Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joe Repya (who is somehow connected to the McCain Campaign), had the following to say about Obama ditching the wounded US troops in Germany:
The most solemn duty of a commander in chief is to fulfill his responsibility to the men and women who serve this country in uniform. Barack Obama had scheduled a visit with wounded American troops who have served with honor and distinction in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he broke that commitment, instead flitting from one European capital to the next. Several explanations were offered, none was convincing and each was at odds with the statements of American military leaders in Germany and Washington. For a young man so apt at playing president, Barack Obama badly misjudged the important demands of the office he seeks. Visits with world leaders and speeches to cheering Europeans shouldn’t be a substitute for comforting injured American heroes.
NCB has reported what I think was the real reason Obama blew off the troops:
According to Pentagon officials, the problem was that Obama’s request to visit Landstuhl included two members of his campaign staff — retired Major General Jonathan S. Gration and Jeff Kiernan. US military officials in Germany informed the campaign the two political operatives would not be permitted on base.
Pentagon officials say Gration was the campaign’s point of contact at Landstuhl in arranging Obama’s visit and “got torqued” when he was told he would not be permitted to join Obama. It was Gration who later suggested to reporters that the Pentagon short-circuited Obama’s visit.
Wah, wah, wah. It’s the Obama campaign way: you tick us off, we’ll “get” you (see the exclusion of Ryan Lizza from the Obama campaign plane after The New Yorker ran that cartoon of Barack and Michelle on the cover of the issue that carried Lizza’s article about Obama).
What a jerk.
Tags: Election 2008