Friday Feedback: Allan Comments on “McCain: Unbalanced, Unglued, and Unfit”

istock_000001483014xsmall.jpgEvery Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment that was submitted in response to “McCain: Unbalanced, Unglued, and Unfit,” by Charley James. Here’s Allan’s comment:

“Scary thought, or frightening reality?

I’ll go with the latter. And this is why:

My father was a POW of the Germans during WW2. As an American fighter pilot over France following D-Day, his P-47 Thunderbolt was shot down while he was strafing an armored brigade. He was severely brutalized, and would have been executed, if not for a Jewish doctor who said he must be turned over to the Gestapo in Paris for interrogation.

He was tortured by the Gestapo for two weeks and left for dead one night as they fled Paris to avoid Patton’s forces and the free French troops with Patton who were extracting their full measure of revenge.

He was never really in charge of his anger the rest of his life, and was declared 50%disabled by PTSD by the VA. His behavior for most of my memory hinged between totally inexplicably erratic actions or a detachment from reality that could only be described as “other-worldly”.

But he came across to almost everyone outside his immediate family as controlled, fun, warm, and with a fair degree of charm – but it was all an act of extraordinary scope. His saving grace was his very large inheritance.

When he died he virtually left my Mother penniless. It was a very sad story.

And nobody reminds me more of him than John McCain.

Maybe it is part and parcel of the fighter pilot mentality, or the mistreatment at capture, but I’d prefer not to find out the hard way…. so we damn sure better keep old John out of the White House.

The failure to heed a clear warning often has dire consequenceses for all.”


  1. says

    As a Vietnam combat veteran who has worked with homeless vets, I know we have a decades-long challenge with our Iraq/Afghan War veterans, who will suffer alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness, and all the related PTSD maladies in far greater numbers than others of their generation who did not serve.

    Even now, an estimated 25,000 homeless veterans are among the 80,000 homeless living on the streets of Los Angeles — many of them Vietnam-era veterans.

    Now, with the war still going and politicians trying to outdo each other with how much they “stand by our brave service men and women,” you hear lots of talk about how we’ll put programs in place to help them readjust to society and to help their families adjust to them.

    Want to bet nothing will come of all that talk?

  2. says

    I could very much relate to this story. My husband who suffers from PTSD and alcoholism (they both go hand in hand)left me two weeks after I finished treatment for breast cancer. While undergoing chemo, unbeknownst to our neighbors and friends, he was not only neglectful of me, but emmotionally abusive. I never dreamed my Sempre Fi could betray be so deeply.

    Our nation does not deserve a similar betrayal.

  3. Su says

    It takes one to know one. I’m also the kid of a man who suffered from PTSD, in my dad’s case, it was the Vietnam war. I find much to relate to in your story as well as Judith’s, on the original page.

    McCain aside, it’s painful to me that we will have yet another generation of children raised by fathers, and now mothers too, who have been debilitated by their war.

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