Thursday, June 03, 2010

Wow.

Has Mark Kirk ever told the truth about his military service?
Here's Mark Kirk, writing a constituent:
It is time to break the boom and bust cycle of high gas prices and the need to deploy three separate armies to the Middle East (Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom). As you may know, I am a veteran of the Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom missions.
Kirk served in Desert Storm? He's proud enough of that letter that he posted it on his official House site. But, it's not technically true.
And, as I've pointed out before, Kirk's two-week trips to Afghanistan do not qualify him as a "veteran" of Enduring Freedom. If he can't claim the "Afghanistan Campaign Medal," he can't claim to be a veteran. Who can receive the medal?
The decoration is awarded to any member of the U.S. military who has performed duty within the borders of Afghanistan (or its airspace) for a period of thirty consecutive days or sixty non-consecutive days.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently he just apologized for some stuff. I haven't seen the video yet, but according to AP he acknowledged that his staff had claimed that he had been in a reconnaisaince plane that dodged enemy fire, but "there is no record of that."

What a weasel. Don't you remember? Is there any record in your memory of riding in an airplane and watching puffs of smoke from flak or lines of tracers sweeping across the sky? How about SAMs? No?

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hilarious. I watched some of the interview and he said that he found the award problem because of an internal staff review (which we already know is a lie), that has been continuing, and just today "we found that we had sent a letter saying I had served in Desert Storm"....

You know where Kirk's staff "found" that letter? Published on the front page of the Daily Kos.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Kirk claims he "flew missions in March and April of 2000 over Northern Iraq". I'll presume that's true. But how many missions? Theoretically, he could have flown as an observer on March 26th and then again on April 3rd and that was it.

6:22 PM  

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