If you're just tuning in...
- Mark Kirk is mentioned in an attack against Paul Hackett.
- It becomes clear it's a lie he went to Iraq.
- I called the Navy for clarification. They said he was full of it.
- I explain why it matters that he lied.
- Mark Kirk changes his website, more than 50 days after I first called.
- The Blumenthal issue makes me question how Kirk got away scot free? Also, I begin to question Kirk's claim he "deployed" to Afghanistan. Also, I call Chris Matthews staff, who refuse to call me back, despite the fact Matthews was willing to suggest Blumenthal was insane.
- More on the Kirk's claims to have deployed. The Intelligence Officer of the Year Award issue starts to break, driven by the blog Ellen of the Tenth.
- The Washington Post begins to ask about the award, but I provide more questions about Kirk's service.
- Proof that Kirk's claims to have "deployed" to Afghanistan are false.
- It all starts to break.
Update: Also, let me add this. I have the utmost respect for the work Mark Kirk actually did as a Navy Reserve intel officer. The fitness reports he's released are those of a talented, diligent officer and he has nothing to apologize for vis-a-vis his work. My quarrel is with those things he did not do, but claimed to have done. He claimed to have won an award he didn't. He did not deploy to Iraq, but claimed to be a veteran of Iraqi Freedom. He claimed to have deployed to Afghanistan when he used his connections to spend two weeks in 2008 and 2009 in Afghanistan, which does not meet the Navy's definition of "deployment" and, in my view, mocks those who spent six to eighteen months in combat zones.
There are more personal attacks on Mark Kirk out there, but I refuse to discuss them or link to them. Mark Kirk's personal life is his own and none of our business.
Again, I have the utmost respect for his service. If he had the same kind of respect for it I do, in fact, he might not have had to lie about it.