Via John Cole comes this CNN headline - Army general: 'No reason to doubt' Obama's story.
Army chief of staff Gen. George Casey, testifying on troop strain before the Senate Armed Forces Committee Tuesday, said there is "no reason to doubt" Sen. Barack Obama's military shortage story during CNN's debate in Austin, Texas, last week.And ABC adds:
..."We acknowledged and we all worked together to correct the deficiencies with equipment that we saw during that period, not only Afghanistan but in Iraq," he said in response to the question posed by Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham, a longtime supporter of GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.
Casey said the Army has purposefully not tried to seek out the captain individually. But he did contact the platoon's brigade commander, which belonged to the 10th Mountain Division, and reviewed the division's readiness reports.So Obama's story checks out - but even so, the military are maintaining it 'didn't impact the mission"? If so, then that's a testimony to the adaptability and resilience of soldiers who weren't properly supported by the Bush administration, surely.
Casey said the brigade was manned at 100 percent during its entire deployment, but that it is possible a particular platoon within the brigade was not manned at the desired level.
"There may have been some spot shortages in spare parts and ammunition," he said. "But the commander said that there were never a shortage of ammunition that impacted the units ability to accomplish its mission."
And the retractions of allegations that Obama was flat-out lying from wingnuttery so far? Nada. Just the sound of (blowhard) wind and blowing tumbleweed.