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Friday, February 22, 2008

US - Obama Insists US Soldiers Use Taliban Weapons

There's no doubt that troops everywhere use captured enemy weapons as and when the situation warrants. In fact, we even train our troops in such tactics. The scandal here is, Obama is claiming an unnamed (Army) captain told him our troops were forced to do it because they were sent into battle without the proper gear. Watch for this to be the next Obama scandal.

There are Army captains that might be willing to tell Obama that, (see here and here for example) but for Obama to repeat it without proof on national television is scandalous.

"They were actually capturing Taliban weapons because it was easier getting Taliban weapons than it was for them to get properly equipped by our current Commander in Chief."


What does Obama base this scandalous claim on? This.

Obama advisor David Axelrod: "AXELROD: That was a discussion that a captain in the military had with our staff, and he asked that that be passed along to Senator Obama."

Did Obama speak to this captain? Did Obama even attempt to verify the story? Did Obama's staff who supposedly talked to the captain verify him or his story? This is a very serious charge and Obama should be made to answer these questions.

Update

Watch for military personnel start to weigh in on this. Note this comment from one Army wife whose husband is on active duty.

"1. CPT’s command companies, not platoons.
2. Platoons are not divided up to go to 2 different theaters, EVER.
3. There is no ammo shortage in OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan). "


He's right according to this.

More to come on this I'm sure.

Update

The Weekly Standard weighs in.

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