Skip to comments.UPDATE: Obama Campaign Blames Pentagon for Troop Snub in Germany
Posted on 07/24/2008 6:59:36 PM PDT by kristinn
The Obama campaign has issued a new statement blaming the Pentagon for Obama's controversial decision to scrap visits to U.S. troops and Rammstein Landstuhl military bases in Germany on Friday.
Der Spiegel initially reported this morning that Obama had cancelled the visits without reason. Then as word spread through the political world after the story was first posted at Free Republic, Obama's campaign issued a statement saying Obama thought it would be "inappropriate" to visit the troops while on a campaign trip.
After the McCain campaign issued a statement upbraiding Obama for snubbing the troops saying that it is never inappropriate to visit troops, Obama's campaign issued a new statement blaming the Pentagon:
"We learned from the Pentagon last 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 perveived as a campaign event when his visit was to show his appreciation for our troops and decided instead not to go," Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, USAF (Ret), Obama spokesman.
And the Berlin speech wasn’t political......
* Speeches in stadiums filled with mesmerized, adoring audiences - Check
* An uninspiring background before meteoric rise - Check
* Creates his own new symbols of power - Check
* Associates with racists, hatemongers and violent radicals - Check
* A propaganda machine willing to show him only in the best possible light - Check
* Uses, “glorious leader” style Agitprop posters common in totalitarian nations - Check (see German campaign poster for example)
* Wants Secret Police force - Check
* Somebody powerful people think they can control - Check
* Often dismissed as a light-weight by his opponents - Check
* Seeks to replace God with the State - Check
* People adopting his name as their own - Check
* Inspires adoration art - Check
* Appropriates symbols of past German glory - Check
* Never plans on giving up power - Check (Obama to be president for the next eight to 10 years)
* A narcissistic megalomaniac - Check
* Brazenly Takes credit for other people’s accomplishments - Check
* Wants to build “youth” movement through State service - Check
* Acts as if in power before he is - Check
* Some followers believe him to be divine - Check
Lying sack of s**t
so his visits to the troops in Iraq and Afgahnistan were different???
How thoughtful of Sen. Obama.... wouldn’t want injured troops to look like pieces of marxist propaganda meat on display next to the “messiah”.
I can understand his excuse now. Funny how if John McCain were to visit injured troops no one would see it as propaganda. I wonder why?!?
"Screw you General." Specialist Walsh, US Army, ETS'd many moons ago.
Weaker than you think. The authorities at Landstuhl had a problem with a campaign staffer accompanying the haloed one. That presence would make the visit political. Rather than simply tell the aide to stay behind and go accompanied by senatorial staffers the haloed one bowed out, That’s from a source to NRO from USAF Germany.
Nice try, Major General Gration (ret.)... Where’s attribution to anyone at the Pentagon? If Obama can visit troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and visit the wounded at Walter Reed, why wouldn’t he be able to visitthe wounded in Germany? No, he was working out...
I’m so dizzy!
My head is spinnin’
Like a whirlwind
It never ends
The troops could not attend his political rally, there was nothing to keep him from visiting wounded troops.
I’m an Air Force vet (1970 - 1974), and I am embarrassed for my Air Force that this rebrobate general officer, Scott Gration, once wore the blue.
He was intending to go quietly, without fanfare, and really pay his respects to the troops...
Hey, obamination, YOU are the one that said it was a CAMPAIGN trip - you could have left your “campaign” behind at the gym and gone without cameras....
You are a disengenuos, self-centered, megalomaniac who sees himself as the leader of the new Marxist world he envisions.
But you might want to be careful. You are only a figurehead for the people pulling your strings - some of who I doubt you are even aware of. If they manage to get you to the WH, you may soon have a rude awakening...you will dance to the tune of your puppet masters...
So now it’s the Hussein Obama camp against the US military. What a surprise. The reprehensible truth is that Liberal appeasers hate the US military.
Obama decided it would be inappropriate to visit the wounded troops on a campaign stop.
Obama made the decision "out of respect" for the troops.
Hoops before Troops.
Obama’s excuse is lame as hell.
Slimeball..plain and simple.
Quoting an Obama staffer @ 16.