Mea Culpa

The s*** is hitting the fan about an email posted all over the blogosphere about the veracity of a GI who gave a ‘first person’ account of part of Barak Obama’s “fact finding” tour last week. I chose to post the GI’s words here after I came across it on another milblog. My first inkling that all was not as it appeared – gasp! – came in the form of a comment to me from a Vietnam veteran friend.

I went back to my original source, and find that, in fact, the GI is recanting some of his words. Curiouser and curiouser, even though some of the information in the original email was retracted, there appears to some interesting choice of photo images. From Blackfive:

The Army Times and AP Use False Photo to Denounce “Obama Blew off the troops” email

Posted By Blackfive

RE: Obama’s visit to Bagram

First, I must say thank you to commenter FreedomWarrior. Without his cynical posts, I would not be able to point this out.

The Army Times decided to weigh in on the email from Afghanistan about the Obama visit. Please go read their account.

Yes, for the thousandth time, we have established that Senator Obama did not play basketball at Bagram airfield or visit a specific tent.

I apologize, sincerely and contritely, for posting an email from a soldier in Afghanistan suggesting that Senator Obama played basketball.

However, that is not very important in establishing whether he did indeed blow off the troops (like Landstuhl). I posted photos of the Senator meeting with troops at Camp Eggers and other places. He did meet with troops and did not blow them off at other bases. This is a fact (one that we here at Blackfive helped establish). I commend Senator Obama for visiting the troops and making his first trip to Iraq.

I have been asking for photos and searched for hours for photos of the Senator talking to troops at Bagram. That would debunk this whole notion that he didn’t talk to the troops at Bagram, wouldn’t it?

At that Army Times post, part of their evidence is a photo of Senator Obama talking to troops at Bagram – the caption states “Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama speaks to troops at Bagram Air Field on July 19.“.

Here’s the AP photo on the Army Times site:

Army_obama500_072708 AP Photo

Just one minor problem here – that’s not Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

THAT’S CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT.

There is more – of course – and you really should read that here.

And yes, the Army Times DID weigh in, and go directly to the source in the sandbox.


Officer: Part of anti-Obama e-mail was wrong

By Matthew Cox and Rick Maze – Staff writers
Posted : Sunday Jul 27, 2008 10:04:27 EDT

An Army officer’s negative e-mail account of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s visit with the troops in Afghanistan that set the blogosphere ablaze prompted Army officials to correct aspects of the e-mail and resulted in a statement from the message’s author that “some of the information that was put out in my e-mail was wrong.” (source)

In that interview, the original writer of the email says:

“I am writing this to ask that you delete my e-mail and not forward it, after checking my sources some of the information that was put out in my e-mail was wrong. This e-mail was meant only for my family. Please respect my wishes and delete the e-mail and if there are any blogs you have my e-mail portrayed on I would ask if you would take it down too.”

I have removed this original post as per this soldier’s request. Yes, of course, this whole incident does raise questions about the integrity of us bloggers who rushed to print. In this instance, I am as guilty as much of the msm who I have always been quick to accuse of apparent bias. BUT – as anyone who knows me will tell – if the main player in this whole trip had been McCain, or anyone else, with the same email sent out, I would have printed it. I like to think that my political opinions do not get in the way of even-handed presentation of the facts. In this case, I did print something that the source later retracted. And yes, unlike the msm, I am printing MY apology on the “front page,” not page G36.

I am guessing that this GI has now learned what many of us have been aware of for a loooooong time. Once anything goes out on the internet, the original author loses control of it.

It is often said that in times of war, truth is the first victim. This episode has reminded me of the need for vigilance in the pursuit of that truth.

No excuses from me though – mea maximus culpa.

Brat

Obama: Pentagon "Hints," BO "Distracts," HuffPuff "Deceives"

Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie’s Notebook

Does anyone think the Pentagon issues “hints” to a Presidential candidate? In an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, Hemmer asked Obama to clarify why he did not visit a U.S. Military hospital when in Germany. Obama said the following:

There was a hint [from the Pentagon] that it might end up being perceived as a political issue, because of some blowback we’ve received…

And he says:

…we had never intended to take cameras in. Our intention was not to publicize this at all.

The Huffington Post, however, offers a direct quote with a named Pentagon spokesperson:

We told him he could visit Landstuhl (Regional Medical Center in western Germany) with his Senate staff, but not with his campaign staff,” said Army Lt. Col. Elizabeth Hibner.

How embarrassing for Senator Obama.

Then here’s a version from TMP Central, Greg Sargent speaking:

I’ve just gotten clarification from the Pentagon on what really happened with regard to Barack Obama’s canceled visit to an Army base in Germany,…

A Pentagon spokesperson confirms to me [Sargent] that because of longstanding Department of Defense regulations, Pentagon officials told Obama aides that he couldn’t visit the base with campaign staff. This left Obama with little choice but to cancel the trip, since the plan to visit with campaign aides had been in the works for weeks.

Obama the Presumptive was “left with little choice…? The campaign aides couldn’t cool their heels long enough to get Obama to the hospital?

So which is it? Did the Pentagon say:
(1) you can go with your Senate staff, but not your campaign staff and you cannot take cameras?
(2) you can’t go because it is a campaign event
(3) well, it might be perceived as political, so…

The clear answer is No. 1.

NOTE: Among The Huffington Post’s coverage, they helpfully provide a link to a Pentagon ruling (or so it would seem):

When Obama cancelled his military base visit, he was responding to a Pentagon ruling:

Click it and see where it takes you. It’s a perfect example of the fine art of deception.

Here’s another example of deception: Senator Obama speaks of “distracting” the troops.

The last thing I want to do is in anyway distract the terrific work that’s being done in terms of treating our troops by getting it fouled up by a bunch of politics, so since I had a chance to visit the folks in Walter Reed, we had a chance to visit folks in Iraq, I didn’t want it to be a distraction.

Remember this slap-in-the-face from the would-be Commander-in-Chief while standing in front of a crowd of Berliners?

Will we [America or “we” the World???] reject torture and stand for the rule of law?

Can he think those lying wounded in military hospital beds, and those wounded and bravely moving on with their lives, were not “distracted” by his indictment of them as torturers, because that’s exactly what he said, not what he hinted.

More deception: CBS News, Fox News, The AP and many more reported on Obama’s “quiet” trip to Walter Reed Hospital a few weeks ago
.
CBS News: Obama Quietly Visits Wounded War Vets
Fox News: Obama Quietly Visits Veterans at Walter Reed
The AP Obama quietly visits wounded vets at Walter Reed

You can view the video of the Hemmer-Obama interview here

DoD Lab Helps to Resolve Century-Old Russian Mystery


Over the years our military expertise has contributed much to civilian society.

Since the massacre in 1918 of Nicholas II and his family in Russia, many mysteries has continued as to who – exactly – was murdered then. Courtesy of the Defence Dept DNA identification lab, comes the following:

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2008 – A Defense Department DNA identification lab has helped bring to a close a near-century-old mystery, laying to rest a search for the remains of two children executed alongside the rest of the family of Russia’s last czar.

Click photo for screen-resolution image
This male leg bone sample found in a small grave in Russia positively identified the remains there as the only son of the last czar of Russia, eliminating rumors that some escaped the family’s execution in 1918. Courtesy photo
(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available.

In the midst of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1918, the imprisoned Nicholas II, his wife and five children were shot and killed along with four loyal servants in the basement of a merchant’s house. The ruling Bolshevik party eventually would become the communist party of the Soviet Union.

What happened to the bodies remained somewhat of a mystery for years. Rumors circulated of survivors of the execution. Hundreds came forward over time claiming to be a surviving member of the royal family. The most prominent was Anna Anderson in 1920, who claimed to be the czar’s youngest daughter, Anastasia.

More than a decade ago, the Russian government asked the Armed Forces DNA Identification Lab in Rockville, Md., to use its cutting-edge technology in DNA testing to help confirm the identify the royal family’s remains after a mass grave was discovered. The lab positively identified the remains of the czar, his wife and three daughters, and later disproved Anderson’s claims of royal heritage….

I found this a fascinating insight, not only into the Russian mysteries, but also the inner workings of the DoD. Go read the rest of this here.

DoD Lab Helps to Resolve Century-Old Russian Mystery


Over the years our military expertise has contributed much to civilian society.

Since the massacre in 1918 of Nicholas II and his family in Russia, many mysteries has continued as to who – exactly – was murdered then. Courtesy of the Defence Dept DNA identification lab, comes the following:

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2008 – A Defense Department DNA identification lab has helped bring to a close a near-century-old mystery, laying to rest a search for the remains of two children executed alongside the rest of the family of Russia’s last czar.

Click photo for screen-resolution image
This male leg bone sample found in a small grave in Russia positively identified the remains there as the only son of the last czar of Russia, eliminating rumors that some escaped the family’s execution in 1918. Courtesy photo
(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available.

In the midst of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1918, the imprisoned Nicholas II, his wife and five children were shot and killed along with four loyal servants in the basement of a merchant’s house. The ruling Bolshevik party eventually would become the communist party of the Soviet Union.

What happened to the bodies remained somewhat of a mystery for years. Rumors circulated of survivors of the execution. Hundreds came forward over time claiming to be a surviving member of the royal family. The most prominent was Anna Anderson in 1920, who claimed to be the czar’s youngest daughter, Anastasia.

More than a decade ago, the Russian government asked the Armed Forces DNA Identification Lab in Rockville, Md., to use its cutting-edge technology in DNA testing to help confirm the identify the royal family’s remains after a mass grave was discovered. The lab positively identified the remains of the czar, his wife and three daughters, and later disproved Anderson’s claims of royal heritage….

I found this a fascinating insight, not only into the Russian mysteries, but also the inner workings of the DoD. Go read the rest of this here.

Myth vs Fact

Myth Fact
Islam: Religion of peace.

Sahih Muslim Book 019, Number 4347:

It has been narrated on the authority of Umar, who said: The properties abandoned by Banu Nadir were the ones which Allah bestowed upon His Apostle for which no expedition was undertaken either with cavalry or camelry. These properties were particularly meant for the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him). He would meet the annual expenditure of his family from the income thereof, and would spend what remained for purchasing horses and weapons as preparation for Jihad.

Tafsir

Your Amerika…Not My America

By Dean, July 27, 2008


This election brings my America to a crossroads. The viral maniacs on the left can’t wait to turn this country upside down with their newly elected Fuhrer…er…president….the great, the wonderful Barak Hussein Obama….gee…ain’t he pretty. And hey he makes you feel good too. Wow. I just can’t wait.


Mr. Eurobama, the worlds president, appeaser of nations, leader of fools, reading canned deception from his teleprompter, and followed around by his groupies from the MSM like a bunch of gaga eyed teenagers following their rock idol.


Get ready for the “change” that will be ushered in by this maniacal leftist and while you’re at it take a good look around at my America, for it’s the last time you will see her. The new Amerika
is on the way aided and abetted by the usual suspects.


Now I could go into a long list of these criminals but I ask you what’s the point?


Are you paying attention??


America seems more concerned about who will be the next “American Idol” or what’s playing at the movies or can I get a double Mac with cheese please, than what’s going on inside our own country.


While you sit at home watching all your propaganda news programs passing time or running around the mall looking for the next best deal, your local leftist propagandists are busy converting you and your progeny into ‘bots…good little sheeple.


Are you a Democrat? Really? Will you vote strict party lines? If you answered yes to these questions then I must tell you that YOU are my enemy and as long as you remain a faithful follower of the Democrat mantra YOU will remain my enemy and I will fight you.


Why do we still call you Democrats anyway? Your socialist circle is nearly complete. The “cat is out of the bag”. The Democrats want to control health care, oil and free markets. Next will be housing and food. When salary caps, wage controls, and mass housing are under their thumb there will be no stopping them peacefully.


Democrats? More like Marxists if you look closely at their agenda.


You can read this article at American Thinker; Why Do We Call Them Democrats


This one; The Soviet Art of Brain Washing


And this one; The Devouring Dragon of Socialism Eating America


Perhaps the most important of them all my friend Snoopers “The List of 45” here.


Read it, understand it, and remember it when you vote.


My America and yours is at stake.


I would be remiss if I didn’t issue this warning to you socialist scum. Visit my house at your own peril.


You are my enemy and I will deal with you as such…I don’t hesitate…and I don’t miss.


Take that any way you like.


Your Amerika…Not My America

By Dean, July 27, 2008


This election brings my America to a crossroads. The viral maniacs on the left can’t wait to turn this country upside down with their newly elected Fuhrer…er…president….the great, the wonderful Barak Hussein Obama….gee…ain’t he pretty. And hey he makes you feel good too. Wow. I just can’t wait.


Mr. Eurobama, the worlds president, appeaser of nations, leader of fools, reading canned deception from his teleprompter, and followed around by his groupies from the MSM like a bunch of gaga eyed teenagers following their rock idol.


Get ready for the “change” that will be ushered in by this maniacal leftist and while you’re at it take a good look around at my America, for it’s the last time you will see her. The new Amerika
is on the way aided and abetted by the usual suspects.


Now I could go into a long list of these criminals but I ask you what’s the point?


Are you paying attention??


America seems more concerned about who will be the next “American Idol” or what’s playing at the movies or can I get a double Mac with cheese please, than what’s going on inside our own country.


While you sit at home watching all your propaganda news programs passing time or running around the mall looking for the next best deal, your local leftist propagandists are busy converting you and your progeny into ‘bots…good little sheeple.


Are you a Democrat? Really? Will you vote strict party lines? If you answered yes to these questions then I must tell you that YOU are my enemy and as long as you remain a faithful follower of the Democrat mantra YOU will remain my enemy and I will fight you.


Why do we still call you Democrats anyway? Your socialist circle is nearly complete. The “cat is out of the bag”. The Democrats want to control health care, oil and free markets. Next will be housing and food. When salary caps, wage controls, and mass housing are under their thumb there will be no stopping them peacefully.


Democrats? More like Marxists if you look closely at their agenda.


You can read this article at American Thinker; Why Do We Call Them Democrats


This one; The Soviet Art of Brain Washing


And this one; The Devouring Dragon of Socialism Eating America


Perhaps the most important of them all my friend Snoopers “The List of 45” here.


Read it, understand it, and remember it when you vote.


My America and yours is at stake.


I would be remiss if I didn’t issue this warning to you socialist scum. Visit my house at your own peril.


You are my enemy and I will deal with you as such…I don’t hesitate…and I don’t miss.


Take that any way you like.