To be fair, very few POWs actually manage to adhere strictly to that code. However, according to fellow POW, Air Force Lt. Col. John Dramesi, McCain's behavior as a prisoner, while certainly not dishonorable, was also not exceptional. He managed generally no better nor no worse than the average POW. He did what was necessary to survive. There is certainly no dishonor in that. But, that McCain has chosen to highlight this experience and create the sense that his conduct was exceptionally heroic, leaves a bad taste in the mouth of many former POWs. McCain has and continues to use his POW experience expressly to further his political fortunes.
There is a great deal more to discover in Dickinson's article. McCain's propensity to promote John McCain above all else continues throughout his political career. Dickinson notes that despite what a number of his fellow Senators may say, McCain has few true friends. He is just not a particularly likable guy. The portrait Tim Dickinson paints of John McCain is far different than the one the Arizona Senator would like you to see.