February 27th, 2008
07:50 AM ET
15 years ago

Army general: 'No reason to doubt' Obama's story

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/26/obama.troops/art.obamadebate.ap.jpg caption=" Sen. Barack Obama says he knows of a platoon sent to Afghanistan with a shortage of personnel and equipment."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - 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.

"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," Obama told CNN moderator Campbell Brown.

"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," he added.

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  1. Roberth Holeman

    I just want to say the world has not seen the likes of a man like Sen.Obama in a long time. We need to be thankful. He is a man that is very humbel yet bold and un ashame to tell the nation what it needs to here to help get over the past and move it forward. I stood up to to the Cliton camp. It's time the nation stood up for Sen.Obama
    Ohio Vote for Sen. Obama for jobs jobs jobs............

    February 27, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Marty, Orlando Fl

    Thank you Obama for being so consistent. I aplaud you.
    I know many people don't like Obama but you really have to give the guy credit for being consistently right.

    Hate him for the right reasons, not because you support Hillary.
    Give credit where credit is due

    Obama '08

    February 27, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. B. Smart

    Anyone, after listening to Obama, and top military personel verify his
    superb capability as a leader, still can't grasp his readiness, may not be capable of cerebral thinking.

    OBAMA 08

    February 27, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. AJ

    There is a reason to doubt Obama's story – it came out of his lying mouth. Obama is a con-man.

    February 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. California Independent

    No reason, but they do. The inconsistencies in his story were written about already. Note, this is an event from 4 years ago.

    The shortage in bullets was at TRAINING before they ever went in to battle.

    They are required to capture weapons. Why would troops leave behind weapons to be used against them.

    The standard piece of equipment on their humvee was replaced with a more effective piece of equipment.

    More little ditties in the story. But in Obamaland, Obama never lies, he just 'developes' on an issue.

    February 27, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. slapstick, FLORIDA

    OUCH!! I FELT THAT SLAP OVER HERE. Now this has got to be something that will be useful in the Fall 2008 for the Dems.

    Obama 08

    February 27, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Bubba

    "Thruth" might hurt, but truth is usually painless. CNN, where DO you find these people?

    February 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Independant

    Face it,- our troops are "running on fumes". Our trucks, tanks, and material are running out faster than they are being replaced. The way this war was conceived and carried out was disgraceful. That`s what happens when you allow Neo-Con`s ( Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld ) to basically run the war. Rumsfeld should be court-marshalled for stupidity. Colin Powell tryed to tell them but they knew in all and ignored his "sage" advice.

    February 27, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. julian

    obama's inexperinace is showing and only the young and foolish
    don't se it.his spiritual leader is friend with a fair con who is a anti
    jewish and white bird of a feather stick together he don't know who to meet with.

    February 27, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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