In last night’s debate, when Barack Obama floated that anecdote about US soldiers in Afghanistan who had an easier time getting the ammunition they needed from captured Taliban than through Army supply channels, I remember thinking — I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this story. Obama said he’d heard the story from an Army Captain describing his unit’s experience in-country.
Often in cases like this, even if the story is completely on the up-and-up, the pol will get some fairly inconsequential detail wrong. Or even if they get it all right, they get whacked around because some pundit who’s read a few John Keegan books decides it can’t possibly be true. And the rightwing blogs have apparently been going nuts over it since last night.
But Jake Tapper picked up the phone, asked the Obama campaign to put him in touch with the Captain, called the Captain in question, and the story checks in every detail.
Jake’s got the details.