactics, the mainstream media
(and Obama's campaign for that matter) should follow the blogosphere on
this one, and take it to McCain, who is clearly lying about his
experiences in Vietnam to shore up empathy from the Christian voters he
dearly needs for this election.
Politicians lie all the time, but this one is particularly shocking
as it is about an experience so deeply personal and profound that it
defies belief that anyone would abuse it for the sake of politics. It
just goes to show how far McCain will go to get himself elected.