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In a lapse of judgement John McCain blamed Obama for the Orlando attack. “Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures,” McCain said, according to The Washington Post. Yet in 2010, McCain actually referred to the withdrawal as a “victory” when Obama pulled troops out of Iraq, though he said President George W. Bush deserved credit for the moment, too. Has he since walked back his remarks about blaming Obama for the Orlando attacks? Yes, however, this is not the first time he has spouted a reckless statement and then apologized. He appears to have lost his ability, "To develop Midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government." that he was taught when he attended and graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis graduated in 1958. It is time for him to retire, he no longer has anything to offer the American people, especially veterans, and is certainly not exhibiting the “character to assume the highest responsibilities”. I realize I am making a strong statement and some may say that I have no right to criticize a war hero, a veteran, an ex-POW. I apologize right now to others who have worn the uniform and gone to war as representatives of our country because they do deserve our respect. McCain and Agent Orange also owe veterans and active military an apology. Unlike, our orange candidate I do not lump all people into one group or category. There are many, many veterans who are real heroes, for example: Imran Yousuf, a bouncer at the Pulse nightclub, had an advantage. A Marine who had served in Afghanistan, Yousuf was able to use his training to quickly identify the impending threat and remain clear-headed as people died around him, according to the Marine Corps Times. Because of the 24-year-old’s decisive actions, he is being credited with saving dozens of lives. 

Why do I not consider Mr. McCain a war hero anymore when I did in the past? I no longer do because he has let down his fellow veterans. Because he has shown repeatedly that he does not care about his fellow veterans. His most recent example is endorsing the presumptive GOP presidential candidate. He is going to support a misogynistic, bigoted, draft deferring, narcissist who insulted the senator and called him a loser. The message from the candidate was clear, “He’s not a war hero,” Trump (a man who thinks going to prep school is the same as being in the military) said in a public interview in June 2015. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

While he singled out McCain in his tyrannical insult, he also insulted others in uniform and others who have been captured. As the widow of a disable veteran I cannot accept a comment like that about any veteran or POW. It is unforgivable. McCain endorsing a candidate who has said this about veterans is inexcusable. “Sen. John McCain said he will back Donald Trump in the general election despite misgivings over his candidacy.”

Mr. McCain WAS a hero. I say that even though some believe his arrogant actions caused him to get shot down. He was young and foolish- we should allow for that, many of us did some pretty foolish things in our youth. As I stated above I used to respect him but endorsing a man who insulted him and called him a loser for being captured is beyond belief and disturbing and disgusting. Trump also said that while he supported John McCain in the 2008 bid against President Barack Obama, he “never liked him after that, because I don’t like losers.”

How a man of his credentials can allow a man like Agent Orange, who deferred the draft, to insult not only a dedicated war veteran/POW, but to insult all other veterans is beyond forgiveness. Agent Orange's insult of McCain was an insult to all in uniform. The young marine who helped people escape the club in Orlando is a hero. My husband who was 100% service connected disabled from VN was a hero - because he stood against war, because he knew the horror of it and didn't want anyone else to go, that's what a true heroic veteran does.

rollie vn

My husband writing home from Phu Bai, 1968.

A man who voted to send soldiers to war, a man who continues to advocate for ‘boots on the ground’ for all conflicts is not a friend to veterans. We can’t even pay for the costs of the wars and wounded we already have.“A powerful US senator is pushing President Barack Obama to put more American boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says "it is obvious that President Obama currently has no coherent strategy to achieve his stated goal to 'degrade and ultimately destroy' [the Islamic State]." Part of any such plan, McCain said in a statement Monday, should recognize that "American boots on the ground are necessary to defeat [the group] in Iraq and Syria." 

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VA patient claims waiting to be addressed.

Senator McCain is not a friend to veterans and is no longer a war hero in my mind and I base my judgment on evidence. The first piece of evidence is his allowing Agent Orange’s insult to go unchallenged. The second is endorsing him. The evidence below confirms my view of his inability to recognize the plight of veterans.

· In 2006, McCain voted against a funding amendment (S. Amdt. 3704) to provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities [source: U.S. Senate].

· He voted against another 2006 amendment (S. Amdt. 3642) that provided the VA an additional $430 million in funding for outpatient care and treatment for veterans [source: U.S. Senate].

· McCain voted against S. Amdt. 3007 in 2006, which would have provided an additional $1.5 billion in funding for veterans' health care in FY 2007 by closing tax loopholes [source: U.S. Senate].

· In 2005, he voted against an amendment to provide an additional $500 million for veterans' mental health care for each year between 2006 and 2010 (S. Amdt. 2634) [source: U.S. Senate].

· McCain voted no on an amendment S. Amdt. 2745 in 2004, which would have increased funding for veterans' medical care by $1.8 billion by "eliminating abusive tax loopholes" [source: U.S. Senate].

· McCain voted against an increase of $650 million for veterans' medical care in 2001 (S. Amdt. 1218) [source: U.S. Senate].

Senator McCain please resign.

Deborah Baron

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