The Dillard Doctrine

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(Mis)Information Warfare

(Honor Bound to Mike Dennin (GoE-VA) for sending me this)

From Denis Keohane’s Obiter Dictum:

During the Democratic Presidential debate between Senators Obama and Clinton last Thursday night (Feb 21), Senator Obama made a claim, quoted in the CNN transcript as follows:

“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. 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.

Now, that’s a consequence of bad judgment.”

The very next day, Senator John Warner, as Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee sent this letter (pdf) to Senator Obama.

Just another example of Mr. Obama throwing our military under the bus because it seems to be the thing to do these days. I’ll reprint his response, if one shows up.

On another-though similar note-the group Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is holding a “Winter Solider Investigation” for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan…where they’ll probably trump up some of the same type of misinformation. There is a petition making its way through the pro-military movement that asks the Senate Armed Services Committee to do the followling of IVAW, should they present the results of their “investigation” to Congress:

* Make request of the Iraq Veterans Aagainst the War that member(s) of Committee staff be permitted to attend the entire Winter Soldier Investigation “testimony” proceedings and be provided access to those testifying.

* That in the event that staff determines that there has been testimony given that touches on areas where, in the words of Senator Warner, the members of the SASC “have a responsibility to establish where in the military chain of command rests the ‘accountability,’ depending of course, on the accuracy of the facts…”, the Committee or a Sub-Committee of its delegation begin proceedings to follow-up on the claims made.

* That the Committee or Sub-Committe investigation be prepared to request and/or subpoena all documents and records, signed statements and recordings, audio, video or digital, that bear on the claims made and being investigated.

* That those making such claims or professing publicly to verify those claims be requested or subpoened to appear before the Committe or Sub-Committee, under oath, to answer questions.

Just looking for the truth….nothing more, nothing less.




Written by Coby Dillard

March 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm

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