The campaign released the following statement from Command Sergeant Major Craig Layton, USA (Ret.):
"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 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."
While the Washington Post plays defense for Team Obama, even the New York Times is compelled to ask: "Why didn’t Mr. Obama leave his aides behind, even the retired general, and make the visit by himself?"
The Politico can't find an answer to that question either.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Goldfarb: Lost Without His Entourage
Another post in full from Michael Goldfarb,