If you haven't done so, please read John McCain, Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account -- all seventeen pages of it.
It is amazing what we take for granted in this country, especially when you consider what some Americans go through in our defense.
Another interesting article is the three-page interview, John McCain: One Prisoner of War's Fresh Appraisal of U.S. in 1973. On Page Two we find the following:
Since you've been back, has this Watergate business changed your opinion of the President?
No, it hasn't changed my opinion. It has certainly made me sad that this situation should have arisen. However, I feel that in the context of history that Watergate will be a very minor item as compared with the other achievements of this Administration, particularly in the area of foreign affairs. I do hope that this country will get over Watergate and get going again on the very serious problems that we're facing today.
It is very moving to read about your experience as a POW in Vietnam. It is incredible what you went through. It is beyond comprehension for most of us what you went through every day, every hour, every minute, during the more than five years you spent as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
You probably don't consider yourself a hero -- most heroes don't -- but you are, and you always will be, a hero for what you have done. And, on the occasion of your campaign for the Presidency, I pause to think about all the others who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for our nation; I pause especially for those who have been taken from our freedom, and confined by a brutal enemy that seeks to destroy their faith and even their humanity. Your sacrifice, though immense, is but a small fraction of the sacrifices that are made on behalf of our nation, and I can't thank you and all the others enough for all that you have done.
It pains me very deeply, sir, to report your obvious and wrongful ties to Islamic terrorists and to Albanian organized crime.
No one, sir, is above the law -- not a fellow American, not a fellow Republican, not an esteemed public servant, not a President... and not even a war hero. To place anyone above the law is to dishonor and negate the sacrifice you made in Vietnam; to place anyone above the law is to do the work of Osama bin Laden, who seeks the destruction of our great nation.
It is with a heavy heart that I call for an investigation which, if faithfully done, I am convinced will lead to your indictment for various high crimes and misdemeanors, including, but not limited to, influence-peddling, racketeering, and treason.
Know, sir, that while I shall seek your prosecution, you shall not be dismissed from my gratitude for your past sacrifices to this nation, but rather, I shall pray to our Lord for you and yours.
If I may now quote the words of a great American who once gave everything he had that I and others might live safely in the greatest country in the world...
"It has certainly made me sad that this situation should have arisen."