The Man or the Myth
John McCain liked to tell that story that his North Vietnamese captors offered to release him early, but he heroically replied, “Not without my brothers!”
Consider that scenario: “John, we’re thinking about making a move, but first we wanted to get your input. Is this okay with you?” I have a hard time picturing that, myself. It seems unlikely.
He was a “maverick” who voted the party line in the upper ninetieth percentile, a “hero” who knowingly bombed civilian targets.
It made a nice story, I guess, if you’re in to that sort of thing.