Rick Perry blames President Barack Obama and the liberal media for the recent attacks on Chris Kyle’s military record.
The late Navy SEAL, who is known as recognized as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history allegedly earned only half the medals he claimed in his book, according to The Intercept. Rick Perry joined a number of conservative leaders who attacked the website for defamation.
“If there is any inaccuracy in Kyle’s account it’s that he didn’t take ENOUGH credit for his awards,” wrote Perry, the former Texas governor.
Kyle claimed in his book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, to have been awarded two Silver Stars and Five Bronze Stars, all for valor. However, The Intercept claims that they obtained Navy documents showing that he only earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with Valor.
“I am calling on people of conscience to join me in calling for the retraction and deletion of the offending article and reprimand of the Navy personnel who have fed this misperception with their lackadaisical handling of the original information request,” Perry said.
Perry realizes that his demands may violate the constitutional law, but waved those concerns away with some questionable claims.
“This request might seem odd from someone who is committed to the constitutional freedoms our military fights to defend, but freedom of speech and deliberate libel are two entirely different things,” Perry said.
“Perhaps it’s a byproduct of nearly eight years of an arch-liberal in the Oval Office combined with an American population increasingly disconnected from the men and women who serve in the military.”