In defense of Mark Kirk
Mr. Kirk, of course, has been under increasing scrutiny for falsely suggesting that he was named the naval intelligence officer of the year, commanded the Pentagon's war room, came under fire while deployed abroad, and declaring he learned about the impact of guns while teaching at a British prep school for a year and at an Upstate New York nursery school.That's incorrect. Pentagon officials did say Kirk violated restrictions against politicking while on active duty, but those activities took place in the U.S.--while on training in preparation for his two-week stint in Afghanistan and while on duty in the Pentagon.
In addition, a Pentagon official has said Mr. Kirk improperly engaged in political activities -- media interviews and Tweets -- while deployed overseas.
I have been very careful in my claims about Kirk's actions. I find it disappointing that I don't see the same care in the "professional" media.