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Real Endorsement: McCain's War Captor Would Vote For Him

Real Endorsement: McCain's War Captor Would Vote For Him

Tran Trong Duyet could just be the unlikeliest John McCain supporter you could hope to meet. Though he's now a retiree who likes ballroom dancing, 40 years ago Duyet was in charge of the prison where McCain was held as a POW for over five years. Speaking now, the 75-year-old says, "McCain is my friend. If I was American, I would vote for him."

Seen in the center of this picture after having ejected from his aircraft into a lake in Hanoi, Vietnam, McCain was taken to Hoa Lo prison, less than affectionately known by fellow inmates as the "Hanoi Hilton." The treatment McCain received while being held drove him to try to commit suicide. Duyet, his captor says now, "I don't know how he'd react if he met me again." And he tells a decidedly different story of McCain's time there: "I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners."

Duyet tells the tale of the man in prison, now seeking the White House:

We used to argue about the war — about whether it was right or wrong. He is a very frank man — very conservative, and very loyal to his country and the American ideal. He had a very interesting accent and sometimes he taught me words in English and corrected my accent. I have followed his career since he left prison.

While Duyet's recollection of human treatment all those years ago is impossible to corroborate in a country with wildly tight controls of the media, his support of now seems genuine. "I wish him success in the presidential election. . . I consider John McCain my friend because he did much to mend relations between our two countries. And if he becomes president he will do more to improve those ties."

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trésjolie1 trésjolie1 7 years
I just realized the worst typo ever in my above comment, I'm really tired today. In any case, the violence in Afghanistan has as MM stated been at a dramatic high last month. But it doesn't get any airtime. So I have to completely disagree with the bleeding theory. To be frank, there are things going on in that region every day, and it is very, very important for them, us and the world in general. I agree with cabaker that we need to stay involved in this war and not just pretend that we are. And I think Citizen is one place to start.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 7 years
I just realized the worst typo ever in my above comment, I'm really tired today. In any case, the violence in Afghanistan has as MM stated been at a dramatic high last month. But it doesn't get any airtime. So I have to completely disagree with the bleeding theory. To be frank, there are things going on in that region every day, and it is very, very important for them, us and the world in general. I agree with cabaker that we need to stay involved in this war and not just pretend that we are. And I think Citizen is one place to start.
stephley stephley 7 years
I'm not sure I believe that no one cares - certainly people here do. I think there are a lot of people who would prefer the wars stay in the background, at least for now. Along with Tresjolie's suggestion, I was wondering if people suggest their 'good' news stories to Citizen and Liberty.
stephley stephley 7 years
I'm not sure I believe that no one cares - certainly people here do. I think there are a lot of people who would prefer the wars stay in the background, at least for now.Along with Tresjolie's suggestion, I was wondering if people suggest their 'good' news stories to Citizen and Liberty.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
Unfortunately, that's not true stilleta. Violence in Afghanistan has stepped up in recent weeks. It's just that no one cares anymore. :(
lula29 lula29 7 years
"The progress in Iraq is either a) not reported or b) reported and then deemed false by the left" Define progress. Progess is a vague term when not attached to a specific and well defined goal. The problem with Iraq is that the reason we are there has shifted or has never been adequately defined, so even if what is deemed by the "right" as good news is reported, what does any of that mean? What makes it so good? Define progress.
lula29 lula29 7 years
"The progress in Iraq is either a) not reported or b) reported and then deemed false by the left"Define progress. Progess is a vague term when not attached to a specific and well defined goal. The problem with Iraq is that the reason we are there has shifted or has never been adequately defined, so even if what is deemed by the "right" as good news is reported, what does any of that mean? What makes it so good? Define progress.
stiletta stiletta 7 years
News coverage in Iraq and Afghanistan is diminishing because there isn't as much bloodshed besides the occasional terror incident. To me, the less I hear the better the news. Let's face it, it's not just international news, even locally "if it bleeds, it leads".
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 7 years
I'm a little late here. But first of all, wow, what a weird article! How weird would it be for McCain to here about this? And yup, he was hot! Secondly, maybe we could get a story a day on Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan and a weekly recap here on Citizen? Petition, maybe?
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 7 years
I'm a little late here. But first of all, wow, what a weird article! How weird would it be for McCain to here about this? And yup, he was hot!Secondly, maybe we could get a story a day on Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan and a weekly recap here on Citizen? Petition, maybe?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I posted a few CNN links. I'm sure they will show up soon.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Here are a few CNN links:http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/16/candidates.economy/index.html#cnnSTCTexthttp://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/16/obama.michigan/index.html#cnnSTCTexthttp://money.cnn.com/2008/06/16/news/economy/obama_economy/index.htm
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Here are a few CNN links: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/16/candidates.economy/index.html#cnnSTCText http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/16/obama.michigan/index.html#cnnSTCText http://money.cnn.com/2008/06/16/news/economy/obama_economy/index.htm
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Actually, Jill, I have seen coverage of Obama's economic plan. Of course, I can't find any articles online, but I specifically remember seeing it covered on at least two of the cable news channels and reading about it in newspapers in two different cities. (I read about it in a DC newspaper, my parents read about it in a Cleveland one.)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I agree Jillness the dumb jock was a little hotter in his young days. Unfortunately he lost the jock and kept the dumb.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I can't even try to think of Obama as hot...it feels disrespectful for some odd reason.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I can't even try to think of Obama as hot...it feels disrespectful for some odd reason.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
For some really bizarre reason I think both Young McCain and Young Bush Jr. were hot. Weird, huh? ;)
Jillness Jillness 7 years
For some really bizarre reason I think both Young McCain and Young Bush Jr. were hot. Weird, huh? ;)
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"Does anyone remember the 6 soldiers who were accused of murdering Iraqi civilians? 5 of the 6 have been aquitted. Did we ever hear anything about that? Nope." I did hear about it several times on NPR. :) Has anyone heard about Obama's economic/energy plans that he fully laid out on June 16th? Nope. Not even "lefty" news sources have covered it. The media likes drama, not facts...and that goes for both parties.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"Does anyone remember the 6 soldiers who were accused of murdering Iraqi civilians? 5 of the 6 have been aquitted. Did we ever hear anything about that? Nope."I did hear about it several times on NPR. :)Has anyone heard about Obama's economic/energy plans that he fully laid out on June 16th? Nope. Not even "lefty" news sources have covered it. The media likes drama, not facts...and that goes for both parties.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
There's something about a man in uniform... and McCain comes across as very masculine, which I like... John Edwards? Mr. 300 dollar hair cut? I'm sorry, I could never find someone attractive who primps more than I do.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
McCain, young or present age, does nothing for me. Neither does Obama. My stepmother thinks Obama is hot though. My sister and I went to see him speak. The first thing we were asked once we got home was, "Is he even more handsome in person?" Edwards does nothing for me either. Then again, their are few older men that I am attracted to.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
John Edwards is handsome but falls just shy of my pretty mark.
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Nah. John is too much of a pretty boy.
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