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Pentagon questions Obama’s soldier story (Obama admits cocaine use and it shows)
MSNBC ^ | 2/22/2008 | reuters

Posted on 02/22/2008 7:51:44 PM PST by tobyhill

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Friday tried to cast doubt on an account of military equipment shortages mentioned by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, whose campaign team stood by the story.

In a debate with rival Hillary Clinton on Thursday evening, Obama said he had heard from an Army captain who served in Afghanistan and whose unit did not have enough ammunition or vehicles.

Obama said it was easier for the troops to capture weapons from Taliban militants than it was "to get properly equipped by our current commander in chief," President Bush

I find that account pretty hard to imagine," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters.

"Despite the stress that we readily acknowledge on the force, one of the things that we do is make sure that all of our units and service members that are going into harm's way are properly trained, equipped and with the leadership to be successful," he said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barackhusseinobama; chebama; cultofobama; husseinobama; nobama; obama
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1 posted on 02/22/2008 7:51:46 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

POS Islamist.


2 posted on 02/22/2008 7:53:59 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: tobyhill

The guy supposedly is out of Ft. Drum, NY. Now why would he be writing to OBAMA when the Senator from NY sits on the Armed Forces Committee?


3 posted on 02/22/2008 7:56:46 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: tobyhill

Have you seen the thread where Senator Warner is going to look into this accusation?


4 posted on 02/22/2008 7:57:04 PM PST by BARLF
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To: tobyhill

I presume this officer who gave this information did so to help Barak Hussein Obama. By doing so, he is injecting himself into the political campaign. I am sure he wants to stay anonymous...it is a matter of fact, whether you agree or disagree with it, that you DO surrender some of your First Amendment rights when you join the military.


5 posted on 02/22/2008 7:57:53 PM PST by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: BARLF
I just saw it and laughing my head off. Obama may have overstepped in his attempt to walk on water.
6 posted on 02/22/2008 7:58:47 PM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: BARLF
He may have the delegates, but ...

His stories are not adding up. He takes money from no telling who. He' painting himself into a corner I think.
7 posted on 02/22/2008 7:58:51 PM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: tobyhill

Bringing him up on censure charges in the senate for this slander, right after he takes the nomination from hilldog will be icing on the cake for our side.


8 posted on 02/22/2008 7:58:56 PM PST by mnehring ("Ronald Reagan has made Jimmy Carter look like a conservative..."- Ron Paul)
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To: tobyhill

I hope so!


9 posted on 02/22/2008 7:59:35 PM PST by BARLF
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To: tobyhill
The Pentagon on Friday tried to cast doubt on an account of military equipment shortages mentioned by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, whose campaign team stood by the story.

Sounds more like an editorial. To investigate the anecdote is to "cast doubt" on the new leader of Hope and Change.

Military equipment shortages have been a big U.S. political issue, particularly in the early years of the Iraq war.

By golly, it is an editorial.

10 posted on 02/22/2008 8:00:31 PM PST by HoosierHawk
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To: tobyhill

Lame and uncalled for addition to the title. It detracts from your message.


11 posted on 02/22/2008 8:02:32 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: LdSentinal

He just finished a rally in Austin. He told the crowd he was ready to report for duty. Newsman called him the “Pied Piper of Politics”.


12 posted on 02/22/2008 8:04:09 PM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: tobyhill

Why the bogus title about cocaine use? At best, this is sophomoric humor.


13 posted on 02/22/2008 8:05:34 PM PST by Rudder
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To: K-oneTexas
The debate hurt him last night I think. He doesn't think well on his feet,he does better with a script. Last night I wondered if he had someone talking in his ear.

If the story about the military is a lie he's probably done for.

14 posted on 02/22/2008 8:05:57 PM PST by BARLF
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To: tobyhill

I find THIS

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=56626

to be as bad as anything else that Saddam Obama has done.


15 posted on 02/22/2008 8:09:02 PM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: tobyhill
(Obama admits cocaine use and it shows)

If your post were a parade, your lame editorial commentary would be rain.

16 posted on 02/22/2008 8:11:03 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: BARLF

Wonder if it was a set up. I can’t imagine the military wanting him as C in C ...so


17 posted on 02/22/2008 8:14:05 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: 2harddrive

So all any near-homeless loser on the street has to do to gain fame and 10,000 dollars is to turn a video camera on himself talking about having gay sex and drugs with a presidential candidate?

Look, if some actual evidence turns up to back up this Sinclair guy’s story then by all means lets run with it. But until then, it just discredits Republicans if this garbage is what we bring to confront Obama in an election.


18 posted on 02/22/2008 8:14:12 PM PST by MittFan08
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To: tobyhill

Obama has done this in a way which is clever. If the charges turn out to be false, he can say that he didn’t say it was true but that someone told him it was true.


19 posted on 02/22/2008 8:15:30 PM PST by preacher (A government which robs from Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: tobyhill

Is there a better equiped military force?

I hope they track down this pouting captain and put him on latrine duty — with equipment shortages.


20 posted on 02/22/2008 8:16:19 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: tobyhill

It doesn’t matter, if the media doesn’t report it, he didn’t say it.


21 posted on 02/22/2008 8:16:34 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Search for Folding Project - Join FR Team 36120)
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To: rlmorel
You got it. This Lt. may be in some deep water if he wasn’t authorized to talk to the media as he’s done but then he maybe under direction from a sitting Senator to do so?
22 posted on 02/22/2008 8:17:25 PM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: presently no screen name
Wonder if it was a set up.

I was just thinking the same thing. My thought this sounded like a Clinton set up.

Was she smiling or smirking as he told the story?

24 posted on 02/22/2008 8:20:24 PM PST by BARLF
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To: tobyhill
There is a lot of wood to chop between now and November, and it won't be easy.

But the Democrats are not guaranteed to take the White House - because of stuff like this.

25 posted on 02/22/2008 8:21:01 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: Pikachu_Dad
Obama Admissions on Drug Use Could Signal New Era in Politics

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,240992,00.html

26 posted on 02/22/2008 8:22:41 PM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: BARLF

I only got to see the last 5 or so minutes of the debate. Even that turned out to be more than I could handle!


27 posted on 02/22/2008 8:26:33 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Rudder

Why the bogus title about cocaine use? At best, this is sophomoric humor.
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Not even remotely funny considering the bogus accusations against GWB.


28 posted on 02/22/2008 8:27:15 PM PST by soupcon
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To: rlmorel
Anyone who makes statements to be used in the public arena for a political candidate loses an right to anonymity and becomes a public figure. This guy isn’t a whistle blower, he’s a political partisan.
29 posted on 02/22/2008 8:28:09 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: preacher
Obama has done this in a way which is clever. If the charges turn out to be false, he can say that he didn’t say it was true but that someone told him it was true.

It still makes Obama look bad..

and I loved Hillarys story about the border fence running through a college campus ...George Bush was out there personally telling them where to put the fence

30 posted on 02/22/2008 8:29:36 PM PST by woofie (Hope is bad for cholesterol)
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To: tobyhill
Funny thing is, on NBC evening news, DBM central, they actually said, that this incident of not having enough troops or weapons, while it may have happened, it was during training and NOT in Afghanistan! (Which means the Taliban part was completely made up.) But of course Brian says Obama is standing by the story, which is true otherwise.????
31 posted on 02/22/2008 8:29:45 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: soupcon
“Obama Admissions on Drug Use Could Signal New Era in Politics”
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,240992,00.html
32 posted on 02/22/2008 8:29:59 PM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: gidget7

Of course they’ll stick by their story because he found their patsy that will tell the reporters whatever he wants and if there’s a slip then the reporters have got his back.


33 posted on 02/22/2008 8:32:32 PM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I feel the same way. Just as I would have been more than obliged to lend my sympathies to the Jersey Girls, once they became politically active (especially the way they did it) all my courtesy goes out the window.


34 posted on 02/22/2008 8:33:41 PM PST by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: preacher
If the charges turn out to be false, he can say that he didn’t say it was true but that someone told him it was true.

The "campaign team" is standing by the story, however. And if he's spreading lies on the basis of hearsay, then that doesn't really speak well of him either. Of course, if someone's drinking his Kool-Aid, they'll worship him no matter what he does.

At times it's hard to decide which of the candidates I despise the most. I guess when I figure that out, then I'll know who to vote against.

35 posted on 02/22/2008 8:34:25 PM PST by FoxInSocks
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To: tobyhill
I pray that BOZOS like BHO or HRC NEVER become the Commander-in-Chief.

Neither one of these Democrats have the slightest idea how be an EXECUTIVE all they do is "FEEL", "POLL" and "LEGISLATE" based on those FEELINGS & POLLS.

Command requires THOUGHT, deadly choices, more thought and a DECISION. These phonies will take a POLL before they make any command decision.

I just can't fathom a reality with either of these two leftists is the President of the United States!!

36 posted on 02/22/2008 8:35:02 PM PST by PISANO
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To: K-oneTexas

Re “he told the crowd that he was ready to report for duty.” Damned! Is Kerry running again?


37 posted on 02/22/2008 8:35:59 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper (Madmax, the Grinning Reaper)
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To: tobyhill

We have lowered the standards for POTUS so much, who really cares if the candidates admit to drug use (Osama), adultery (McCain) or covering up the sex crimes of their spouse (Hillary)?

If this country can re-elect a President who we KNOW used a cigar to sexually arouse a young woman right in the Oval office, maintaining a sexual affair with her for more than one year as a married POTUS, then who CARES about a homosexual encounter allegation using cocaine 20 years ago, or whether Hillary might be a lesbian, or whether McCain might have had an affair with a lobbyist years back?

This country deserves exactly what it gets in November, whoever ends up living in our White House. We have cheapened the process, and reduced the office to a joke. We’re losing W’s legacy of honor and respect in leadership, and from here, it’s all downhill.


38 posted on 02/22/2008 8:38:04 PM PST by adopt4Christ (The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
The Captain made a fairly big indictment against the military and just because he appears to be backing down he should be forced to stop hiding behind the media anonymous source wall.
39 posted on 02/22/2008 8:39:06 PM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: Max Friedman

Maybe he thought it was original.


40 posted on 02/22/2008 8:40:44 PM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: adopt4Christ

I still remember the old commercial,”This is your brain on drugs” and for every stupid thing that comes out of the mouth of an admitted drug user I attribute it to the drugs.


41 posted on 02/22/2008 8:42:47 PM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: tobyhill
I don't think anybody is suggesting that Obabma has not admitted to having used cocaine. The issue is why did you find it necessary to reference that fact so prominently.

It has no relevance to the specific issue at hand, and, as pointed out earlier, it does nothing but detract from what is a legitimate question about Obama's claims.

If the cocaine card is going to be played on a regular basis, let me know so I can go out and get a new deck......

Right now I only have race, victim and gender cards to play with.

42 posted on 02/22/2008 8:44:12 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: K-oneTexas

Plagarism! Plagarism!!!

Time to SwiftBoat Obama. We did it once, we can do it again.

The truth shall triumph over hype.


43 posted on 02/22/2008 8:45:12 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper (Madmax, the Grinning Reaper)
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To: hole_n_one
Dumb things out of an admitted drug user will be called out prominently. He not only admitted using cocaine, he admitted using marijuana which both are proved to destroy brain cells. He couldn’t even get the whole made up story correct from his bait Captain so my only conclusions are, he’s a liar, he’s a dope head or he’s both but in any case he’s unfit for duty.
44 posted on 02/22/2008 8:51:03 PM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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......but in any case he’s unfit for duty

Well, I certainly can't argue with you there!

45 posted on 02/22/2008 8:52:33 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: tobyhill
Obama said the captain had served as the head of a rifle platoon, which should have had 39 members...been forty years since I left active duty, but I seem to remember back in those days a captain would have commanded a rifle company; a lieutenant would have led a platoon - it probably says a lot about this guy's smarts, effectiveness and professionalism if he is in fact a captain entrusted with no more than a platoon - Obama should check his sources.....
46 posted on 02/22/2008 9:10:24 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: tobyhill

I’m seriously wondering if somebody dropped a piece of disinformation on the Obamination, in the hopes that he would go for it hook, line and sinker ... and make himself look ridiculous.


47 posted on 02/22/2008 9:15:16 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Intolerant in NJ
The story is starting to change because Obama and the unnamed Captain are getting called on the whole story. It’ll all be media forgotten by Monday.
48 posted on 02/22/2008 9:15:21 PM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: tobyhill

Not to worry people, when the stress of the Presidential office hits him I’m sure he’ll be able to cope without the help of barbituates! (nervous laughing)


49 posted on 02/22/2008 9:16:49 PM PST by 444Flyer (11:59:00 PM PST)
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To: tobyhill

Hm...John Kerry said he spoke to leaders of other nations who, he said, wanted him to win the election. Harry Reid has his phantom illegal. And now Obama has his phantom (no doubt Democrat) soldier. Those wascawy wibewals!!!


50 posted on 02/22/2008 9:18:02 PM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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