The would-be Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama, had this to say during tonight's debate:
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.
So American soldiers are shooting back with Soviet-made Kalashnikovs...?
Do individual soldiers get assigned based on who draws the shortest straw? 24 to Afghanistan, 15 to Iraq, another 2 to Disney Land?
Welcome to amateur hour.
Sidenote (February 26, 2008):
Obama is ethnically Somali, right? His family is from the Somali minority that lives along the Kenya-Somalia border, right? And Somalia is a member of the Arab League, right? And we were all taught in school that Somalia is part of the Arab world, and that Somalis are our fellow Arabs, right?
So doesn't this make Barrack Obama an Arab-American, more so than an African-American? If one is an "ethnic" or "cultural" Arab from Africa, like the majority of Arabs are, doesn't that make one an Arab before being an African?
I was born in Nigeria, but I can't really go around calling myself an African, right? Now, granted I don't know much about Somalia beyond what our Arab Nationalist curricula drilled into my head all throughout my schooling and watching Black Hawk Down. And I can't understand the language spoken by most Somalis, and when talking to me (DC is full of Somalis) they usually revert to classical Arabic, but that's also true of Moroccans and Algerians. Yet it is quite a remarkable thing for the Middle East to consider that not only is Obama is rooted in Islamic heritage, but that he could be an Arab to boot!
A friend of Talisman Gate tells me that although some accounts have suggested that Obama's family had roots in the Somali-speaking east of Kenya and had relocated a generation ago to the shores of Lake Victoria and assimilated within Luo culture, Obama himself has never corroborated those accounts--dressing-up as a Somali notwithstanding. So, pending a genealogical breakdown, we can't definitively conclude that Obama is an Arab. (Sigh).