Saturday, September 13, 2008

McCain Popular in Vietnam

Bygones can be bygones, by golly. Senator John McCain, as you may have heard, was held as a POW in Vietnam for years at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton." He was tortured and to this day suffers the effects of that ordeal. He cannot, for example, raise his hands above his head and it is painful for him to attempt to type on a keyboard. Now, his former captors love him and would like to see him become the next president of the United States. "If I had a vote in the U.S., I would choose McCain," beams retired Col. Tran Trong Duyet, the camp's former commander. "I want him in the White House."

Wow. From former mortal enemies - either man would have killed the other in a field of combat in Vietnam - to political allies. This unlikely sentiment is widely shared in this fast-growing country of 85 million. "The majority of the people in Vietnam know Sen. McCain and feel comfortable about him," says Duong Trung Quoc, a member of Vietnam's National Assembly and secretary-general of the Association of Vietnamese Historians. "Nobody here knows about Obama." FULL STORY... RELATED: John McCain, Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account