PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER EYES DEPARTURE FROM MILITARY …
|| By FITSNEWS || U.S. senator Lindsey Graham is reportedly preparing to leave the military … although as he’s made it abundantly clear he’s not about to stop sending other people into harm’s way at the drop of a hat.
The warmongering presidential prospect – a colonel in the U.S. Air Force reserve – is expected to announce his decision sometime prior to June 1. Graham served in the Air Force from 1982-89, when he joined the S.C. Air National Guard. Six years later, he joined the Air Force reserve – where he has served for the past twenty years.
Two year ago (almost to the day), this website published an explosive report detailing Graham’s military hypocrisy. While campaigning for Congress (and on his official website as a then-member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the mid- to late 1990s), Graham repeatedly referred to himself as “an Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran.” He also repeatedly referred to himself as a “Gulf War veteran.”
These claims went unchallenged until February 1998, when The Hill published a story about Graham’s fitness to sit in judgment of then-President Bill Clinton – who at the time was facing impeachment for lying about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Graham’s problem? He was not a Desert Shield veteran, nor was he a Desert Storm veteran – nor was he a Gulf War veteran.
“While real soldiers were shipping off to fight in these engagements, Graham was a military lawyer whose closest brush with death came in preparing the wills of departing military personnel,” we wrote at the time. “Not only did he never see any action, he never even left South Carolina.”
Graham’s response? That he never “intended” to lie.
“I have not told anybody I’m a combatant,” he said. “I’m not a war hero, and never said I was. I never intended to lie. If I have lied about my military record, I’m not fit to serve in Congress.”
We agree … he’s not fit. And his dangerous war games have made our nation less safe.
We’re sure Graham’s announcement will be greeted by all sorts of praise for his “service.” And he will no doubt remind us how he “has the military’s back.”
In fact we suspect it will be a media and public relations coup for the aspiring national candidate …
Just know the truth: This guy got elected by lying about being a soldier, and has stayed in office by exploiting the blood and treasure of an empire now decidedly on the down slope of history.