National Politics - 2016

More On Lindsey Graham’s “Military Service”

WASHINGTON POST REPORT BLASTS SENATOR’S WARTIME RECORD … || By FITSNEWS || This website has written repeatedly about U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina’s “military service.” Or rather the lack thereof … To read our latest post exposing this self-serving scam, click here. This week Graham’s military career is the focus of…

WASHINGTON POST REPORT BLASTS SENATOR’S WARTIME RECORD …

|| By FITSNEWS || This website has written repeatedly about U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina’s “military service.”

Or rather the lack thereof …

To read our latest post exposing this self-serving scam, click here.

This week Graham’s military career is the focus of a much bigger story – in The Washington Post.  According to reporter Craig Whitlock, the 2016 presidential candidate received numerous promotions he didn’t deserve and boasted of duties he never performed.

(Oh, and all this is in addition to his previous tall tales).

From the report …

Graham is running as a ­national-security hawk, calling himself a “battle-tested leader” with “a lifetime of military service.” Images of him wearing camouflage in the field are a common thread in his campaign.

But a detailed examination of Graham’s military record — much of it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act — shows that the Air Force afforded him special treatment as a lawmaker, granting him the privileges of rank with few expectations in return.

During his first decade in Congress, the Air Force promoted Graham twice even though documents in his military personnel file reveal that he did little or no work. Later, the Pentagon gave the military lawyer a job assignment in the Air Force Reserve that he highlighted in his biography for several years but never performed.

Wow …

Graham told Whitlock he would put his military record “up against anybody who’s ever served.”

“I don’t mean to pat myself on the back, but I was one hell of a judge advocate,” he said.

Really?

From Whitlock’s report:

From 2006 until the start of this year, Graham’s official biographies stated that he worked as a senior instructor at the Judge Advocate General’s School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., the training hub for the service’s legal corps. That description has been cited in virtually all news coverage of Graham’s military career.

In fact, Air Force officials said they had no record of Graham teaching any courses on behalf of the school or even visiting it during that period.

Other uniformed lawyers said Graham’s assignment was widely perceived as a no-show job granted to a politician with whom the Air Force brass was eager to curry favor.

“It was kind of an open joke among people, that he was supposed to be a senior instructor here but he never taught any classes,” said an active-duty Air Force lawyer who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation. “Clearly, the rules didn’t apply to him.”

Ouch …

Graham is polling at less than one percent nationally – and his White House bid is currently polling in seventh place in his home state, supported by just 4.9 percent of South Carolina “Republican” voters.

In response to the Post article, Graham spokesman Christian Ferry released a fundraising appeal claiming his boss was the victim of a “political hit job.”

“Using anonymous sources and salacious headlines, The Washington Post ignored the truth of Senator Graham’s honorable service in the United States Air Force,” Ferry wrote.  “The Post did not highlight the glowing, on the record comments from Senator Graham’s senior officers who described Senator Graham as ‘a national treasure.'”

Ferry went on to say the article was “journalism at its worst” and more of “what we have come to expect from the mainstream media against Republican candidates.”

Really?  Last time we checked Graham was no more a “Republican” than he was a soldier …

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55 comments

General 1 August 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Look into AG Wilson’s service, Congressman Wilson service, Mark Sanford’s service. They all got similar treatment and they all were promoted quickly.

Look at that nitwit Michael haley. Geez.

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Victorious Secret August 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Heard he was out . . . or at least resigned his AGR tour.

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nitrat August 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Who is ‘he’?

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Victorious Secret August 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Michael Haley. Sorry….I now see the ambiguity I created.

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Bible Thumper August 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

He spent a month in Indiana and the balance of the year in Helmand province, Afghanistan. I don’t see how anyone could knock that. Have any of you been to Indiana?

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Rocky August 4, 2015 at 1:22 pm

I have. The downtown mall in Indianapolis is a real sweet spot. Also, St. Elmo’s Steak house. They have this shrimp cocktail sauce that clears your nose.

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flip August 4, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Went to the Final Four and ate there. Takes about one month’s Obamacare insurance premium to pay the bill after oysters and dinner.

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Rocky August 4, 2015 at 1:35 pm

I just remember I had to walk a couple of miles that night to get to where I felt comfortable again. Portions just too big.

Same 'ol Same 'ol August 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Downtown’s nice, Yankee memorial I could do without, lol. Gatsby’s is a great bar.

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Norman Dale August 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Indiana is a beautiful state with a conservative governor that is NOT a lying,opportunistic slut.

Yea, I have been there.

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Mandingo August 4, 2015 at 7:57 pm

At least our lying, opportunistic slut is hot…..ah those teeth and the hooker boots!

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Mike at the Beach August 4, 2015 at 11:43 pm

True enough, but there are lots mo’ Indiana license plates wandering around in SC than there are SC plates wandering around in Indiana. Just sayin’…

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Buddy Miles August 4, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Although not directly, didn’t his efforts in Afghanistan trickle down to more poppy production?

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CIA loves the drug trade.

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Asstounded August 5, 2015 at 6:22 am

Hey, Lyin’Joe Wilson, I’m still getting those commercial robocalls while I’m on the federal do not call list. Have you un-sucked the Koch brothers long enough to look into that, insread of their buttholes, yet?

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Do not call August 6, 2015 at 7:22 am

You do know those robocalls have political exemptions/loopholes right? As long as it has a “number” on caller ID they still can call. That’s not Joes fault, any one republicans, or any one democrats, that’s juts the full systems fault. There was never going to be a 100% total do not call list or else the pollsters couldn’t call to do useless polls so the politicians found their loophole. so don’t just blame lying Joe, blame lying Obama, lying Bush, lying Clinton, or in other words blame them all.

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Do not call August 6, 2015 at 7:28 am

more on that. a quote from the website as to the loophole

“Your organization does not engage in any “telemarketing” or “telephone solicitation” activities, as defined by the FTC and FCC, respectively. For example, survey calls and political polling calls are not covered by the definition of “telemarketing” or “telephone solicitations.” An organization that places ONLY these types of calls may be an Exempt Organization”

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CNSYD August 4, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Did Graham promote himself? The questions on his promotions should be answered by the AF not Graham.

Still waiting on Folks to detail his military service since he criticizes the service of others.

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Will Folks aka Sic August 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Right, because today’s US military is all about fighting for freedom … the freedom of Boeing/ Northrup Grumman/ Halliburton et. al. to continue making MAD bank.

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Victorious Secret August 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

I don’t disagree with most of this.

That said, the military has a long history of creating flexible circumstances for all public figures. This is absolutely, 100% no different than any other politician that also serves in the military. Every single one of them has a peculiar set of rules that allows them to “wear both hats.”

Thus, while I understand how the average civilian could feel compelled to poke fun at the ambiguity, I’m telling you this is par for the course for every single state or federal public interest figure. Ergo, your “lack of participation” in the service further highlights your ignorance on the fact that Graham is no different than any other.

(Of final note, I detest the guy and disagree with him on 99% of the issues. Therefore, I do not defend him at all. I’m simply pointing out your hypocrisy on attempting to “poke” at his lack of service)

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CNSYD August 4, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Look up the word hypocrisy in the dictionary and you will find Will Folks’ picture next to it.

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CNSYD August 4, 2015 at 1:54 pm

So this is your “explanation” for why you didn’t serve? Saying it is flimsy would be giving it too much credit.

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Shot in the Back August 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm

hey will are you going to write about the unarmed teenager who got shot in the back by police in the update last week?

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Dr. Finger August 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm

Time for your enema old man.

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CNSYD August 4, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Why? Haven’t you eaten already?

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Victorious Secret August 4, 2015 at 12:47 pm

“This website has written repeatedly about U.S. Senator Lindsey Grahamof South Carolina’s “military service.”

Or rather the lack thereof …”

-The man who has completed no military service

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easterndumbfuckistan August 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm

It’s all covered in the book. Charge of the Light (in the Loafer) Brigade.

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shifty henry August 4, 2015 at 1:34 pm

10+

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dwb619 August 4, 2015 at 10:41 pm

OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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tim August 5, 2015 at 4:48 pm

I was gonna tell a gay joke, butt f#ck it.

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erneba August 4, 2015 at 1:03 pm

I thought I recently saw a picture of Graham in his uniform with the insignia of a full bird Colonel. To be advanced from O-5 to O-6 usually requires extra training and military courses that Graham has never availed himself. I am guessing that the Air Force promoted him based on his track record on defense and his influence in the future.
It has been a long time since I have been in the military, and things could have changed.

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MashPotato August 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm

It was his advocacy and defense of the F-35.

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Rocky August 4, 2015 at 1:14 pm

These people are just jealous because Lindsey is just such a damned good dresser, a real southern Gentile Man

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erneba August 4, 2015 at 1:16 pm

“…who described Senator Graham as ‘a national treasure’…”
With great influence and sway in seeing how fund are spent coming out of the ‘national treasury.’

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Tom August 4, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Who cares?

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Luke August 4, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Hey, FITS, why not go after “MARINE” John Courson? He talks about it as if he was a MARINE all of his life, wears it on his shirts & sleeve. But, methinks the closest this peckerhead ever got to “real ” Marines was when he had to go thru basis training at PI. I also believe he did this was to preclude him for serving in the hot, rainy, humid jungles of ‘NAM’. He, like Bill Clinton and others of their ilk ought to be ashamed of themselves. But, shameless, they are.

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Jack August 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm

It’s still more than Hillary has, or Obama did for that matter. Its a dead issue and you are just stirring up trouble

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vicupstate August 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Typical nut job response.

Neither Hillary or Obama ever CLAIMED to have served in the military, and never got favorable treatment from the military based on political considerations.

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Scooter August 4, 2015 at 7:36 pm

Now, now, she did land in Sarajevo under heavy fire. How soon we forget.

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jack August 4, 2015 at 7:47 pm

no Hillary just got powerful because her husband got a blow job.

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Lowcountry is better August 5, 2015 at 10:36 am

Typical leftwing dumbacrat retarded reply. Is this the same Hillary that CLAIMED to be a typical average American all the while trying to deflect she is in fact in the 1%? Or the same Hilary that couldn’t win where she actually lived so she “moved” to New York where a bunch of idiots would vote her to be a Senator? Or the same Hillary the CLAIMED she has nothing to hide (or “what difference does it make” (actual quote by her) yet destroyed thousand and thousands of emails at the same time so they could be verified or read by off of her illegal server? Are we talking about the same Hillary or is yours made up?

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Wilhelm von Winkelstein August 4, 2015 at 1:42 pm

He should have been in Washington last night to vote on defunding PP.

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i wouldnt have been there eith August 4, 2015 at 2:03 pm

they couldnt whip the votes. he abstained so that he would look moderate

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sparklecity August 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

I called BS on Graham’s military duty when he was running for Senator. He implied that he was a Gulf I vet when actually he stayed stateside serving in the SC Air Guard as a JAG but the shit-eating right wingnuts put their hands over their ears and voted for him anyway
But to be no BS “fair and balanced” (unlike Faux News) a couple of things need to be pointed out:
1.. Graham ain’t a soldier, he is an airman (show you how very little FITS knows of the military)
2. The military favors by way of being a politician that Graham has received pale by comparison to FITS’ ass-hole buddy Mark “Shirker” Sanfraud who used his political influence to get a commission as an officer in the USAF Reserves.
At least Graham has pulled a few deployments in the Theater of Operations – unlike that shirker Sanfraud who managed to get a gig where he don’t have to go overseas – period………….
As far as I know that puke is still “serving” as an officer in the USAF Reserves (which is a disgrace to the uniform in itself)

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sparklecity August 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm

One other fact concerning Graham that I forgot to post:
Graham served in the active duty Air Force for a number of years as an Air Force JAG before becoming a politician. I believe he served in Germany for a few years if my memory serves correct.
He has not spent ALL of his military service as a reservist or Guardsman.
I’m not a Graham supporter but the truth needs be first and foremost.

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Scooter August 4, 2015 at 7:33 pm

What in the world did he do to earn a bronze star?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 4, 2015 at 8:12 pm

What in the world did he do to earn a bronze star?

Never left his buddies behind.

(TBG apologises for the spelling and punctuation error. Typing on a ‘Droid…)

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dwb619 August 4, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Now ,THAT is a GOOD one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shifty henry August 4, 2015 at 11:35 pm

10+

shifty henry August 4, 2015 at 11:42 pm

A guy goes to the proctologist for a routine examination. When the doctor gets him into position, he’s quite surprised to find a piece of string dangling from his ass. He pulls gently on the string and out pops a lovely bouquet of flowers.

“Do you know I just pulled a dozen roses out of your rectum?” asks the astonished doctor.

“Is that so?” said his patient. “Who’re they from?”

Mike at the Beach August 4, 2015 at 11:43 pm

Owwwwwww.

fudgepacker August 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Never left his butties behind.

SandpaperSandy August 5, 2015 at 6:16 am

No, no, there’s been a simple misunderstanding here. He didn’t serve ” in” the military, he “serviced” the military. That’s why he walks funny.

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