I thought this was a little bit too convenient. The military sandbagged the Obama campaign with this troops visit nonsense.
They'd better get used to it and prepare for it. The military brass are hostile to Democrats, particularly one who is young and has no military experience or relationship to military culture. One of his greatest tests as president will be asserting his authority with the Pentagon and fighting off their bureaucratic end runs and dealing with their sympathetic starry eyed machismo worshippers in the press. It's a serious challenge.
Update: Let the phony emails begin:
As you know I am not a very political person. I just wanted to pass along that Senator Obama came to Bagram Afghanistan for about an hour on his visit to ‘The War Zone’. I wanted to share with you what happened. He got off the plane and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram. As the Soldiers where lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and didn’t say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights)
so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service. So really he was just here to make a showing for the American’s back home that he is their candidate for President. I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are providing the freedom that they are providing for you.
I swear we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball Players or the Dallas Cowboy Cheer leaders than from one of the Senators, who wants to be the President of the United States. I just don’t understand how anyone would want him to be our Commander-and-Chief. It was almost that he was scared to be around those that provide the freedom for him and our great country. If this is blunt and to the point I am sorry but I wanted you all to know what kind of caliber of person he really is. What you see in the news is all fake.
Update II: Via K Drum, I see that this letter has been dubunked. Not that it matters. Obama isn't a Muslim either. It's "out there."