Why is Donald Trump deliberately picking a fight with the ghost of John McCain? It might seem he has nothing to gain and much to lose from this battle. To understand the roles of the myth in American culture and politics, one needs to look at its history.
The jovial retort about killing people by bombing them was not surprising to those who remembered what John McCain was doing during the US war on Vietnam.
Who is the real John McCain? A credible case has been made that he almost certainly crossed the line and collaborated extensively while a prisoner in North Vietnam.
If the paeans to McCain by diverse political climbers seems detached from reality, it’s because they reflect the elite view of U.S. military interventions as a chess game, with the millions killed by unprovoked aggression mere statistics, says Max Blumenthal.