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Words DO matter

Reported by Chrish - February 22, 2008 -

So on the front page of the FOXNews.com website right now 2/22/08 10pm ET it says

• Military Doubts Obama Claim About Troops in Afghanistan

Clicking through the link http://youdecide08.foxnews.com/2008/02/22/military-questions-obamas-claim-that-under-equipped-troops-used-taliban-weapons/ the article tells the tale:

"During the debate, (Obama) said he was told by an Army captain heading a rifle platoon that he was sent to Afghanistan with 15 fewer soldiers than he was supposed to have because the other troops were sent to Iraq.

“And as a consequence, they didn’t have enough ammunition; they didn’t have enough Humvees,” Obama said. “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.”

The Army captain Obama mentioned later told FOX News that in fact he and his platoon were fighting near the Pakistan border with only three Humvees, one of which had no doors and no roof.

The captain, who asked not to be identified, said his mounted machines guns stopped working and without the proper parts to repair them the troops were forced to scavenge for Taliban weapons. The captain said he met Obama in 2003 and later told his story to an Obama staffer.

Army spokesman John P. Boyce Jr. issued a statement saying: “Without a unit designation or time frame of deployment, it’s difficult for us to verify the validity of what was told to the senator. Our soldiers deploy as complete units — either as companies, battalions or brigades, and they do so with every soldier armed with his or her individual weapon. … Army units and individual replacements arrive in country fully capable to conduct combat operations.”"

Being unable to verify a statement is a far cry from "Military Doubts Obama Claim About Troops in Afghanistan," and it is the captain's claims that need to be verified, not Obama's. As Bill O'Reilly ranted about Michelle Obama for several days, "words matter."

And speaking of Michelle Obama's "words," she made two speeches that day (Monday 2/18) in Madison and Milwaukee, WI. FOX and the rest of the right-wing media chose one over the other to pounce on. Watch the video and guess which one got all the hysterical play.

Spin, spin, spin.