Something Is Fishy…..
Less than an hour ago, The Washington Post moved yet another article about Obama not visiting those wounded troops. Read it here.
Why did they put it up? It isn’t breaking anything new. Read a part of the article here…..
PARIS, July 25 — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama scrubbed a visit to see wounded U.S. servicemen and -women in Germany because of concerns raised by the Pentagon that the stop at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center could be seen as a political event, according to Obama’s campaign.
“Senator Obama had hoped to and had every intention of visiting our troops to express his appreciation and gratitude for their service to our country,” retired Air Force Major Gen. J. Scott Gration, an Obama adviser, said in a statement. “We learned from the Pentagon [Wednesday] night that the visit would be viewed instead as a campaign event. Senator Obama did not want to have a trip to see our wounded warriors perceived as a campaign event . . . and decided instead not to go.”
The Pentagon said on Friday that it did not prevent an Obama visit.
“Nobody denied Senator Obama the opportunity to visit our wounded being cared for at Landstuhl. Obviously, as a sitting senator, he has an interest in that and can certainly visit in an official capacity,” said Bryan Whitman, a spokesman for the Pentagon, who added that there are “restrictions on what you can do as a candidate for political office, that stems from trying to maintain political neutrality and not have the military involved in politics.”
“The senator’s staff was informed of the limits on what the military can do with respect to a political campaign and how we could support a senator’s visit to Landstuhl and, quite frankly, I expected them to have the visit,” Whitman said.
Here is what we know about the whole flap:
- The Pentagon told the Obama Campaign he was most welcome to visit the hospital, and that they encouraged him to do so.
- Military officials really did bend over backward, informing the campaign permission would be granted for his campaign jet to land at the base, something not normally allowed to civilians. This accommodation made good sense, due to the security requirements of a presidential candidate.
- The Obama campaign was told that due to Military and Government policy, Obama could not bring his traveling press corps with him, but could bring up to two Senate staffers.
- In yet another “accommodation”, Landstuhl officials agreed to provide a photographer to record the Senator’s visit, and immediately provide those pictures to the Obama Campaign so they could make them available to the press accompanying Obama.
In spite of all the above, Senator Obama decided to do a work-out at the Ritz-Carlton where he posed for pictures with reporters and guests using the fitness center, instead of visiting our wounded warriors.
As John McCain’s spokesman, Brian Rogers, said: “Barack Obama is wrong. It is never ‘inappropriate’ to visit our men and women in the military.”
So, again, I ask why move what is essentially a duplicate story or 500 others on this matter now? Anyone have an opinion?