Friday, July 25, 2008

Blame It On The Pentagon

Update on yesterdays blog. The issue was Barack Obama not visiting injured troops while in Germany. The Pentagon has released a statement about the canceled visit which the Obama campaign disputes. I won’t pass judgment, I’ll let the reader decide what is going on here (hint: Obama’s lying).

First the Pentagon statement from Chief Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell during an interview with

"Sen. Obama is welcome to visit Landstuhl or any military hospital in his official capacity as a United States senator," Morrell said in a brief interview. "But there is a DoD policy which governs campaigning and electioneering at military facilities that would have to be respected if he were to visit. That distinction was relayed and made clear to campaign, and they made a decision on their own based on that guidance."

Morrell, in a subsequent interview, added that military officials told Obama he could only visit the military facility with his Secret Service detail and Senate staff.

"We made it clear to him that campaign staff and press would not be permitted to accompany him," Morrell said of Obama. "We relayed those ground rules. They made a choice based upon the information we relayed to them. It was their choice. We had nothing to do with it."

The Obama campaign subsequently had a pres release in which they gave their version of the events that led to the canceled visit. This from campaign communications director Robert Gibbs as reported by CBS news.

"He could go as a United States Senator, but it was pretty clear from the guidance that we received from the Pentagon that the trip would be viewed as a campaign stop. Given the info that we had received, Senator Obama made the decision that we were not going have wounded men and women become involved in a campaign trip."

Obama campaign senior adviser Gen. Scott Gration then took the stance a step further and simply blamed the entire thing on the Pentagon.

The one thing about this is, I love being right. I have said all along that Obama only uses the troops for his political gain. When he doesn’t need them or when he’s talking to a crowd from the loony left, he adopts the anti-military stance of his Code Pink supporters. I think it is quite easy to see, reading these two different versions, that Obama views the troops as nothing but a photo backdrop. Reread the Obama press statement and it is clear that they are not saying that the Pentagon told them they could not visit the troops. Without the campaign actually saying it, they are clearly acknowledging that they were told they could not make it a campaign stop.

So, in other words, Obama was free to visit the troops. He just couldn’t take the press along. So, simply put, Obama was not going to waste his time stopping by and seeing how they are doing, letting them know he is grateful for their sacrifice. Or, put another way, he doesn’t care. He had time in his schedule when he thought he could use them as photo props but when the Pentagon ruled this out, he had to catch that flight to the next campaign stop, where, in France.

The second part of this is that CBS news is all too happy to regurgitate the Obama view of the events without making any effort to get the Pentagon’s take on it. I refuse to believe that can get a quote from the Pentagon and CBS cannot. Just further proof that the MSM doesn’t care about the truth, just pushing their liberal agenda.

The real issue here though is that Obama wants to be the Commander in Chief. We simply cannot have another president like Bill Clinton whose cynical view of our troops is that they are nothing more than a means to get elected then spend their Presidency showing pure disdain for them.


Z said...

There is such contradiction on this story that I told my husband "How hard is it to just get the FACTS out there? What DID the pentagon say and how did Obama react!?" Thanks for doing this, Chuck. I watched FOX last night and STILL wasn't quite sure what happened, but this was the gist I got...just kept thinking "Well...if this is how it went, why isn't this the story, put clear and simple?"

Simply because the msm doesn't want us to know. This needs to be heard from the RAFTERS....but it won't be. He couldn't have cameras and glowing stories about how he healed the troops with just a hand on their shoulders and a look into their eyes, so he wasn't having any of the visit...scary.

Chuck said...

I don' think we have to worry. I genuinely believe the public is beginning to see this. What we are doing right now, blogging, interacting, posting on forums, is the one thing the MSM cannot shut down. This here is Obama's undoing. The MSM controlled the flow of news in this country for decades. With Fox news, the internet, and Rush and friends on the radio, this control is over.

cube said...

Obama will shoot himself in the foot before November. Hubris will be his downfall.

MK said...

Like i said at another blog on this subject, he really just didn't want to waste his time with the troops, few leftists do, he's much happier mingling with Europeans and elitists who want to make America more like Europe, useless and impotent.

The press are happy to go along because they like all the sneering leftist elites only have contempt for the troops, until it's them that's on the grainy video with the knife to their throat amid screams of allah akbar that is.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Contrast this with how President Bush has often visited wounded soldiers and met with families in the absence of photographers and reporters.

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Always On Watch said...

"We made it clear to him that campaign staff and press would not be permitted to accompany him," Morrell said of Obama. "We relayed those ground rules. They made a choice based upon the information we relayed to them. It was their choice. We had nothing to do with it."

I suspected as much but hadn't found the confirmation.

Thanks for posting this!