What do Hillary Clinton, Brian Williams, and now VA Secretary Robert McDonald all have in common? All have made bogus combat claims. Now, Robert McDonald may have taken the cake. After being caught in a CBS interview claiming he was Special Forces, he’s quickly on television trying to apologize for his “shameful act.”
McDonald’s actions are also a federal misdemeanor. This comes right on the heals of some serious integrity issues that continue to plague this president’s choice to fill the shoes of the outgoing VA secretary in a department rocked with scandal.
Just recently, McDonald has had a series of gaffes that bring up a huge integrity issue that may sink his career as fast as it started. First, he gave the interview to CBS where he is clearly heard saying, “Special forces? What years? I was in special forces!” Next, he goes to congress and stupidly screams at a Congressman that was also a vet, “I’ve ran a multimillion dollar corporation! What have you done?” Then, he falsely attempts to back Obama’s plan to steal 10 billion dollars from veterans’ health care and to see outside doctors. After that, it comes out that he didn’t fire the 60 people for manipulating waiting lists who he claimed he did. Even in the interview, he says integrity is the most important thing to him, as he is apologizing about lying about his military record.
McDonald never served in special forces. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975, completed Army Ranger training and took courses in jungle, arctic and desert warfare. He qualified as a senior parachutist and airborne jumpmaster, and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division until he resigned his commission in 1980. While he earned a Ranger tab designating him as a graduate of Ranger School, he never served in a Ranger battalion or any other special operations unit.
“I have no excuse,” McDonald told The Huffington Post, when contacted to explain his claim. “I was not in special forces.” (Huffington Post)
Army Col. Gary Bloomberg called it a “bonehead move” and asked if this is who we want to represent a VA, where veterans have already lost the trust in the system. Rep. Jeff Miller called it “disappointing.” The only one defending him in this stolen valor issue is, no surprise, the White House.
“Secretary McDonald has apologized for the misstatement and noted that he never intended to misrepresent his military service,” the White House said in a statement. “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.” (Huffington Post)
We understand President Obama defending him. After all, he did just try to steal $10 billion from our health care to pad the Veterans Administration’s “discretionary funds” for the president.
—Courtesy of Mad World News