In an explosive exposé, Internet powerhouse Andy Martin reveals Congressman Mark Kirk has falsely claimed to be a “combat veteran” in “two armies.” Martin exposes Kirk as a “Walter Mitty warrior,” who is the latest descendent of the legendary military fraud [Senator] “Tail Gunner Joe” McCarthy.
Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin says Mark Kirk dishonors America’s combat veterans by falsely claiming to have served “in combat”
Martin says that Kirk’s exaggerations disqualify him as a candidate for the U. S. Senate
ANDY MARTIN /2010
Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ANDY MARTIN CALLS MARK KIRK A “WALTER MITTY WARRIOR”
"MARK KIRK IS A MAN WHO DISHONORS AMERICA’S MILITARY PERSONNEL BY FALSELY CLAIMING TO BE A ‘COMBAT VETERAN’ AND USES THE LIVES OF MILITARY PERSONNEL AS A PHOTO OP FOR HIS OWN POLITICAL PARASITISM," MARTIN CHARGES
MARTIN SAYS THAT ANYONE WHO HAS SERVED IN A COMBAT UNIT IN THE MILITARY SHOULD DISOWN KIRK BECAUSE OF THE WAY KIRK EXAGGERATES AND MISREPRESENTS HIS MILITARY SERVICE
ANDY MARTIN CALLS MARK KIRK A MODERN VERSION OF THE POLITICAL FRAUD “TAIL GUNNER JOE”
ANDY SAYS “KIRKIE” IS A “COMBAT IMPOSTER” WHO OWES EVERY GENUINE COMBAT VETERAN AN APOLOGY
(CHICAGO)(July 21, 2009) Mark Kirk is a bigger liar than his real hero, Barack Obama. He is a bigger liar than “Slick Willie” Clinton. Neither Kirk nor Obama lied by falsely claiming to be a “combat veteran.”
Mark Kirk dishonors America’s combat veterans by falsely claiming to be one of them.
First, my own military background. I took the oath of enlistment in the U S Air Force Reserve as part of the commissioning program of the ROTC at the University of Illinois. I later received an Honorable Discharge and did not serve on active duty. My serial number was AF16821011. If anyone wants to see my military records, just ask, and I will sign a Freedom of Information waiver so you can ask to see them at the Department of Defense. Unlike Mark Kirk, I have nothing to hide.
I was in Viet-Nam in 1967, 1968 and 1971. Also in Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. As well as Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Hong Kong and other places. In 2003 I spent a good part of the year in Iraq living in Baghdad.
But despite the fact that I have dodged bullets, mortar shells and worse, and that these memories are very vivid, I would never call myself a “combat veteran.” I was not on active duty with a combat MOS.
War is an experience beyond imagination, except, apparently in the fertile imagination of Mark Kirk who falsely claims to have served in “two armies.” Battle is gut-wrenching. Fear numbs the body almost to the point of death. Our men in Afghanistan today are going through experiences that are beyond belief. Mark Kirk dishonors all of them by falsely claiming to be their equal. If Kirk ever showed his face in a real war zone, and bragged about his bogus service in “two armies,” the men would spit on him.
Iraq was no different. Danger was everywhere for men and women in uniform. I lived in Baghdad during the relatively tranquil period in 2003; my intelligence analysis of the coming catastrophe proved prescient. My analysis of how to win, by supporting the surge, ran contrary to Kirk’s vote AGAINST the surge. Some “intelligence officer,” that Kirk. No wonder we were losing until real warriors took control in Iraq.
At the end of the day, I have known fear, in the company of brave men. Kirk has not. His “fighting” in “two armies” is a delusion and fabrication. He is unfit to be a candidate for the U. S. Senate.
Yesterday, in announcing he wanted to be a U. S. Senator, Mark Kirk dishonored every American serving in harm's way today. He dishonored genuine combat veterans who gave their lives, were wounded or felt the aftermath of stress from exposure to life-threatening conditions. Mark Kirk is a despicable political phony.
I was first alerted to Kirk’s imaginary military role by a column in the Rockford Register Star by Chuck Sweeny (well-spotted Chuck), and then saw the reference again in the daily compendium of Democratic Party operative Rich Miller.
I began to dig deeper into the demented mind and imaginary battle record of Field Marshal Mark Kirk, “combat veteran” of “two armies.”
Kirk stated at his announcement yesterday that “We’ve sent three armies to the Middle East and I’ve fought in two of them. As combat veterans, we get to ask…”
Mark Kirk was never “in combat.” He has never “fought” in any “army” and he is not a "combat veteran.”
On the contrary, Kirk has constantly used and abused his military service as a photo op for his own political career.
One of Kirk’s shameless exaggerations is that he is the first congressman to “deploy” to a combat zone since World war II, apparently since that great World War II “combat veteran,” President Lyndon Johnson, who was Kirk’s alleged predecessor in “warfare.” That apparently is the basis of the claim he is a “combat veteran."
Kirk serves in the Navy Reserves. Reservists are a vital component of our national defense. Kirk is not.
Last year Kirk asked the Pentagon to assign him to active duty for a few weeks as part of a publicity campaign for his political career. He was never in a line company or unit; he never had a combat MOS and he was never in harm’s way. He may have been in “Afghanistan” for a few days, but he was not in any more risk of “combat” there than he is in Kenilworth. Kirk was pampered by military handlers every minute that he was in his imaginary “combat zone.”
Congressmen are often invited to review operations in war zones. I saw them in Viet-Nam and I saw them in Iraq. By no means were these congressional excursions “combat experience.” Visiting a war zone briefly does not place them in “combat” or make them “combat veterans.” Maybe John McCain, who is a real combat hero, should have a talk with the man he supposedly endorsed and explain to Kirkie the difference between being in combat and merely being in a war zone.
Mark Kirk is the 2009 equivalent of that great political fraud (and also a Republican) [Senator]“Tail Gunner Joe” McCarthy.
The only place where Mark Kirk is rumored to be a “tail gunner” is in the salons of Washington, DC (more on that Kirk scandal, later).
If Mark Kirk wants to see real combat veterans, not paper maché imposters such as himself, he should visit our military cemeteries in Normandy.
A few weeks ago we learned that a “Colorado combat veteran” was also a political fraud. People condemned his imaginary military record. http://www.military.com/news/article/phony-combat-vet-is-freed.html He is a compatriot of Mark Kirk.
Lots of people serve in the military without being “in combat,” as Kirk falsely claims. Kirk has worn a uniform. But merely wearing a uniform in wartime does not make you a combat veteran. People peel potatoes; they sit in rooms studying intelligence (which appears to be Kirk’s desk-based assignment) and they engage in non-combatant roles in a combat zone.
The distinction between men who serve in battle, and are entitled to be called combat veterans, and military personnel who serve in a war zone but do not engage in combat or carry a combat MOS, is a very serious one for military veterans.
In Viet-Nam, we used to call the military personnel in Saigon “Saigon commandoes” because they claimed to be war heroes, but were actually eating out at fancy restaurants, living in apartments with bar girls and using mamasans to do their laundry. There were no ”Saigon Commandoes” at Khe Sanh or Con Tien.
Throughout history, combat veterans have been exalted because they placed their lives on the line for their nations. Warriors have been honored for risking their lives, not for seeking to promote themselves politically the way Mark Kirk has inflated his military experience. I have known brave warriors, many of them. I still remember the name of the first Fighting Illini who died in Viet-Nam: Bruce Capel. We remember these men to honor their service and sacrifice. Forever.
Mark Kirk is not one of these brave warriors. He is no “combat veteran.” He is a fraud, imposter and disgrace to the Republican Party. Kirk has shamed and demeaned the uniform he wears by using it to propagandize politically.
If there is anything real combat veterans despise, it is a political parasite such as Mark Kirk who inflates his military service.
Bob Hope probably had more combat experience than Mark Kirk.
Mark Kirk owes every genuine combat veteran an apology. He should stop lying abut his military record, the same way he lies about his “wife” and his personal life.
Mark Kirk is a total phony. But now we know why he is Barack Obama’s favorite Republican and votes with the Democrats. Kirk’s entire life is a lie. The mainstream media and “Beltway Republicans” are trying to shove Mark Kirk down the throats of Illinois Republicans. They will not succeed.
We are going to defeat the mainstream media right here in Illinois.
February 2, 2010 is when ordinary Main Street, mainstream Americans, begin the battle to regain control of our national government and to throw out political parasites and bogus “combat veterans” such as Mark Kirk. I will be a genuine “veteran” of that battle, and so will every honorable Illinoisan who joins me in retiring Mark Kirk on February 2, 2010, the pretend warrior and pretend senate candidate.
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie "Obama: The Hawai'i years." Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of www.ContrarianCommentary.com. Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York. UPDATES: www.twitter.com/AndyMartinUSAwww.facebook.com/AndyMartin Andy's columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. [NOTE: We frequently correct typographical errors and additions/subtractions on our blogs, where you can find the latest edition of this release.] MEDIA CONTACT: (866) 706-2639 or CELL (917) 664-9329 (cell not always on)E-MAIL: AndyMart20@aol.com © Copyright by Andy Martin 2009.