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Obama’s Afghanistan Weapons Story

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Do any of you remember this moment in the debate last night?

A LOT has been made about this on the right wing blogs today about. I think this is mainly because many right wing blogs fancy themselves experts in anything that has to do with the military. So here’s a taste of the experts…

Flopping Aces:

I’m gonna call shenanigans (codeword for he is lying through his teeth) on these charges by Obama.

Weekly Standard:

The idea that our guys were scrounging weapons and ammo because they were short is ludicrous. How much ammo you carry is done on a “per man” basis in the infantry–each solder carries a “basic load,” which is backed up by reserve supplies at company, battalion, and above. It is possible to run out of ammunition, temporarily, in the midst of an intense firefight. […]

To the best of my knowledge, no U.S. forces in either Afghanistan or Iraq ever ran out of ammunition for more than a few hours at most. […]

Overall, I think Obama would be better sticking to his “message of hope”–hope that nobody will ever ask him to make any substantive statements on military affairs, ever again.

Ace of Spades:

Really, Jesus 2.0?

Really?

You really going with that, buddy?

You sure of that?

Really?

Really?

Well, Obama’s story checks out. So yes Ace…really.

I called the Obama campaign this morning to chat about this story, and was put in touch with the Army captain in question.

He told me his story, which I found quite credible, though for obvious reasons he asked that I not mention his name or certain identifying information.

Short answer: He backs up Obama’s story.

The longer answer is worth telling, though.

Go read the longer answer. It actually personalizes the story of us taking the focus off of Afghanistan in favor of Iraq in a very real way.

Then there’s this from somebody who served in Iraq…

In light of my experience in Iraq, Sen. Obama’s comments last night are eminently believable. Sen. Obama is also absolutely right to use this anecdote as a critique of the administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq. It is incontrovertible that the war in Iraq diverted scarce military resources (manpower, equipment, etc.) from Afghanistan to Iraq. The cost for that diversion was paid by America’s sons and daughters, and our Afghan brethren, who continue to fight in Afghanistan against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. We owe our troops better.

Indeed.