He Who Must Not Be Blamed

February 22, 2008

The lil’ wingers of the blogosphere have been in full froth mode over this statement made by Barack Obama at last night’s Democratic debate in Texas:

“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,” he 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.”

Obama used the story to make a point about how the Iraq invasion diverted resources from the important work being done in Afghanistan — a fact still not acknowledged in the dream bubble inhabited by the increasingly small, increasingly shrill band that still support Lord Bushemort, known in wingnut circles as He Who Must Not Be Blamed. In the dream bubble, no fact that reflects badly on Bushmort can possibly be true, and so it was rejected out of fact.

Unfortunately for the bubble-people, ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper tracked down the origin of the story:

I find that Obama’s anecdote checks out.

Some are quibbling about whether or not the “commander in chief” can be held responsible for how well our soldiers are being equipped, since Congress provides the funding for the military, but the Pentagon (and ultimately President Bush) are in charge of the funding mechanism.

I might suggest those on the blogosphere upset about this story would be better suited directing their ire at those responsible for this problem, which is certainly not new. That is, if they actually care about the men and women bravely serving our country at home and abroad.

That closing paragraph is rich with laugh-lines for anyone who’s been paying attention over the last several years. The rumpus-room warriors of the right care about soldiers only to the extent that they can be used as props in the long-running drama that stars George W. Bush as the stalwart defender of America in the War On Terra. They’re a fact-resistant bunch, these bubble people, and I predict that by the dawn of business on Monday they’ll have cooked up some new angle that allows them to keep calling Obama a liar.

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One Response to “He Who Must Not Be Blamed”

  1. Caveat Says:

    Our guys (Canucks) are in Afghanistan too, we’ve been there for a few years now.

    We’re trying to convince NATO to send some more troops.

    Gotta get rid of the Taliban so the Afghans have a chance. Of course, we are there by invitation, so maybe it’s not glamorous enough or something. The US has troops there, I’m talking about other NATO members who aren’t sending enough forces. Some of the ones that have been deployed are hiding out in the relative safety of the North.


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