Jim Marshall (D-Spending Your Tax Dollars Daily) has been over in Pakistan the last few days where he was hard at work bringing jobs back to the 8th Congressional District. No? How about he’s over there representing the pressing interests of his constituents in that country? Still wrong? Okay, okay, he’s just on a fancy trip over there to press the flesh and look all important. Feel better?
Anyway, Marshall, himself a former U.S. Army Ranger and member of the Ranger Hall of Fame, also visited with Special Forces in Afghanistan. While there he said something quite interesting.
“I spoke with members of the Special Force, or Green Beret, A-Teams. These are people who live with the people there and train them to defend and take care of themselves,” Marshall said. “On a previous visit, I stood at (a base camp) and had soldiers point out Taliban who were a few hundred yards away, armed and within shooting distance. Today, that’s not the case.”
Let me understand this. A sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives was previously allowed to visit a base camp in a foreign land where armed members of an opposing force were camped the distance of a few football fields away and were within firing range to kill him?
Who is more dense? The public affairs officer that decided this would be a good place for a visit or the elected official who went knowing that if an attack, of even a limited nature, did take place the soldiers would have to direct significant focus and attention to his protection? Perhaps the terrain was such that any movement would have been immediately detected by our forces, but remember, their base was already, according to Marshall, within firing range. I’ll happily defer to those with more military experience here and elsewhere to help mold my thinking so I’m not ready to call “toro feces” on this statement from Marshall…yet…but it is most curious.
Oh, Hillary Clinton just called in to remind us how heavy the sniper fire was when she landed in Bosnia 14 years ago, as well.