Monday, January 20, 2020

Is this what Putin has on Moscow Mitch? 'The Strange and Possibly Sordid Story of Mitch McConnell's Military Service'

Mod: Does Russian intelligence know something about Mitch McConnell that he would prefer you don't? Three articles from a number of years back could shed some light on this unpleasant matter.

McConnell's military discharge once again an election issue (McClatchy DC link): A prominent Democrat questioned Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's military service — specifically his discharge from the Army Reserve — as McConnell launched his latest commercial Tuesday criticizing veterans' health clinics with ties to his Democratic opponent.

Democratic state Rep. Greg Stumbo, the former Kentucky attorney general, called on McConnell to release his military discharge records.

"Elections should be about informed choices. He's obviously not proud of his record, Sen. McConnell isn't, or he would have shown it by now," Stumbo said. "Something isn't correct about it that might cause a lot of people, including veterans, to take a second look at him."

What is Mitch McConnell Hiding? (Huffington Post link): Whispers about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) military service during the Vietnam War have been floating around Washington for years and were reported in print at least as far back as two campaigns ago.

From the Kentucky Kernel of November 1, 1996, Senator’s Discharged Questioned:

A letter found in the [University of Kentucky] Library Department of Special Collections of a request from a former U.S. Senator to the then commanding general of Fort Knox created conflicting stories Thursday about the military record of Republican U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The letter was found in the personal letters of U.S. Sen. John Sherman Cooper, a Republican from Kentucky. It was written to Maj. Gen. A. D. Surles, commanding general of Fort Knox. McConnell served as an intern in Cooper’s Washington, D.C. office in summer of 1964. He was in boot camp at Ft. Knox and a member of the 100th Division of the U.S. Army Reserve.

McConnell enlisted in March of 1967 and was abruptly discharged four months later for a minor medical condition, optic neurosis. During a time of war, one might appropriately presume the armed forces would want to minimize the number of departing soldiers. Again, from the Kernel:

Dr. Mike Minix, with the department of ophthalmology at the UK Med Center, explained that optic neuritis usually affects individuals 15-45 years of age. According to Minix, the condition can usually be treated with steroids. “Within three-four weeks of having the condition, individuals will usually have their eyesight return to 20-20 vision or normal vision.” This same type of treatment would have been prescribed in 1967, although advancements have been made in the treatment of this eye condition, he said.

McConnell’s discharge was expedited by Cooper’s claim that the enlistee needed to be released quickly to attend New York University. NYU records, however, indicate that McConnell never applied to the school, and at the time of his discharge he had already earned a law degree from the University of Kentucky. Why exactly would a United States Senator write to the Commanding  General of one of the nation’s most important military installations with false information about a member of the US armed forces?

From 2008
The Strange and Possibly Sordid Story of Mitch McConnell's Military Service (Daily Kos link): I saw a tweet today that startled me:

Ohio Citizen ‏@OhioCitizen - I don't know if Judd is running but McConnell is going to have a hard time. His court martial for sodomy in 67 will be huge.

Naturally, I asked for clarification, and got this. Before seeing this tweet, I had had no idea that McConnell had ever served in the military.

The OP's speculations were summarily dismissed, but I was sufficiently intrigued to dig a little deeper. Most of the information that I found is from 2007/2008. I'm really surprised that it didn't get more press. But as a result, the information that I did find was fairly thin.

Here are the basic, very skimpy facts: Mitch McConnell was classified 2-S ("Registrant deferred due to activity in study") on August 8th, 1962, and remained as such until May 4th, 1967. Source, through HillBilly Report.

He enlisted in either March 1967 or in July 1967 and served at Fort Knox in the 100th Division (Training) of the U.S. Army Reserve until  August 15, 1967. He was assigned Selective Service number 15-131-42-44.

Hillbilly Report tried to dig into McConnell's military record as best they could. They requested his Selective Service records, and basically ran into a brick wall.

December, 2007 we submitted a request for the Selective Service Classification Records for Senator Saxby Chambliss,  Rep Tom Tancredo and Senator Mitch McConnell. When we received the Selective Service Classification Records from the Selective Service System all of the records were included with the exception of Senator Mitch McConnell's and his was an extract put together by Richard Flahavan, Associate Director for Intergovernmental Affairs. When Richard Flahavan was questioned about sending us an extract of Senator Mitch McConnell's Selective Service Classification Record, he responded in writing that " Selective Service no longer has access to Selective Service records for men born prior to 1960."  Knowing that we had already received the full Selective Service Classification Records for Senator Saxby Chambliss, Rep Tom Tancredo born in 1943 and 1945 respectively we felt that Richard Flahavan was possibly covering for Senator Mitch McConnell. In Richard Flahavan's extract he writes "the U.S. Army ordered him to undergo an Armed Forces Physical Examination which he did July 9, 1967. Apparently, he did not pass because he was released from the U.S. Army Reserve August 15, 1967." I just love that word apparently!

But as they reported, Mitch McConnell "apparently" never HAD an Armed Forces Physical Examination. According to Wikipedia,

In 1967, to gain experience on Capitol Hill, during his final semester of law school, McConnell was an intern for Senator John Sherman Cooper (R-KY).

Not coincidentally, Senator Cooper possibly created or was used as a diversion regarding any McConnell military service.

Hillbilly Report
Feb. 13, 2007
Kentucky Kernel Article, dated November 1, 1996.
Senator’s Discharge Questioned

A letter found in the UK Library Department of Special Collections of a request from a former U.S. Senator to the then commanding general of Fort Knox created conflicting stories Thursday about the military record of Republican U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The letter was found in the personal letters of U. S. Sen. John Sherman Cooper, a Republican from Kentucky. it was written to Maj. Gen. A. D. Surles, commanding general of Fort Knox. McConnell served as an intern in Coopers Washington, DC. office in summer of 1964. He was in boot camp at Ft. Knox and a member of the 100th Division of the U.S. Army Reserve.

The letter was dated August 10, 1967, during a time when U.S. troops were being sent to Vietnam for combat duty. In the letter, Cooper advises the major general that ‘Mitchell anxious to clear post in order to enroll NYU. Please advise when final action can he expected.”

According to the Registrar’s Office at New York University, no record exists that McConnell ever applied or enrolled for classes at that university. McConnell attended UK and earned a law degree in 1967 before he enlisted in the Army reserve. Senator Cooper died in 1991, at the age of 89.

Mod: All kind of speculative and even murky, but given McConnell's decidedly unpatriotic and pro-Putin actions these days, worthy of at least some further investigation. You'll just have to get around the entitled rich boy fix. There is more to be found at all three links.

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41 comments:

  1. So, on top of everything else, he is a creep?

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    1. I think I read that correctly.... He was discharged in '67 for a sodomy charge.....

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    2. So that is one of the things he is hiding!

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    3. I've read some similar articles. Sodomy in the barracks was one of the cover ups. And, closet drag queen. I still haven't been able to find any credible data, but it's plausible.

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  2. So who was f------ (literally) Moscow Mitch, maybe Trump ?...just saying :-)

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  3. Peek a boo, Mos🐄 Mitch!

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  4. Interesting. Yes, I'd say there is a distinct possibility that both Moscow Mitch and Leningrad Lindsay are being blackmailed by Russian intelligence.

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  5. Roy Cohn, Lindsey Graham AND Mitch? KOMPROMAT!

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    1. I had optic neuritis once and it lasted one month with no meds. Wimp.

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  7. Maybe this is what Russia has on him! The Sierra Madre Tattler is very interesting.

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  8. He was a fluffer. Caught him in action.

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  9. Is Mitch the real Poke-A-Hontus?

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  10. Just call Moscow Mitch the "Gomer Pyle Driver" from now on.

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    1. Sopranos: "YOU MEAN HE *WAS* CATCHING, *NOT PITCHING?"

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    2. McConnell now lives the life of a wealthy right-wing homophobe, maybe to stop people from prying.

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  11. Hell, once Russia hacked us they know all about Trump-tards buddies..if you think it was just the voting that was hacked you have blinders on...its like watching an alien movie...behind every bush, behind doors, in your precious phone....their eyes are on you, your family, and your friends....it may sound silly, but it's not...what we post is being read...what kind of a secure future do we all have...

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    1. Sounds like you have been a busy boy Moscow Mitch, you been playing pitch and catch. Should have used a bigger lock on your closet. There is no privacy with Russia hacking and you blocking all bills that would stop them. What goes around came home to you. Enjoy.

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    2. I have read that his Dad's political connections may have gotten him out. Can't find a link, it has been a while, I think it was in the Louisville Courier Journal during one of his re-election campaigns. Wish I could find it.

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    3. When I was on Active Duty we had a crude saying about fellow troops that were a little light in the shorts. “He’ll take it in the ass for a 3 day pass.” I think McConnell and Graham had their share of 3 day passes.

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  12. Russian oligarchs have put $3.5 million into his PAC. Simplest explanation is he's been bribed.

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  13. Moscow Mitch is a freak from Hell.

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  14. ‘Not supposed to be that way!’ Bitter Trump whines about Senate possibly letting John Bolton testify

    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/not-supposed-to-be-that-way-bitter-trump-whines-about-senate-possibly-letting-john-bolton-testify/

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  15. As best I can figure, McConnell got an honorable discharge after five days of basic training. Following is a cite in the Wikipedia article. Cheves, John (October 22, 2008). "McConnell received honorable discharge from military". Bluegrass Politics. Archived from the original on January 21, 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2015.

    A site called Quora (for which I cannot vouch) suggests McConnell received a medical discharge for an eye condition. [link:https://www.quora.com/Did-Mitch-McConnell-serve-in-the-military|

    While 1967 was before my time as an Army JAG (I would have been in kindergarten at the time), I am confident he did not get an honorable discharge after a court-martial for sodomy. It is possible that if a young trainee was caught in homosexual act in his first five days of basic training, he might have simply been quickly discharged. However, that seems unlikely.

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  16. SO , HE IS A DRAFT DODGING HOMOSEXUAL? FIGURES. ONLY REASON TO GO IN THE RESERVES OR NATIONAL GUARD DURING THE VIETNAM WAR WAS BEING A SCARED LITTLE DICK. JUST LIKE BUSH Jr.

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    1. Hey 8:09 your caps key is on.

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  17. Sad that his self loathing has manifested into a total lack of empathy for others.

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  18. It doesn't surprise me at all! The man is so crooked and dark and the saddest part is that he is a congressional leader! How did this happen?

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  19. Is it true Mitch McConnell was forced out of the military because he had committed sodomy? If this is true, was it a consensual act or a rape? Inquiring minds want to know.

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  20. The communist-chinese have militarized this virus as a test and let it lose to watch it's mutation and spreading time factors. Another Communist Alert to be made aware of, since we have way to many Communist leaning Republicans in Washington D.C.. This virus has already been tested on it's prison population with great results. Then they will make adjustments accordingly depending on the targets int he future, time to cut off ALL ties with this thug empire. https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-coronavirus-kills-third-person-spreads-to-more-cities-11579494221

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  21. Doesn't surprise me at all! Mitch never had a physical examination...you know the elite and privileged. A disgrace.

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  22. Could all these phots be false? No chance. https://www.businessinsider.com/giuliani-fixer-lev-parnas-photos-trump-family-2020-1

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    1. Saw this observant tweet re Trump denying knowing Parnas:

      "I’ve seen more pictures of Trump and Lev together than I have of Trump and his son Barron."

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  23. How a Democrat screwed a Republicans wife because she found out about his sexual preferences. https://politics.theonion.com/sources-harry-reid-sleeping-with-mitch-mcconnells-wife-1819572018

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  24. Moscow Mitch, Putin's Other Bitch has got some explaining to do.

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    1. Wouldn’t be surprised at any VILE thing this UNAMERICAN, UNPATRIOTIC POS does or has done!

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  25. Here's an example of the so-called "liberal" media (CNN) once again siding with violent right wing interests. The headline:

    "Virginia gun-rights rally concludes peacefully despite earlier fears of extremist violence"

    I would argue that a rally in which numerous people bring assault rifles with tens of thousand of rounds of ammunition designed to kill human beings and that requires the Governor to declare a state of emergency prohibiting those weapons from the capital building grounds is anything but "peaceful."

    That's your corporate right-leaning media in action.

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    1. It was an incel fake army cosplay party

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  26. 1-3pm Saturday CodePink --No More War with Iran/Women for Peace
    Meet on steps of L.A. City Hall, downtown Los Angeles
    signs will be provided -gratis (men are also welcome to attend)
    codepink.org (details about locations across the US)

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  27. 1-3pm Saturday CodePink --No More War with Iran/Women for Peace
    Meet on steps of L.A. City Hall, downtown Los Angeles
    signs will be provided -gratis (men are also welcome to attend)
    codepink.org (details about locations across the US)

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