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So far this week, our small webzine has scored record-breaking traffic due to the ongoing media controversy regarding the doubts expressed by Donald Trump regarding Sen. John McCain’s Vietnam War record.

Although over the last few decades our dishonest national media has established Sen. McCain as perhaps America’s greatest living war hero, the actual facts seem to be quite contrary, though as yet scarcely touched upon by Trump’s somewhat scattershot statements. Be it as it may, many tens of thousands of readers have now discovered Pulitzer Prize winner Sydney Schanberg’s shocking expose of the McCain-led POW Cover-Up, both on this website and elsewhere, and large numbers have also read my more recent “Tokyo Rose” piece on the senior Arizona senator.

Over the last few days, these articles have aggregated a total of 2,500 Tweets across different websites, which would be excellent distribution for a front-page story in The New York Times, and perhaps these massively documented but long suppressed facts will finally slip into the MSM, at which point—to quote Sydney Schanberg—“all hell could break loose.” When the American public discovers that “Rambo was Right” all along, perhaps Hollywood will then commission a sequel to that Oscar-winning film The Killing Fields, in which Sam Waterston reprises his role as the heroic Schanberg, this time focusing on his many years of lonely stateside effort to break the greatest story of his career.


On a much more mundane level, regular readers of The Review will surely have noticed that over the last few weeks we have greatly expanded our list of regular Columnists, adding a half-dozen new writers, both Left and Right, many of whom possess very substantial journalistic ouvres, but whose unwillingness to blindly toe various ideological party-lines have generally locked them out of our national op-ed pages. In alphabetical order, they are:

  • Linh Dinh. Author of two books of stories, five books of poetry, and a novel, with his work repeatedly anthologized in the volumes of Best American Poetry and one of his books ranked as among of the year by The Village Voice. The frequent focus of his writing and photography on the darker side of recent American life has sometimes caused him to be described as the “Jacob Riis” of today’s impoverished and deindustrialized America.
  • Eamonn Fingleton. A former editor for Forbes and The Financial Times, he has spent 27 years covering industrial policy and East Asian economics and is the author of three books on those subjects,with Blindside named as one of the Ten Best Business Books of 1995 by BusinessWeek.
  • Norman Finkelstein. Holding a Princeton doctorate in Political Science, he is the author of a dozen books, mostly focusing on Israel/Palestine issues and Jewish history, with The Holocaust Industry becoming an international best-seller. He has also the subject of an award-winning documentary, American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein.
  • Ilana Mercer. A leading paleolibertarian commentator, she is the author of two books, Broad Sides and Into the Cannibal’s Pot, and a widely distributed column, while serving as a Fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies.
  • James Petras. The Bartle Professor of Sociology (Emeritus) at Binghamton University in New York, he is the author of 62 books published in 29 languages and over 600 academic journal articles, with a special focus on imperialism, Latin America, and Middle East policy.
  • The Saker. The Pseudonymous founder of The Vineyard of the Saker, one of the leading websites providing an alternative perspective on the Ukraine military conflict. He has been described as a former top level American military analyst, born overseas but currently living in Florida, and his detailed analyses are frequently quoted and syndicated across the Internet.

Our collection of alternative Columnists drawn from a variety of different ideological perspectives and focused on a variety of different topics has now reached almost two dozen, which may seem somewhat unmanageable to many of our readers. Furthermore, commenters regularly complain that particular columnists are “ignorant,” “dishonest,” “uninteresting,” or “crazy,” which is only to be expected given the controversial views frequently expressed.

Therefore my own contribution to this website expansion process has been to use the wonders of Javascript/jQuery to implement a very convenient drag-and-drop customization feature, allowing users to simply use their mouse to move any of the Columnists up or down on the Home Page, rearranging the once-alphabetical list as they see fit, and relegating the least desired ones into the basement of opinion. Thus some readers may choose to put the views of Gustavo Arellano at the top and those of Pat Buchanan at the bottom, while others will surely choose the opposite. All these changes are permanently saved in a browser cookie

• Category: History • Tags: John McCain, McCain/POW, Vietnam War 
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  1. ‘New’ columnists?. They’re all over 50, at least the males-and I’m too much a gentleman to guess the lady’s age?

    • Replies: @Thomas Fuller
  2. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I tried three different Firefox versions and one Chrome, and the convenient customization feature does not work. Javascript is enabled.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  3. @anony-mouse

    A gentleman would not have mentioned the lady’s age. 😉

  4. Ron Unz says:

    I should have mentioned that the drag-and-drop for the Columnists on the Home Page, but once you’ve customized their order, it applies everywhere else as well. Also, refresh your browser to reload the new Javascript. Everything seems to work for me under both Chrome and Firefox.

    If you’re still having problems, leave another comment.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  5. Art R. says:

    When I click on “columnists” or “bloggers” nothing happens. My PC has the Windows Vista operating system and IE 9. Microsoft for some reason will not upgrade Vista users to IE 10. I have also disabled Java Script because of its susceptibility to malware.

    Everything was working fine before Mr. Unz embarked on his latest website “upgrade.” Why must the techie types (and techie companies) continually change things that don’t need to be changed? A quote from the “Communist Manifesto” comes to mind:

    “Constant revolutionizing of production; uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions; everlasting uncertainty and agitation; all fixed, fast-frozen relations with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions are swept away and all new formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify; all that is solid melts into air; all that is holy is profaned.”

    Reboot the old software, please, Mr. Unz.

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    , @Ron Unz
  6. @Art R.

    You should switch over to Linux. You can install Ubuntu on the machine you already have, keep your Windows Vista and have a dual boot machine, ie. you choose whether you want to use Ubuntu Linux or Windows Vista when you start-up.

    People who quote from the Communist Manifesto should be using Linux rather than Windows.

    • Replies: @jtgw
  7. Ron Unz says:
    @Art R.

    The problem is that you have Javascript disabled, and the new features I’m describing are all based on Javascript. Everything seems to work properly on browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Explorer 11.

    However, the Columnists and Bloggers links should still work fine without Javascript, and I’ve tested them that way. Anyway, all the individual Columnists and Bloggers are directly accessible, both on the Home page and on the Sidebar of all the other pages.

    Try refreshing your browser to reload the new code and let me know in greater detail about your problems.

    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome
  8. J Yan says:

    In IE11, hovering the cursor just above the columnist name in the columnist column triggers some irritating oscillation.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  9. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    OK, got it! I never actually visit Home page, so was trying it on side bar. It does work fine now!

  10. I appreciate the wide range of writers, Ron. Thanks.

  11. Ron Unz says:
    @J Yan

    Thanks. I almost never use IE myself, but I replicated the problem you noticed and will try to fix it.

  12. AnAnon says:

    Thank you for keeping Schanbergs work, even if he were wrong about the POWs, the incompetence of our own intelligence agency in dealing with them is inexcusable.

  13. jtgw says:
    @Cagey Beast

    LOL, or anyone pompously holding forth on the evils of modern technology while using the Internet needs to take a good look at himself.

  14. Just curious about the whole “war hero” term as pertains to McCain. Didn’t pretty much every POW give up the kind of information that McCain did or was his confession and subsequent good treatment by his captors somehow excessive/unusual?

  15. @Ron Unz

    There could be a non-javascript version of the site, with the infinite scroll being multiple pages and hover replaced with opening a new tab

  16. tbraton says:

    Ron Unz, I thought I would post here to call your attention to a comment I had posted in early April, 2010 on The American Conservative at the time you were serving as its publisher. I had previously alluded to the 2004 Obama interview in another recent comment on, but I happened to come across this comment of mine on TAC last night when searching for something else. What makes this comment significant is the quote on the alternative website where I happened to find the preserved interview after the Tribune had deleted it from its archives. I am posting it here because it seems to be relevant to your thesis re “American Pravda” and thought the information might prove useful to you. Feel free to use it or not as you see fit and don’t worry about attribution.

    tbraton says:
    April 4, 2010 at 2:35 am
    In my earlier post, I referred to Obama’s interview with the Chicago Tribune during his 2004 campaign for the Senate, where he stated that military force against Iran might be necessary if sanctions proved unsuccessful in forcing Iran to abandon its nuclear program. I have located a copy of that Tribune article reprinted at, but what is interesting is the comment made near the end of the reprint site (which conforms to my experience when I first discovered the interview more than three years ago): “And thankfully for his campaign, this article has been expunged from the Chicago Tribune’s website and from the internet, so nobody will ever hear about his untoward comments.” It does raise the question of why a major paper (which just happens to be Obama’s hometown newspaper) would choose to delete an important interview with a successful Senatorial candidate who went on to become President of the U.S.

    His comments are disturbing, not only with respect to Iran but with respect to Pakistan: ““On the other hand, having a radical Muslim theocracy in possession of nuclear weapons is worse. So I guess my instinct would be to err on not having those weapons in the possession of the ruling clerics of Iran. … And I hope it doesn’t get to that point. But realistically, as I watch how this thing has evolved, I’d be surprised if Iran blinked at this point.” As for Pakistan, Obama said that if President Pervez Musharraf were to lose power in a coup, the United States similarly might have to consider military action in that country to destroy nuclear weapons it already possesses. Musharraf’s troops are battling hundreds of well-armed foreign militants and Pakistani tribesmen in increasingly violent confrontations. Obama said that violent Islamic extremists are a vastly different brand of foe than was the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and they must be treated differently. … “I think there are elements within Pakistan right now–if Musharraf is overthrown and they took over, I think we would have to consider going in and taking those bombs out, because I don’t think we can make the same assumptions about how they calculate risks.””

  17. Harold says:

    That drag-and-drop customization is really neat!
    Maybe we could also adjust the number of blog posts visible per blogger?

    Also, would it be possible to get clicking the agree/disagree buttons to leave the new status, the blue colouring, of comments alone? I just used the feature and I wasn’t expecting it to reload the page obliterating the new status.

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