asinine comment about the forthcoming president's “test" provoked John
McCain's quick rejoinder: “I've already been tested.” That French video of the
wounded John McCain in a Hanoi prison certainly stands as stark proof.
While recently endorsing Barack Obama (for the
second time), Fidel Castro made a point to insult the brave and grievously
wounded man featured in that video as “a tool of the Miami Mafia” (i.e.,
Americans of Cuban heritage who refused to serve as Castro's tools, and today
overwhelmingly refuse to serve as the Democratic party's “Hispanic outreach”
Yet Fidel Castro knows full well that John
McCain and his naval-pilot Band of Brothers—even under a form of
“persuasion” that few of us can even imagine—serve as tools for nobody,
except for the nation they swore to defend.
Fidel Castro knows this better than most. No
doubt he heard it point-blank from the “interrogation specialists” he sent to
North Vietnam in 1967-68. When John McCain addressed a crowd of Bay of Pigs
veterans and former Cuban political prisoners last year, he learned that he and
his fellow POW's in North Vietnam had shared torturers with the Cuban-American
freedom-fighters then hosting and applauding him, which included the longest-suffering
political prisoners in modern history, having suffered
prison camps, forced labor and torture chambers for a period THREE TIMES as
long in the Castro/Che Gulag as Alexander Solzhenytzin suffered in Stalin's
"Anything that I and my friends might have
experienced is nothing—nothing—compared with what some of the men in this room
went through," a gracious John McCain said as many of his hosts misted up.
“I'm introducing a man who suffered the prisons,
as I did,” said Roberto Martin-Perez, who introduced McCain on the podium. “This
honor that's been conferred upon me is not only mine but the thousands of
victims who have suffered because of this terrible doctrine (Communism).”
Senor Martin-Perez suffered 28 years in Castro's Gulag, repeatedly spitting in
the face of the Communist torturers who demanded his "confession."
Thus, The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Democratic Underground all recently denounced Senor Martin-Perez
(who also narrates a McCain campaign ad) as a “terrorist” and McCain's
association with him as the Republicans' own Ayer's scandal.
Democrats equate an anti-communist U.S. citizen who honorably stood up to 28
years of torture by sadists serving a Stalinist regime that denounced the U.S.
as "a vulture preying on humanity!" and came closest to nuking us, to
Bill Ayers. And let that Stalinist regime's dictator endorse their candidate.
No Republican campaign ad could make the ramifications of this election any
In 1967, Castro sent several of his regime's most
promising sadists to North Vietnamese prison camps to instruct the Vietnamese
reds in finer points of their profession. Testimony during Congressional
hearings titled, “The Cuban Torture Program: Torture of American Prisoners by
Cuban Agents” held on November 1999 provide some of the harrowing details.
The communists titled their torture program
"the Cuba Project," and it took place during 67-68 primarily at the
Cu Loc POW camp (also known as “The Zoo”) on the southwestern edge of Hanoi. In brief, this “Cuba Project” was a Joseph
Mengelese experiment run by Castroite Cubans to determine how much physical and
psychological agony a human can endure before cracking. The North Vietnamese
never asked the Castroites for advice on combat. They knew better. Unlike
director Steven Soderbergh, they probably saw through the whole "Che as
Guerrilla" hoopla for what it was and is: a Castroite hoax to camouflage
the Inspector Clousseau-like bumblings of an incurable military idiot—and more
specifically, Castro's own hand in the idiot's offing. The North Vietnamese sought Castroite tutelage
only on torture of the defenseless, well aware of their expertise in the
For their experiment, the Castroites chose
twenty American POWs—mostly Navy flyers. One died: Lieutenant Colonel Earl
Cobeil, an Air Force F-105 pilot. His death came slowly, in agonizing stages,
under torture. Upon learning his Castroite Cuban affiliation, the American POWs
nicknamed Cobeil's torturer, “Fidel.”
“The difference between the Vietnamese and ‘Fidel’,”
testified POW Captain Ray Vohden, “was that, more or less, once the Vietnamese
got what they wanted they let up, at least for a while...Not so with Fidel,... ‘I'll
show him,’ Fidel said to me. ‘I'll make him (Colonel Earl Cobeil) so happy to
bow down when I finish with him, he'll come crying to me on his knees begging
me to let him surrender!’......When I saw 'Fidel' with the fan belt I was
surprised because up to that time I had never heard of anyone getting hit like
that. Slaps, punches, straps, manacles, ropes, yes.”
“But 'Fidel' was going to show the Vietnamese a
new trick....Earl Cobeil, had resisted 'Fidel' to the maximum. Now I could hear
the thud of the belt falling on Cobeil's body again and again, as Fidel
screamed "you son of a beech! You f**ker . I will show you! I will show
you!' I could hear the thud of the belt falling on Earl Cobeil’s body again and
again. I almost threw up each time I heard the belt hit Earl's body. I didn’t
think any human could endure such a thing. The guards all stood around laughing
and yelling in Vietnamese. It had been far easier for me to endure the straps
myself then to have to go through this.
"They (the North Vietnamese) tortured to
obtain military information or a political statement, they punished us for
breaking their rules...but rarely tortured indefinitely just for the sake of
torture. Eventually they always let up. However,
the Cubans unmercifully beat a mentally defenseless, sick man to death."
"Earl Cobeil was a complete physical
disaster when we saw him," testified another fellow POW, Col. Jack Bomar. “He
had been tortured for days and days and days.” Cobeil's “hands were almost
severed from the manacles. He had bamboo in his shins. All kinds of welts up
and down all over; his face was bloody. He was a complete mess. They brought
him into the room and as far as we could tell, Captain Cobeil was totally
mentally out of it. He did not know where he was. Then 'Fidel' began to beat
him with a fan belt......When he ('Fidel') lost his temper, he was a complete
madman. He would get red in the face; he just exploded with rage, especially if
you refused to bow to him like Cobeil refused to do.”
"Fidel's" month-long beatings of
another U.S. POW named Jim Kasler were “among the worst sieges of torture any
American withstood in Hanoi,” according to the book Honor Bound. “Fidel”
flogged Kasler “until his buttocks, lower back and legs hung in shreds, and at
the end he was in a semi-coma.”
These hearings, by the way, identified this
'Fidel” with great probability as Fernando Vecino Alegret, who served until
quite recently as Cuba’s “Minister of Education,” and thus hosted many of those
visiting delegations of smiling U.S. scholars and educators who return
enchanted with the marvels of Cuban literacy and health-care.
The Congressional hearing concluded that the “ruthless nature of the (Cuban) interrogators and the
severity of their actions led prisoners such as Captain Raymond Vohden and
Colonel Jack Bomar to question how human beings could so batter another human
being. They (the American POWs) stood firm in the face of unrestrained
brutality, intimidation, and humiliation.”
Think about it: the very declarations people like Michael Moore, Sean Penn,
Danny Glover, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Jeremiah Wright and so many other
Obama-backers broadcast for free publicity, Fidel Castro and Ho Chi Minh's
prisoners refused to sign to save their lives, or to end years of daily
torture. Also note that John McCain enjoys overwhelming support from these men.
Again, could the ramifications of this election be any clearer?
I'd say John Mc Cain passed his test with flying
colors—the glorious colors of the flag he swore to defend.