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Rep. Mark Kirk's misstatements continue on to other subjects beyond his Military record…..

This time it’s in Foreign Affairs…..

China drilling for oil off Cuba????

A French commmando raid with causalities….That had none….????


………Some of the stories Kirk tells on the stump seem a bit too good to be true. When he last ran for re-election to his congressional seat, he got into trouble for saying China was drilling for oil off the coast of Cuba, which was not true, he acknowledged Thursday in a meeting with the Sun-Times editorial board.

Speaking to the City Club of Chicago last year just after President Obama authorized the shooting of Somali pirates who kidnapped American Capt. Richard Phillips, Kirk got a whole lot wrong talking about pirates attacking ships off Africa.

“We began to see some backbone, not from the U.S. but from France,” Kirk said. “France was always good for a quick $2 million ransom until the election of President Sarkozy. When his first ship was seized, he authorized the standard ransom payment — with a transmitter in the box. As that went into the pirate compound, he then authorized French Special Forces to roll in. And they killed everybody. . . . It kind of shocked us in the Pentagon. But it sent a clear message and I don’t think the French have had many problems since.”

Here’s the problem: Much of the answer was fiction. It wasn’t the first ship attacked after Sarkozy took office; and the French Special Forces didn’t kill everybody. In fact they didn’t kill anybody, Sarkozy has said.

Sarkozy backed that up with video footage of the French forces chasing the pirates who tried to escape in two SUVs through the Somali desert. The French forces disabled one of the SUVs and captured the six pirates, who were flown to France to stand trial. Four other pirates escaped in the other SUV with some of the ransom. One local official said at the time of the raid that three to five Somalis may have been killed, but Sarkozy said none was.



June 5, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , ,


  1. Again,

    “The Dog” does nothing other than to trash down a good Republican Candidate BUT heck:

    What else do you expect Dems would do when they’re behind?

    Comment by Daniel G. | June 6, 2010 | Reply

  2. Interesting

    Let me get this straight

    Bringing up ones record is

    “Trahing” him

    Because he is a

    “Good Republican”


    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 6, 2010 | Reply

  3. I didn’t see anybody complain when I posted up Alexi…..

    Maybe Corey will ride back in to rescue Kirk here and embolden the GOPer’s?

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 6, 2010 | Reply

  4. […] Rep. Mark Kirk's misstatements continue on to other subjects … […]

    Pingback by Gerrys Blog » Blog Archive » Honesty is the Best Policy – What Our Mothers Taught Us Long Ago Still Rings True | June 15, 2010 | Reply

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