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Trump's McCain Insult Shows Ignorance of Vietnam Pilots

6 20.07.2015 Инфо

The contretemps over Donald Trump’s dismissal of Senator John McCain’s military heroism has overlooked the circumstances that make it resonant throughout the military: not just McCain’s ability to endure torture, but the tremendously dangerous bombing mission that led him into five and a half years of North Vietnamese captivity. The risk of being shot down and captured, so searing during Vietnam, has led to generations of US military planners avoiding engagements where pilots face sophisticated air defenses and to the rise of drone warfare. Ironically, that has allowed public perceptions of the dangers of bombing missions in contested airspace to diminish to the point where a real-estate developer can insult a veteran and not seem to realize how anyone flying a similar mission could end up in captivity.