Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Former CMS on Obama's Non-Visit to Wounded Troops

I haven't blogged about Senator Obama's overseas trip. There's been sufficient comment from so many sources, all of them saying much of what I wanted to say. However, I did see this nugget of sanity at The Tank at National Review On Line that was too priceless not to note.

Former CSM of Landstuhl on Obama [Gregory S. McNeal]

The former Command Sergeant Major of Landstuhl from 2003 to 2005 released this statement today regarding Senator Obama's decision to not visit wounded soldiers in Landstuhl:

Having spent two years as the Command Sergeant Major at Landstuhl Hospital, I am always grateful for the attention that facility receives from members of Congress. There is no more important work done by the United States Army than to care for those who have been wounded in the service [of] our country. While Americans troops remain engaged in two hot wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a steady stream of casualties to the hospital, and a steady stream of visitors who wish to meet with those troops and thank them for their service.

Senator Obama has explained his decision to cancel a scheduled visit there by blaming the military, which would not allow one of his political advisers to join him in a tour of the facility. Why Senator Obama felt he needed an adviser with him to visit U.S. troops is unclear, but if Senator Obama isn't comfortable meeting wounded American troops without his entourage, perhaps he does not have the experience necessary to serve as commander in chief.

UPDATE: Check out this tongue-in-cheek video about Senator Obama's trip to Germany from the Republican National Committee.

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