Cindy McCain insults troops with PTSD

Posted: October 10, 2008 in america, clueless, elitism, john mccain, lies, medical, military, politics, POW Jack, republicans, stupid, war

In what is fast becoming both a pathetic cliche and a sad reality of the McCain campaign, prospective first “lady” Cindy McCain has once again uttered a completely ignorant, insensitive and disrespectful comment about the troops in an interview.  Talking to Marie Claire magazine recently, she had this to say about her husband’s wartime experiences and the possiblity that he still suffers from them as a result:

MC: I heard that when you were in Vietnam recently, you found yourself in the same hospital room where your husband was taken after he was shot down. How did that feel? Surreal, or all too real?
Yeah, actually, that’s a great description of it. You know, I had this feeling that that was the place. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know. And then they proceeded to tell me that indeed it was the hospital and it was the room where he’d been photographed — you know, that famous photograph of him.

MC: Did you get a chill?
I did. I got a chill, and I also was very poignantly reminded of just how strong my husband is, how tough and determined.

MC: You met your husband after his POW days. To what extent is that still with you — or is it a part of history?
My husband will be the first one to tell you that that’s in the past. Certainly it’s a part of who he is, but he doesn’t dwell on it. It’s not part of a daily experience that we experience or anything like that. But it has shaped him. It has made him the leader that he is.

MC: But no cold sweats in the middle of the night?
Oh, no, no, no, no, no. My husband, he’d be the first one to tell you that he was trained to do what he was doing. The guys who had the trouble were the 18-year-olds who were drafted. He was trained, he went to the Naval Academy, he was a trained United States naval officer, and so he knew what he was doing.

We’ll put aside the laughable assertion that her husband “doesn’t dwell on it” when in fact he and his surrogates never miss a chance to bring up his POW history even in the most trivial of circumstances.  And maybe she’s telling the truth when she implies he doesn’t have nightmares as a result of it.  If that’s the case, then that’s great for him.  He’s a lot better off than probably most of his fellow prisoners.

But to suggest that the only troops who suffer from PTSD are the 18-year old draftees is not merely ludicrous, it’s ignorant, insulting and demeaning.  To suggest that her husband doesn’t have it because he had proper training is equally stupid and ignorant.  To say this at a time when our nation is at war on two fronts overseas, and our young men and women are returning home with very real symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (even the officers), and treatment for PTSD is being denied them or is simply unavailable, is irresponsible and reckless.

And to say all this when your husband, the Republican candidate for President, is a man who has voted repeatedly against funding for veterans’ health care, and who voted against a funding bill that would have provided improved body armor for combat troops because it included a timetable for withdrawal, is more than a little ludicrous.

It’s insane.  It’s insensitive.  It’s unworthy of a first lady.  Cindy and John McCain owe the troops a massive apology.

  1. Kathleen says:

    Maybe John McCain didn’t and doesn’t have PTSD because he doesn’t feel anything. For a man who was dubbed a “straight talker” John McCain has recently proved otherwise. Cindy McCain is just plain ignorant and does not deserve to represent our country.

    I lost my brother to suicide 2 years ago. He was a veteran of the Vietnam era who served 13 years in the militray (so I assume hed had a great deal of training). After leaving military service, he could not adapt to civilain life. He sought help from the VA for almost 30 years. Then, one day he went into his room, mixed a coctail of prescription drugs and overdosed. When he was found, his military record was open next to his bed. There were empty prescription bottles for psychotropic drugs dating back to the 70s.

    While my brother’s name will not appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, I consider him a casualty of war. There so many more like him. Yes, we honor our soldiers when they fight and when they die. When they develop PTSD, it becomes problematic for public relations.

  2. Afrit007 says:

    My condolences for your loss. Your brother was indeed a casualty of war, and no less a hero than those who died in combat. Like all veterans, he deserved much better than America gave him in return for his service.

    PTSD is a serious problem that needs to be recognized and treated, not swept under the rug as it has been by the current administration.