Liberal journalist Rick Perlstein has reached a new low for the left. In a column at Newsweek, he claims that the POW/MIA flag which honors American war heroes who are prisoners of war or missing in action is racist.
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It’s Time to Haul Down Another Flag of Racist Hate
You know that racist flag? The one that supposedly honors history but actually spreads a pernicious myth? And is useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage? It’s past time to pull it down.
Oh, wait. You thought I was referring to the Confederate flag. Actually, I’m talking about the POW/MIA flag.
I told the story in the first chapter of my 2014 book The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan: how Richard Nixon invented the cult of the “POW/MIA” in order to justify the carnage in Vietnam in a way that rendered the United States as its sole victim.
Our military heroes deserve better and Rick Perlstein owes them an apology.