It's time for Mark Kirk to apologize
The man is saying he served in Iraqi Freedom when he, well, didn't.
Who says? The Navy.
I called up the Navy Office of Information and left a message. Unlike the half dozen calls I've made to Matt Towson, the press secretary for Mark Kirk (847.940.0202), the Office of Information actually got back to me. I spoke to a very helpful Ms. Van. After explaining the situation to her -- without naming names -- she agreed with me that there is no way Mark Kirk should be claiming to have served in Iraqi Freedom. She actually laughed when I said that he could be claiming his weekend drill periods and two-week annual training at the Pentagon as meeting that requirement.
Ms. Van's bemused final answer? "Someone would have had to serve in Iraq to have served in Iraqi Freedom."
Update: Because this post was linked recently (May 31, 2010), I felt it important to point out that the date on this post is correct. I began noticing falsehoods in Kirk's claims about his career in 2005. My most recent post on the number of BS claims Kirk has made is here.