The attempts by the anti-war left to discredit General Petraeus which is being led by both Moveon.org and the Daily Kos has gotten even more desperate as they are now claiming that General Petraeus was frauduently awarded his combat action badge:
But a medal for valor in mortal combat is not a merit badge. It represents the physical spilling of blood – the risking and taking of life. It is an apology to those who have faced this terrible thing, and a mark of gratitude for their courage and determination and selflessness in the face of violence. But you have to have one to be cool like the other guys. So you get yourself a Combat Action Badge – even though they started being handed out in 2005 and you were “in” combat in 2003. [Daily Kos]
This comes on the heels of the pathetic claim by the Daily Kos that General Petraeus awarded himself a fraudulent bronze star which I quickly debunked. Now I will debunk the latest claims against his combat action badge.
Unlike the Daily Kos I know full well the eligibility requirements for the combat action badge and paragraph number six of the eligibility requirements easily debunks the Daily Kos’ claims:
(6) Retroactive awards for the CAB are not authorized prior to 18 September 2001, applications (to include supporting documentation) for retroactive awards of the CAB will be forwarded through the first two star general in the chain of command to CG, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, ATTN: AHRC-PDO-PA, Alexandria, VA 22332-0471.
Because General Petraeus served in combat in 2003 that makes him perfectly eligible to wear the combat action badge even though it was first established in 2005 because it is retroactive to 2001. It took me less than five minutes to write this and debunk these people; that should give you some idea of the level of military knowledge at work at the Daily Kos.
Why these people at the Daily Kos don’t bother verifying the eligibility requirements for the badge before making these ridiculous claims is beyond me but I have to assume that they just want to pass off propaganda to the people reading their site to be repeated over and over again on other leftist blogs until the conventional wisdom on the left is that Petraeus is wearing fraudulent awards.
Yes, I question their patriotism.