Jean's lie outs a fellow Republican
Service in the United states during the GWOT qualifies you as being able to wear the GWOT Service Medal, which does not mean you served "in" Iraqi Freedom. Those who served "in" Iraqi Freedom, as I pointed out before (and the White House website says), are qualified to wear the GWOT Expeditionary Medal or the Iraq Campaign Medal. In other words, Kirk no more served in OIF than I did while serving in Afghanistan.
Here's the truth on Kirk's campaign site (Click photos for larger images.):
Here's the, um, shall we say, "distortion" on his House site:
Update: NO NO NO! The
Kirk of Illinois served in OIF, though not in the country of Iraq, and has never said otherwise, based on a discussion just completed with him. Contrary to other commenters here, Kirk is NOT lying.Look. It's simple. The soldiers guarding the airports can't call themselves veterans of Iraqi Freedom. The soldiers who served with me in Afghanistan can't call themselves veterans of Iraqi Freedom. Only people who served "in country" in Iraq are Iraqi Freedom vets. It's that simple.
Update: Let's also note that Iraqi Freedom isn't mentioned in this May 4, 2005, press release from Kirk's office:
During a White House Ceremony Wednesday, President Bush officially promoted Lieutenant Commander Mark Kirk, United States Naval Reserves, to the rank of Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve in what the Navy calls a frocking ceremony.Yes, do contact him.
Joining Kirk at the ceremony was his wife, Kimberly (a former naval officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy), his mother Judith Reeve, stepfather Robert Reeve, father Frank Kirk and stepmother Beverly Kirk.
"It is an honor and a privilege to stand before the Commander-in-Chief in the Oval Office and be a part of this special ceremony," said Kirk. "I am grateful that my wife and family were able to witness this memorable occasion."
Congressman Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) is the only member of Congress drilling regularly as a naval reserve officer. Originally commissioned in 1989, Kirk served as part of a squadron flying the EA-6B Prowler electronic aircraft in the skies over Kosovo during Operation Allied Force and over Iraq during Operation Northern Watch. Kirk currently serves one weekend a month and two weeks a year as the Assistant Deputy Director for Intelligence in the National Military Joint Intelligence Center for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Kirk's military experience has helped him serve his constituents well where the Navy has spent over $1 billion in new construction at Naval Station Great Lakes and plans the construction of a new joint Navy/VA hospital to be built in North Chicago.
Contact: Matt Towson, 847/940-0202, 773/454-5396.