You know that racist flag? The one that supposedly honors history but actually spreads a pernicious myth? And is useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage? It’s past time to pull it down.
Oh, wait. You thought I was referring to the Confederate flag. Actually, I’m talking about the POW/MIA flag.
The flag was the creation of the National League of Families of Prisoners of War, later the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, a fascinating part of the story in itself.
The organization was founded by POW wife Sybil Stockdale, during the Johnson administration, in an effort to embarrass LBJ and challenge his line that all in Vietnam was going swell. Johnson tried to silence them; Nixon’s people, however, spying opportunity, coopted the group, sometimes inventing chapters outright, to fan the propaganda flames.
Then the war ended, the POWs (yes, all the POWs) were repatriated to great fanfare, one of them declaring: “I want you to remember that we walked out of Hanoi as winners”—a declaration that seemed to suggest, almost, that by surviving, the POWs had won the Vietnam War.
Does this guy believe there were only POWs in Vietnam? History shows that there have been POWs in other wars as well, some that weren’t released until as late as 1988!
This guy is infusing racism where it absolutely has ZERO point. Americans of all colors were fighting against Communism.
There is a sitting Senator who was a POW. Is he fake?
What this jackal is doing is taking away from the families and the military men who suffered as POWs and those MIA to push some sort of twisted agenda that he has as a leftist.
If he wants to discuss the race card, feel free, but stop trying to change history and turn it into something it’s not because of some hatred of the military.