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Kirk served in Afghanistan as Navy Reserve officer, backed President Obama on Afghan surge

Northbrook, Ill. - Congressman Mark Kirk, a reserve officer who served in Afghanistan, today expressed disappointment in Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias for calling Operation Enduring Freedom a "war we didn't need" during an interview this morning on Fox Chicago.

"We went from record budget surpluses to doubling the national debt by going into two wars we didn't need," Giannoulias said
Congressman Kirk, a Commander in the Navy Reserve, served in Kandahar, Afghanistan from December 2008 to January 2009 and again from December 2009 to January 2010. The congressman was a vocal supporter of President Obama's Afghan surge.

"I was proud to serve in Afghanistan as a reserve intelligence officer and I continue to support President Obama in this important mission," Congressman Kirk said. "After September 11th, we know that failure is not an option in Afghanistan. I am disappointed that Alexi Giannoulias would break with the President and the vast majority of Americans in calling Operation Enduring Freedom a war we didn't need."

Giannoulias' comment represents a significant shift from positions he took during the Democratic primary when he backed the President's Afghan surge plan. The position also puts him at odds with the vast majority of Americans. The House of Representatives authorized Operation Enduring Freedom on September 14, 2001 by a vote of 420-1.


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Senator Durbin commented yesterday that we spend over a million dollars per troop every year in Afghanistan. I understand the necesity to preventing terrorist attacks but as a result of the recent failed attacks it seems like the threat from Islamic extreamist is overstated. What if we spent 1/10th of the amount that we spend per soldier in Afghanistan, $100,000, on improving out education system, removing our dependance on foreign oil providing universal health care or lifting the poor out of poverty? I do not think Giannoulias is too crazy with his assertion this morning.

And What About A U.S. Rep. (MARK KIRK) going To The Nation's largest creditor 9China) in the midst of a national financial crisis and telling Chinese officials:
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"One of the messages I had -- because we need to build trust and confidence in our number one creditor," said Kirk, "is that the budget numbers that the US government had put forward should not be believed. The Congress is actually gonna spend quite a bit more than what's in the budget, and the health-care bill probably being the lead driver of additional spending by the Congress." - Mark Kirk
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http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/06/rep-mark-kirk-r-il-i-told-china-not-to-believe-us-budget-numbers.php


Kirk is a Treasonist snake. Talk about politics not stopping at the water's edge. Not only does this creep Kirk want Pres Obama to fail, he also wants the country to fail. Marc Kirk is a traitor! He says that he's warning China "because we need to build trust and confidence in our number one creditor" but actually he's a self-serving idiot who is lying to another country to score political points within a failing extremist Republican party back home.

Alexi is at it again..........one stance on the primary and now again he makes a 180 degree turn because he thinks thats what people want to hear. It's obvious, Alexi has no mind and poor thought processes.

The "I" in Alexi stands for Incompetent!

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