Yesterday on Sept. 2, the International Business Times (IBT) filed a report saying the recent uprising by some in our military is part of a Syrian hoax.
The paper signs say things like: "I didn't join the Navy to fight for al-Qaeda in a Syrian civil war."
Some in the U.S. military are using Facebook and Twitter to declare their reluctance to become embroiled in another Middle Eastern conflict.
IBT said about the sailor in the photo: "Efforts to find out more about the mystery marine have focused on the brightly-colored ribbons on his chest."
IBT says that one of the medals on the sailor's chest is a Kuwait Liberation Medal from the first Gulf War. They went on to say it could be an "older marine because that conflict ended 22 years ago."
They speculated he might have merely donned his uniform to take the photo and display his protest. IBT also said: "Another possibility is that he is not a Navy marine at all, but is simply dressing up."
Now it's time for the Marine Corps Examiner to address what IBT said about the sailor. First of all, IBT misidentified his branch of service. He is not a Marine (with a capital M, by the way) nor is he a Navy Marine. He is a sailor, and while the Marines are part of the Navy, they are two distinct branches of our military.
IBT posted their article based on assumptions. They claim that during SEA's recent hacking of the official Marine Corps website, it was SEA that posted the photos of U.S. military members holding the paper signs.
BBC reported that SEA claims they had "many surprises" planned. It was under this assumption that IBT filed their report and claimed it was SEA posting the military photos.
However, Examiner's Angel Clark reported: "Two days ago, on Saturday, I was contacted by a fan of The Angel Clark Show. That fan sent me an image that has since been seen by millions of people. The image was a picture of that person, wearing their Navy dress blues" holding a paper sign. The sign said: "I didn't join the Navy to fight for al-Qaeda in a Syrian civil war."
Miss Clark also said she looked into the sailor's background. She said: "indeed (the sailor is) located in the United States and a part of the Navy." The photo is genuine and as one person said in the comments section of the IBT article: "you can see the guy is white not middle eastern."
Another commenter on the IBT article, Michael Büssing, a Honorably Discharged Marine Corporal from Norcross, GA said: "The orange and green medal is a Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal; definitely not a Kuwait Liberation Medal.
From right to left: National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and a Global War on Terrorism medal."
There has been several in our military posting photos showing their reluctance to become involved in another Middle Eastern conflict. Despite most photos posted by these service-members going viral the MSM has been silent.
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