In 2015, Mc Cain became chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin, Mc Cain and his fellow pilots became frustrated by micromanagement from Washington, and he would later write that "In all candor, we thought our civilian commanders were complete idiots who didn't have the least notion of what it took to win the war." On July 29, 1967, Mc Cain was a lieutenant commander when he was near the epicenter of the USS Forrestal fire.
In the February 1999 Senate trial following the impeachment of Bill Clinton, Mc Cain voted to convict the president on both the perjury and obstruction of justice counts, saying Clinton had violated his sworn oath of office.
In March 1999, Mc Cain voted to approve the NATO bombing campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, saying that the ongoing genocide of the Kosovo War must be stopped and criticizing past Clinton administration inaction. The book traces Mc Cain's family background and childhood, covers his time at Annapolis and his service before and during the Vietnam War, concluding with his release from captivity in 1973.
Later, when a Republican senator, Jim Jeffords, became an Independent, thereby throwing control of the Senate to the Democrats, Mc Cain defended Jeffords against "self-appointed enforcers of party loyalty".
Beginning in 2001, Mc Cain used political capital gained from his presidential run, as well as improved legislative skills and relationships with other members, to become one of the Senate's most influential members.
Such early release was prohibited by the POWs' interpretation of the military Code of Conduct which states in Article III: “I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy”. His numerous military decorations and awards include the Silver Star Medal, two Legion of Merits, Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Heart Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and Prisoner of War Medal. I wish I could have had the luxury, like you, of growing up and living and spending my entire life in a nice place like the First District of Arizona, but I was doing other things.