In 1968, a year into his imprisonment and torture as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, (John) McCain was offered early release — the North Vietnamese seeking to gain publicity points after McCain’s admiral father was put in command of all U.S. forces in the region. The young John McCain refused. He would only agree to be released if every American taken prisoner before him was released as well.
I’ve heard this story told over and over again, and I just don’t believe it.
If the North Vietnamese had thought it was in their best interest to release him, they would have done so. It is extraordinarily unlikely that they’d have taken his personal feelings into account.
They just weren’t the touchy-feely types.
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