Conservative bloggers denounced Paul Hackett for his deceitful advertisements and his phony forums, but it seems there was a blatant lie we have overlooked. Until now.Atrios points out that
For all of the liberals who said we should vote for Hackett because he would be the first Iraqi War veteran elected to Congress, I am proud to present to you Illinois Congressman Mark Steven Kirk: A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who is already serving in the US House of Representatives.
Apparently, one current member of Congress flew missions over the northern no-fly zone in Iraq in 2000, before Operation Iraqi Freedom, and that therefore Hackett is a liar.Here, though, Atrios is wrong. The Army got hugely pissed over Bush's anti-historical lumping together of both te Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns and, finally, Rumsfeld had to relent. Now, soldiers are allowed to wear the GWOT Expeditionary medal or specific campaign medals. The White House website defines who's allowed to wear the Iraq Campaign Medal:
...To be clear, as far as I know Mark Kirk isn't misrepresenting his military service, the Schmidt campaign is doing it for him. Kirk's own website says he served stateside during OIF (one weekend a month as an intelligence officer in the Pentagon). There's no separate medal for serving in OIF, as the morons in charge decided to piss on the troops even further by lumping OEF and OIF together and giving only a GWOT Expeditionary medal, but unless there's some component of Kirk's service he's not advertising he wouldn't qualify for a GWOT medal. Again, this is no criticism of Kirk who, as far as I know, has not engaged in any resume puffery at all. It's all Schmidt, pissing on yet another Vet.
Sec. 2. Iraq Campaign Medal. There is hereby established the Iraq Campaign Medal with suitable appurtenances. Except as limited in section 3 of this order, and under uniform regulations to be prescribed by the Secretaries of the military departments and approved by the Secretary of Defense, or under regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, the Iraq Campaign Medal shall be awarded to members of the uniformed services of the United States who serve or have served in Iraq or contiguous waters or air space, as defined by such regulations, on or after March 19, 2003, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.Anyone qualified to wear the Iraq Campaign Medal can call himself an Iraqi Freedom veteran. While we applaud the service of Mark Kirk, his service occurred before the March 19, 2003, start date of the mission, according to the Bush administration itself.
(FYI: All the members of my unit have chosen to wear the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, knowing, as we do, that the GWOT medal is political b.s.)
Update: Ah, integrity. First "Project Logic" deletes about 50 comments for "personal attacks" and for anonymous postings, postings including "personal attacks" or those which "came from the same IP Address while having different names signed to them." Then, when people continue to point out the bullshit, the post itself is simply deleted, without an admission that it was proven to be demonstrably false. Here's a personal attack for you:
Update: Project Logic wrote this after deleting the post. "As for the contents of the post, there's an ongoing debate as to where the mix-up came from, assuming it was inaccurate." Then, when it was pointed out in comments that that was a cop-out, comments were shut down.