Your Guide to the Troop Hospital Non-Scandal

Election '08

So here's what happened. Sen. Obama, having visited wounded soldiers in Iraq, planned to do the same in Germany. Then he canceled, presumably because he agrees with the Pentagon's statement today that it would "not [be] acceptable" to use the Army hospital in the quaint town of Landstuhl as a campaign stop. Obama's people say they talked it over with the military for a while, and both entities decided it was a bad idea.

But fans of John McCain, playing into popular Republican themes this week, still suspect the dignity of the U.S. Armed Forces has been trod on, so they teem and rage. At the Web site, for example, someone with access to a computer has opined that "Wounded Vets Don't Count With Obama." Points out fellow iJournalist "pat1755":

He [Obama] dont know what he is sayin just anything to make people like him He tells people over there our dirty little secrets we are not perfect blah blah then snubs our troops give them no credit they don't die to get 72 virgins in heaven they die to help people.

After the break, a guide to this non-thing.

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