Saturday, February 23, 2008

Obama's Bogus Afghan Tale

Barack Hussein Obama, possibly your future Commander in Chief, no more honest than the Clintons. From Media Myth Busters, what Obama said:

“You know, I’ve heard from an Army captain who was the head of a
rifle platoon — supposed to have 39 men in a rifle platoon,” he said. “Ended up
being sent to Afghanistan with 24 because 15 of those soldiers had been sent to
Iraq. And as a consequence, they didn’t have enough ammunition, they didn’t have
enough humvees. They were actually capturing Taliban weapons, because it was
easier to get Taliban weapons than it was for them to get properly equipped by
our current commander in chief.”

And the Truth:

Lieutenants command platoons. Captains command companies.
U.S. Army would not, under any circumstance, split up a rifle platoon and ship
half of them to Iraq and the other half to Afghanistan. They train to work as a
team. This simply would not occur, ever.
There has never been a shortage of
weapons or ammunition for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. On occasion, American
forces (especially Special Forces) have used Soviet weapon designs, but they
have done so by choice, not necessity.

This sounds vaguely like the pre-Surge Iraq Force when the US was struggling to transform from a heavy equipment, Cold War military, to a lighter counter-insurgency force. The Left hopes to keep old talking points alive in order to distract the nation from the reality that we are winning in the Middle East.