My old friend Scott Horton and I had fun yesterday correcting the record on the late Saint John McCain. McCain’s rascality stretched back at least 40 years. The media portrayed John McCain as a combination of Jesus and General Sherman, always ready to righteously bomb another country that failed to kowtow to Washington. He should have been indicted for corruption on the Keating Five scandal but instead he became the Washington media’s favorite champion of “good government” and campaign finance reform. As comedian Lily Tomlin warned, “No matter how cynical you get, it is not enough to keep up.”
Here’s the writeup on the interview from the Libertarian Institute (which is now based in Texas, with Scott directly in control):
Jim Bovard talks about the legacy of John McCain, who has only been lionized more than ever following his death and the controversy surrounding President Trump. The truth, says Bovard, is much more sinister.
Discussed on the show:
- “John McCain’s Disastrous Militaristic Legacy” (James Bovard)
- Keating Five
- Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam
- “The story behind McNamara’s Morons, Vietnam War’s cruel experiment” (Big Think)
- Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
Jim Bovard is a columnist for USA Today and the author of Public Policy Hooligan: Rollicking and Wrangling from Helltown to Washington. Find all of his books and read his work on his website and follow him on Twitter @JimBovard.
You can listen or download the MP3 from the Scott Horton Show here –