[Republished from 2008Central.net]
With approximately 10 minutes notice to reporters, the Obama campaign held a conference call today with Pennysylvania Bosnia veterans to discuss Sen. Clinton’s previous remarks on Bosnia. The timing of the call is somewhat odd, especially in light of Sen. Obama’s statements regarding political distractions at ABC’s debate earlier this week.
Maj. Gen. Walter Stewart observed:
“Imagine the lack of moral authority she has now to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier.”
He later added an observation about Sen. Clinton’s potential for leadership:
“So, let’s look at moral authority as the essential element of leadership. President George Bush, Sen. Clinton, Sen. McCain have squandered the moral authority of the United States of America and our ability to lead the free people’s of the world; and the oppressed peoples of the world towards freedom. Sen. Barack Obama displays the moral authority we need for a change in Washington D.C.”
Michael Kotyk began by saying:
“Sen. Clinton’s remarks are what I guess you would call a ‘whopper’ in the military terminology. It’s a breach of honor. And, it’s something that she has done continuously and even in regards to her support on NAFTA.”
As noted, this conference call is in sharp contrast to Obama’s remarks on Clinton and Bosnia during the debate earlier this week.
First, Obama suggested that the only reason his campaign initially criticized Sen. Clinton on the subject was because they were asked about it: