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Mark Kirk called a military imposter

January 8, 2010

U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says Mark Kirk “shamelessly exaggerates” his military role. Martin says Kirk tries to dress up congressional visits as “fighting” and “tours of duty.” “Kirk is a complete nut case,” Martin says. “Once again we see the media lying to voters about who Mark Kirk really is. Every veteran should be outraged at the way Mark Kirk tries to make a joke of the chain of command.”

U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says Mark Kirk is a “military masquerader”

Martin says that news media broadcast Kirk’s lies about his “service” because the media is promoting liberal Republican Kirk

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Andy Martin says Mark Kirk exaggerates and misrepresents his military activity and is a disgrace to the U. S. Navy

Martin says junior officers on “duty” do not tell generals how to win wars after a few hours “in country”

(CHICAGO)(January 8, 2010) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will hold Springfield and Peoria news conferences today, Friday January 8th, to accuse Mark Kirk of being a “military masquerader.”

“Mark Kirk holds a reserve commission in the Navy,” Martin says. “That’s where reality ends and Mark Kirk’s lies begin.

“Proof of Kirk’s misrepresentations is hard to come by because he avoids public contact and meets in secret with powerful lobbyists and business interests. But Thursday the curtain was pulled back by NBC News, and the result was shocking:

“When a reserve officer is actually ‘on duty’ or ‘serving a tour of duty,’ as Kirk claims he was, that officer is subject to the strict military chain of command. Any veteran knows that. I hold an Honorable Discharge from the USAF reserves although I was not on active duty. Junior officers know their place.

“What does Kirk say he did in Afghanistan? According to NBC News, Kirk says he ‘came up with a number of recommendations that I gave to Gen. McChrystal.’ In other words, junior officer Kirk was meeting with and telling military expert general McChrystal how to fight McChrystal’s war. Hello? A few hours after arriving in Afghanistan? Kirk knew more and better than the general?

“This is Kirk’s idea of ‘service’ and ‘active duty?’ Telling the generals what to do after arriving in that country a few hours earlier? Kirk’s behavior is a sickening spectacle and abuse of the Navy. Kirk is a military imposter who tries to misrepresent what he does.

“Senators and Representatives go on inspection tours all the time. That kind of oversight is entirely appropriate and constitutional. But it is not constitutional or proper military etiquette for a congressman to claim he is ‘serving’ as a junior officer ‘on a tour of duty’ when in fact he is using his congressional position to tell the general how to fight the war. The idea that Kirk knew more about the war than the general, a few hours after Kirk arrived there, is an example of Kirk’s megalomania.

“Kirk has been engaging in these charades for years. He claims to have ‘fought’ in several wars. His political brochures display him in a flight suit (hello George Bush?). Yesterday he told the Associated Press he was ‘fighting’ in Afghanistan last week. Does a congressman telling the general how to ‘fight’ qualify as ‘fighting?’ Obviously not. The Associated Press and Sun-Times printed sheer nonsense:,mark-kirk-gay-ad-response-010710.article

“Only in Mark Kirk’s vivid imagination is what he did in Afghanistan last week ‘fighting.’ His shameless exaggeration and gross misrepresentation devalues the real fighting being done by real warriors to fight terrorism.

“Kirk is either a pathological liar, or a crass politician who has contempt for both the public and the media, or one of the great military imposters of all time. Real veterans and real officers and enlisted men should be outraged by Kirk’s perversion of the chain of command to promote his political campaign. The sad thing is that if Kirk told the truth–that he went on a congressional inspection visit–he would be well within his right to do so. In other words, Kirk invents lies to flatter himself, when the truth would be a respectable explanation for his activity. Such inflational behavior is a sign of Kirk’s mental illness. He has to lie because the truth is not big enough for him. He is playing games with reality when he says he was ‘serving’ as a junior officer and telling general McChrystal how to fight the war.

“Any veteran who pauses to reflect on how Kirk manipulates his reserve status to falsely claim he is ‘fighting’ and serving ‘on duty’ when he is merely on a congressional trip, would be sickened at the way Kirk is misusing our brave men and women as political props for his campaign,” Martin charges.

“I love our flag and I was proud to serve, and all of us are indebted to our brave men and women who serve the cause of freedom 24/7. But Mark Kirk is a disgrace to the Navy and a disgrace to himself. He is a Walter Mitty ‘warrior’ and nothing more. He needs to see a doctor.”


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Andy Martin on “The Obama Implosion” in Afghanistan

December 3, 2009

U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says Barack Obama’s Afghanistan “policy” is a “political agenda, not a military agenda”

Martin says Obama is going to waste tens of billions of dollars and endanger American lives, all to accomplish nothing

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Andy Martin says Barack Obama’s “surge” in Afghanistan is a political agenda, not a military blueprint

(CHICAGO)(December 2, 2009) The Obama “implosion” has begun. After laboring mightily for months, Barack Obama has brought forth a “mouse” of an Afghanistan “policy.” Obama’s approach is not just mistaken; it is monstrously wrong and flies in the face of decades of military experience with counterinsurgency.

What Obama has produced is not a military policy but rather a political timetable to immunize himself from a liberal challenger in the 2012 primary election process. Obama would start “withdrawing” in Afghanistan just as candidates start filing for the 2012 presidential primaries.

In my book, “Obama: the Man behind The Mask,” I assembled a psychological profile of Obama. My conclusion was that under stress, Obama would eventually crack. He’s cracked.

Sending thirty thousand men and women to Afghanistan for 18 months, supporting them with tens of billions of dollars borrowed from China, and then arbitrarily withdrawing them is not just wrong, it’s damn wrong.

If I were advising the Taliban, I’d say “Go on vacation and come back in 24 months. The Americans will be gone and we can take over the country with a minimum of military action.”

My 2007 psychological profile predicted that Obama was capable of retreating into and living in his own delusional world. Obama seems to think his “speech” is going to make Al Qaeda and the Taliban do what he wants, not what they want.

Tuesday night Obama said “our resolve [is] unwavering.” Unwavering for 18 months that is. Then he “unwaivers” us right out of the country. A great guy to have on your side.

Obama’s “policy” is built on the fiction that our men and women can create a viable Afghan military force in 18 months. He further pretends he can “secure” population centers and build confidence in the central government.

What does president Barry O think Afghans are? Morons? They may not be educated, but they are not stupid. They are not so dumb they are going to give their loyalty to a military program that has already announced in advance that the protective force is leaving in 18 months. Americans may have been dumb enough to vote for Obama. I predict Afghans are a lot smarter than Americans. They are going to “vote” with their feet, and avoid Obama’s protection.

The unstable situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a threat to the United States. We have legitimate interests there to protect. But why do we have to take on the whole load? What happened to Obama’s buddies in Europe? They left the table when the waiter left the tab. They left the bill for Obama to pay. Hs “friends” were very fleeting in their “support” of their savior.

Some Republicans will grasp at straws and suggest the 18-month surge will work. Don’t be fooled. Pseudo military types such as Mark Kirk may look at public opinion and decide to say “rah, rah” if Kirk thinks it will bring him votes in February. Kirk is a bogus military man who has been pretending for years, decades indeed, to be an “intelligence” officer and “warrior.” He is neither. Kirk’s record on military matters is a disaster, an embarrassment, an utter failure.

But this is one time when politics should be out of the question.

I am saddened to say that this is one time radical liberal Michael Moore has the better of the argument. Obama is going to make Joe Biden look wise by comparison. In 18 months, when the roof caves in and Afghanistan collapses, Obama’s opponents are going to look like wise men.

The “surge” in Iraq and the surge in Afghanistan are fundamentally different. George Bush committed more men, but he did so without a rigid timetable for withdrawal. Moreover the years of American occupation had given the United States working control of Iraq. Finally, Iraq did have a military tradition and cadre of soldiers who had actually been part of organized units. In other words, when Bush “surged,” he was surging into a vastly different situation than Afghanistan.

In Iraq, Saddam was the enemy. In Afghanistan, we are the enemy. We are propping up the corrupt dictatorship of Hamid Karzai.

Americans are tired of war in Afghanistan? What do we think Afghans feel? They are not tired? Of course they are. Afghans are going to see the 18-month surge as nothing more than the death rattle of the Bush-Obama policy. They will hunker down and hold on for 18 months, when Obama cuts and runs on the eve of the primary election season for 2012.

We can now see the consistent pattern in Obama foreign policy: where Obama confronts strength, such as in China, he projects weakness. Where Obama thinks he can project “strength,” he untimely imposes weakness on our strategy.

Military men are trained to work with a “can do” attitude so they will try to make Obama’s harebrained scheme work. But the Obama “plan” is dead-on-arrival in Afghanistan, with Afghans.

Here’s how we can save tens of billions of dollars.

First, stop the insanity of sending an army twenty thousand miles to the end of the world, only to recall the force in 18 months. That’s just plain stupid.

Second, acknowledge that we messed up in Afghanistan.

Third, tell Karzai he should train his own forces and protect his own cities: now, not in 18 months. Why is it that Afghans have been the “graveyard of empires” but suddenly they are helpless children that can’t defend their own land from internal enemies?

Fourth, transition expeditiously to a CIA/Special operations-based approach to resolving issues in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Fifth, work towards bipartisan support for a new paradigm in our war against terror.

Republicans? This is not 1994. This is 1996. Obama is wandering into a war he can’t understand and can’t control, and it is going to blow up in his face, the same way Viet-Nam decimated the Democrats in 1966 and led to election of a Republican president two years later.

Democrats in Congress are not stupid. They know Obama is signing their political death arrant with his crazy “policy” in Afghanistan.

Obama is about to fight a war on terror all right, a real war on terror, a war on terror waged by his own party against the Obama battle strategy in Afghanistan. My bet: Congress wins and Obama loses, even if the congress grudgingly votes to provide additional funds on a very temporary basis.

BOTTOM LINE: Obama’s policy is no policy at all. He has announced a strategy for surrender, and he is trying to mask his surrender in a “surge” that is nothing of the sort. Better to keep the men and women home, and avoid borrowing money from China for a goofy expedition in Afghanistan.

It’s a sad day for this country when Michael Moore and Joe Biden make more sense than the man in the White House. But they do. There is no way the civilian population of Afghanistan is going to rally to the American side with advance notice than we are departing in 18 months. How dumb does Obama think Afghans are? As dumb as the Americans that voted to make him “Surrender In Chief?”

A PERSONAL NOTE: I first went to Afghanistan over thirty years ago, entering western Afghanistan from Mesahd, Iran and linking up with the anti-Soviet mujahadeen.

A SCARY CLOSING NOTE: It’s a good thing Obama was not in command of World War II. Obama’s policy would have been to land on D-Day, and then immediately announce we would also start withdrawing in a few months. The Third Reich would still be in power today if Obama had been in the White House in 1944.

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