Bob Krumm writes Obama’s claims are wrong in detail but right in overall thrust — but he’s still wrong.
The link to Bob Krumm has the following gem:
The truth behind the story is far less damning–if even damning at all. The captain (he is a captain now, but was a lieutenant when all this occurred back in 2003!) didn’t have half his platoon in one theatre while the rest was deployed somewhere else. Instead his unit, as a result of normal personnel rotations, had lost soldiers who had been transferred elsewhere and hadn’t yet been replaced.
I can only state the following in response- no fucking shit. Let’s review what Obama stated:
I heard from a Army captain, who was the head of a rifle platoon, supposed to have 39 men in a rifle platoon. Ended up being sent to Afghanistan with 24, because 15 of those soldiers had been sent to Iraq.
Did these military geniuses really think Obama was suggesting this guys platoon was cut in half, with first and second squad sent to Afghanistan, and third and fourth sent to Iraq? Because if that is the case, these folks have clearly OD’d on Cheeto dust and are dumber than I even thought they were.
Of course that is what happened- soldiers were moved to fill out units deploying to Iraq and elsewhere, as THAT WAS THE PRIORITY AT THE TIME. His unit, not deploying to Iraq, was given a lower priority on replacements. Which is, as you may be aware, precisely the point Obama was trying to make:
Now that’s a consequence of bad judgment, and you know, the question is on the critical issues that we face right now who’s going to show the judgment to lead. And I think that on every critical issue that we’ve seen in foreign policy over the last several years — going into Iraq originally, I didn’t just oppose it for the sake of opposing it. I said this is going to distract us from Afghanistan; this is going to fan the flames of anti- American sentiment; this is going to cost us billions of dollars and thousands of lives and overstretch our military, and I was right.
Jesus. We need some better wingnuts. I don’t want to get all syrupy about the soft bigotry of low expectations, but if they simply drool on themselves it is a step in the right direction from this kind of deep thinking.
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And the mind-meld continues.