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A soldier's-eye view of Obama in Afghanistan
(note: there is a new and important
post script added to the end of this article.)

Sometimes the news story needs to be told by a writer. But, at other times, the view of the guy or gal on the ground in a war zone is the best way to get the first hand report that the media accompanying Sen. Barack Obama is trying to conjure up to convince the world that Obama is "presidential timber" when in fact he is noting more than a stray twig that took root in the wrong place.

When Obama hit Germany yesterday, the German media addressed him as "President Obama." The communists of Europe love any communist, even an American one. Obama's "high stakes" debut on the foreign stage would be a joke except it is not funny. What is a joke, and what is funny, is Obama's facade, adroitly concealed by the mainstream media who repeatedly compared Obama to JFK when he visited the Berlin Wall. Obama and the media are doing everything to make Obama appear to be a titan in a world of political giants when he is, in fact, a midget is a Europe of political dwarfs who see themselves as the new titans of the world in search of a puppet to do their bidding.

Here is the view of one of those foot soldiers who winning the two wars Obama insists we lost. Listen to his words and form your own opinion. He begins:

Subject: Obama's Visit

Hello everyone,

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 were 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 Cheerleaders than [from a Senator] 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.

In service,

CPT Jeffrey S. Porter
Battle Captain
TF Wasatch

POST SCRIPT NOTE (added 7/30/08):
A staffer on Capitol Hill told me that after Capt. Jeffrey Porter's email hit the cyberstream and the folks back home began to forward his message, someone in the Obama camp reportedly complained to the military. It is further my understanding (but I can't confirm it) that Porter's commanding officer in Bagram informed him that military regulations prohibits uniformed military officers from making political statements, noting that in this case that officer—Porter—could possibly face charges if he did not recant his email remarks against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Hussein Obama (who is also on the Foreign Relations and Veteran's Committees). Heeding the advise of his superiors, Porter officially withdrew his email statement about Obama's indifference to the troops he was ostensibly there to support as he met with the field commanders to assess the action on the ground.

In his revised statement to the media (a copy of which was apparently also send to Snopes.com (which had inquired to the military about the email report) Porter said he was "...writing this to ask that those in receipt of his email to delete and not forward it." His statement continued: "...After checking my sources, information that was put in my email was wrong." What this means (in my limited view) is that Porter is saying he didn't observe what he saw and what Obama did and did not do was misconstrued by him. I'll believe that when pigs fly. Porter's public apology to Obama continued, proving that he did observe what he observed, and accurately recounted it. He said: "The email was meant only for my family...and if there are any blogs [which have] my email...I would ask if you would take it down, too. Thanks for your understanding."

Interestingly, Snopes.com, which received first hand information back from the military on this one, clearly understood that [a] Porter did write and send the email, and [b] that even though he wrote precisely what he saw, Snopes.com chose to label the report as false on its own website and chalked it up to misinformation based on "...tales of prominent Democrats snubbing or acting rudely towards military and security personal (and tales of those personnel responding in kind) have been a common form of political rumor over the last few decades, so it was probably only a matter of time before an example of such popped up during the 2008 presidential election cycle." It is becoming clear that Snopes has taken sides in this dog fight.. Of course, I have, too. But then, I don't fly under a "neutral observer" flag.

Once again, while I want to make it clear that I can't prove the Obama Campaign instigated the effort to "erase" Capt. Porter's email from existence so Obama can later claim on his smear website that it never happened, I learned long ago—when it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.

Capt. Porter's recanting, and his "plea" for anyone who has his email to dump it into File 13 proves two things. First, it proves that he did write it, and that he wrote what he observed. Second, it also proves he was threatened with retaliation for blowing the whistle on the most unpatriotic politician ever to seek the office of the Presidency. Capt. Jeffrey Porter is a man who has put his life on the line to protect the right of all people to exercise their right to speak their mind without fear of reprisal from the State. I think a man who has put his life on the line to protect my right and your right to speak our minds should also have the right to tell his family that it is his personal opinion that Obama is an unpatriotic snake. And, if Porter's father wants to tell his friends what a snake Obama is, he also has that right—military regulations be damned.

Once again, you have my two cents worth on this issue.


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