Tran Trong Duyet is a Vietnamese retiree and “amateur ballroom dancer.” He’s one of those foreign folks that the Western press describes with such words as “sprightly,” like when, say, Barbara Walters interviews the Dalai Lama and calls him “cute” or “adorable.” Ha ha, wacky old Asian men! You just want to fold them into a sparkly lunchbox and take them home as a present for your kitty cat. But in Duyet’s case, he would proceed to beat the shit out of your cat, which is what he did to John McCain as head of the Hoa Lo prison — the “Hanoi Hilton” — during WALNUTS!’ famous Captivity. Let’s see what cute things he has to say!

“McCain is my friend,” said 75-year-old Mr Duyet as he feeds the caged birds he now keeps in his garden in this coastal city.

“If I was American, I would vote for him.”

See? If John McCain had been a *bird*, then Duyet would’ve politely fed him. What’s not to understand about this?

‘When John McCain was my captive’ [BBC]

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  1. So is Mr Duyet implying that that Senator McCain lied about his treatment at the Hanoi Hilton?

    “He did not tell the truth,” he says.

    “But I can somehow sympathise with him. He lies to American voters in order to get their support for his presidential election.”

    Tom Brokaw, go the hell home. We’ve found another host for MTP.

  2. He is trying to get us to vote for him becuase he knows that McCain has a vaccuum tube implanted in his brain that, when innaugurated (sp?), will cause the resurrected soulless body of Ho Chi Minh to rise from the grave and take over America.

  3. Please post about how the Prez just said to the Filipino President that he is reminded of the goodness of the Filipinos when he thinks of the WH cook. I’m serious.

    And i’m an odd sort of livid right now.

  4. Manchurian candidate John McCain will push the nuclear button. All Americans should vote for Manchurian candidate John McCain. Vote yes for nuclear war.

  5. The Vietnamese should reopen the torture chamber where they kept McCain as a hotel for tourists that are into that kind of a thing. I bet the Germans (and Republicans) would go wild for that kind of thing. I know I do.

  6. “McCain has since described enduring months of solitary confinement and systematic torture which drove him to try to kill himself. “I don’t know how he’d react if he met me again,” said Mr Duyet.”

    I imagine he’d grab you by the head and try to push your eyes into your brain with his thumbs. Oh, wait, that was McCain in 2000, today he’d figure out a way to sell himself out for some votes.

  7. Older man that spent a long time with John McCain says he’s lying about stuff now for political advantage?

    This guy is John McCain’s Jeremiah Wright, except more badass, and at least this time we won’t be shocked when he damns America

  8. It was the war that got him into Ballroom dancing. Part of his duties as a POW camp guard involved going into little rooms and dancing on people’s balls.

  9. “Torture?” said Mr. Duyet. “What you mean? We no torture nobody. All whitey pye-rots got three meals a day with cable teevee and a bro-job. Waw-nuts just make a shit up again. He crazee.”

  10. [re=23687]Jim Newell[/re]: Jim, I would also like you to personally (personally!) call up friggin Malkin and find out what exactly does she think about this?

  11. So is Mr Duyet implying that that Senator McCain lied about [being tortured] at the Hanoi Hilton?

    “He did not tell the truth,” he says. “But I can somehow sympathise with him. He lies to American voters in order to get their support for his presidential election.”

    I hope they have a reunion so I can hear McCain call Duyet a lying cunt.

  12. i got all excited at first when i thought this was a picture of a young steve martin. imagine my sadness when i realized it was walnuts. perhaps steve could return to SNL for some impressions? the green screen background awkward smile is RIPE for professional mockery!

  13. I believe this Vietnamese man when he says they never tortured WALNUTS! After all, he gave them so much valuable information!

  14. ya know…i spent some time today thinking about John McCain…regardless of the ‘hero’ spin put on it, the poor man was a victim just as surely as if hed been shot in the head, raped, or maimed…

    no one comes out of that sort of thing ‘whole and sound’, no one…

    i find the article disturbing…makes me think of primo levis writings on memory…

    but then, im just another nut-job who rarely uses the upper case key…

  15. Damn, Obama better look out. McCain just secured the “Vietnamese people that tortured McCain” vote.

    I thought for sure that much sought after voting block would go to Obama.

  16. [re=23788]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: No He just calls Duyet and his other tortures gooks.

    McCain is also looking forward to the day when the Gitmo detainees can refer to McCain as a gook.

  17. [re=23837]WIDTAP[/re]: All I know is if it were black people who captured/tortured him, & he called just them the “N” word, I think all of the “N”s would still be slightly offended if not downright pissed. You can’t bandy around racial slurs & say it only applies to a subset of that population. Well, you can but it annoys the rest of that population.

  18. “He had a very interesting accent and sometimes he taught me words in English and corrected my accent. I have followed his career since he left prison.”

    The tracking device the NVA implanted in a benign polyp in his rectum made that very easy to do…

    And I bet Duyet’s “My friends..” phrasing is spot-on PCZ sub-dialect.

  19. [re=23691]American Dreamer[/re]: The prison is a museum but very unassuming. Just staying there would have been torture; the prisoners were often required to sit with their feet chained and the rooms are very very small. i suppose it just depends on how you define “torture.” It’s pretty moving, but most of it is a narrative of how the French tortured and imprisoned the Vietnamese. At the end, you see the photos of the US prisoners. The museum wants to remind visitors that the Vietnamese treated the Americans humanely (and relatively speaking, that’s probably true); there are also photos of the Red Cross officials and displays of the prisoners’ pajamas, toothbrushes etc.
    No matter what you think of McCain now, it’s an incredible experience to visit Hoa Lo prison.

    I suppose Abu Ghraib will be musea-lized one day soon, with 95% of the displays about Saddam’s torture of Iraqis and Kurds.

  20. But Mr Duyet’s propaganda-perfect version of events is impossible to verify – and should be treated with caution in a country where the Communist authorities still keep a tight control over the media.

    Unlike the media in the U S of A where it controls itself without the need for wasteful government intervention.

  21. [re=23950]Darehead[/re]: No no. You’re a fucking mooslim. You hate this place don’t you? Is it the T-Bird? Is it the Mustang?
    It could be our THRIVING middle class. Well you sir are jealous of these standards. You wish you could sit in traffic for days. You’re jealous we can murder as many people as we want, as long as we aren’t black?

    You are dead-on.
    I know you aren’t a Paultard, but I am drunk. This is sleep time for us dumb, American bastards.

  22. [re=23958]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: I don’t like McCain as a politician, especially post 9/11, but I did visit his former prison, before he became a prez candidate anyway. Like I said, most of the museum shows the French treatment of Vietnamese.

  23. [re=23962]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Yeah, you’re so cute when you’re drunk. When it’s your coffeetime, it’s my beertime, and vice versa.

  24. [re=23963]Darehead[/re]:
    And we fought for the French, for 10 years. Where the hell were you folks? Everybody knows you have to save the French right?

  25. [re=23679]The Real JR Revisted[/re]: I keep thinking that someone should track down McCain’s PI hookers, from his libterty calls in Olongapo! Maybe he left behind a slough of children!

    Zhu Bajie

  26. [re=23691]American Dreamer[/re]: The Japanese, too. Unit 731 has a museum in Manchuria, after all.

    Zhu Bajie[re=23788]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Probably not.

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