Fact Check: Obama’s Platoon Story

Wow! A few days ago, the leftist New York Times ran an anonymous source based story about John McCain on the front page in an effort to discredit the presumptive GOP nominee for President.

But, when B. Hussein Obama comes up with his own anonymous source based story, no one seemed to notice or even ask if the story was true. Here is what Obama said:

“You know, I’ve heard from an Army captain who was the head of a rifle platoon _ supposed to have 39 men in a rifle platoon,” Obama said. “Ended up being sent to Afghanistan with 24 because 15 of those soldiers had been sent to Iraq.

“And as a consequence, they didn’t have enough ammunition, they didn’t have enough Humvees. They were actually capturing Taliban weapons, because it was easier to get Taliban weapons than it was for them to get properly equipped by our current commander in chief.”

His source? An anonymous Army Captain. Where was the press at the time? Why weren’t they clamoring all over B. Hussein Obama for verification and a way to corroborate the story?

They weren’t there because as the John McCain story (and the world famous Dan Rather Air National Guard Memo story) reminded us, anonymous sources are not to be trusted.

From TownHall.com:

Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to release the name of the captain, citing the soldier’s privacy, and pointed to an ABC News account as verification of the story. Obama learned about the captain’s allegation from a staffer who had spoken with the captain, according to Vietor.

ABC News said it talked to the unidentified captain, whose account of shortages in Afghanistan was for the most part accurately summarized by Obama, although not verified.

The captain said, however, that the unit did not go after the Taliban for the purpose of getting their weapons, but sometimes used those weapons when some were captured.

I for one, do not believe Obama or ABC ever talked to such a soldier. Time may prove me wrong, but for right now, and until someone legitimately wearing a U.S. Army uniform with Captain’s bars on the collar comes forward to claim credit for the above statements, I don’t believe it.

Senator John Warner, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has sent a letter to Barack Obama asking for more information about this platoon and the whereabouts of this Captain.

As I said above, I don’t believe the Obama campaign or ABC News will be obliging in their responses.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Fact Check: Obama’s Platoon Story
TownHall.com
February 22, 2008

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