The Dark Heart of the US Government
by Ron Unz
Six days ago, we released our cover story presenting Sydney Schanberg’s stunning account of the American abandonment of hundreds of POWs in Vietnam, their presumed later death at Communist hands, and the decades-long governmental cover-up which thereafter ensued.
Since that time, hundreds of websites have reprinted the articles in our symposium or otherwise discussed the topic. Based on the known traffic figures for the larger ones, I would guess that some hundreds of thousands of politically-oriented readers have now become first acquainted with this long-buried story, and the voluminous evidence which stands behind it. I can well imagine the shocked and horrified reaction of so many of those individuals.
Meanwhile, the near-absolute silence on the other side of the case is quite deafening in its own implications. Neither anyone from the John McCain campaign nor from among his many erstwhile admirers in the media commentariat has seen fit to deny or dispute any of the devastating charges of his leading role in cover-up, charges leveled by an eminent Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. Keeping silent is always the best course of action when you have no remotely plausible case to make.