• Veterans’ Administration Secretary Straight-Up Lies

    February 25, 2015

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    Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald apologized Monday for “misstating” that he served in the military’s special forces. McDonald made the “erroneous” claim while speaking to a homeless veteran during a segment that aired last month on the CBS Evening News.


    In a statement released Monday by the VA, McDonald said: “While I was in Los Angeles, engaging a homeless individual to determine his veteran status, I asked the man where he had served in the military. He responded that he had served in special forces. I ‘incorrectly stated’ that I had been in special forces. That was inaccurate and I apologize to anyone that was offended by my misstatement.”

    Stolen Valor

    Lying or exaggerating military service is known as “stolen valor.” There are entire organizations devoted to calling out fake claims to special forces service. In the specops community, this is a big deal.

    The VA website says McDonald is an Army veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne Division. Anyone who has been in the Army knows the 82nd is not a special forces unit. That term is reserved primarily in the Army world for Green Berets. You cannot be mistaken about whether or not you have undergone special forces training and deployment.

    The White House issued a statement saying, “We take him at his word and expect that this will not impact the important work he’s doing to promote the health and well-being of our nation’s veterans.”

    President Barack Obama chose the former Procter and Gamble CEO to take over the scandal-plagued VA last year. The questions about McDonald’s service come as TV newsmen Brian Williams and Bill O’Reilly have had their claims about covering foreign wars called into question.

    Thought Experiments

    So, some things to ponder.

    — Let’s try a thought experiment. Imagine you have a child. She is standing in the living room. A broken lamp is on the floor. She is holding a baseball bat with pieces of the lamp embedded in the wood. She has written on a large piece of poster board “I broke the lamp.” Would you, as the media has done in McDonald’s case, use the words “misstate,” “erroneous,” and “inaccurate” to describe her oral admonition that she did not break the lamp?

    — OK, another one. You know from my online biography that I have not served in special forces. If I write an article saying “I served in special forces,” would that be a misstatement? If, only after I have been caught dead to rights lying, I apologize to anyone “who might have been offended,” say persons who underwent the tough selection and life-threatening work of real special forces folks, or maybe a homeless veteran, does that make it OK?

    — If I worked for you and got caught lying in connection to my work and embarrassed the organization I lead, would you as my boss make a public statement of support for me?

    — But that said, let’s try it anyway. My name is not Peter. It is Rambo. Even as I type this, I am an active duty special forces operator. Please buy me drinks.

    BONUS: This is not McDonald’s first work-related lie. Obama named the clown to run the VA after veterans died awaiting care. McDonald said on NBC 60 people had been fired for their part in the misconduct, but the fact-checking website PolitiFact.com rated his statement as false, saying that fewer than 20 had been dismissed.




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  • Recent Comments

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      US government official lies!! OMG..whudda thunk. I mean..I’m SHOCKED I tell you..just SHOCKED!! My whole trust in the USG has been destroyed!!

      bartender..one bottle of TwoRollingEyes and a double shot of IfTheirLipsAreMoving.

      note to self..file this under
      Great Moments in SheeezusHcrist.

      02/25/15 1:34 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      someone, quick, tell me something. Is cynicism a dieing art or is it just me? I mean..now here’s a headline shocker…

      USG Official Tells The Truth!!!

      The entire planet would explode in shock.

      02/25/15 1:40 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Meanwhile, here’s a REAL shocker. I’ll be damned. I guess there are a few students who finally figured it out.

      http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/south-portland/2015/02/24/south-portland-pledge-of-allegiance-controversy/23957413/

      Unfortunately, the nationalistic indoctrination is so ubiquitous by now, the social media response is to be expected …USA!! USA!! USA!!

      god I think I’m going to gag.

      02/25/15 2:12 PM | Comment Link

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