Wednesday, May 28

We're no longer in Kansas, Senator Obama

Charles Krauthammer made observations tonight during the Fox News discussion that point out why questions about Obama's misstatement regarding an uncle helping to liberate "Auschwitz" are not frivolous.

Charles said simply that Auschwitz is "the awful word;" knowing what was done at those camps means knowing the word must never be invoked casually.

He said it better than I've summarized. Very moving, and a sharp reminder of many things. Perhaps he will elaborate on his comments in his column this Friday for the Washington Post.

I did not want to post on the issue yesterday because I didn't want to make political 'hay' from the terrible events at Auschwitz. Yet after seeing today that Dan Riehl, whose judgment I respect, considered Obama's remarks in need of examination I realized that politics was not the issue. Charles's words underscore that point.
Dan Riehl at Riehl World View is on the case:
Okay, so we have supposedly learned that it was Obama's Great Uncle that liberated a sub-section of Buchenwald, not an uncle at Auschwitz. But if sources are correct and unless there's some arcane military history in his favor, Obama still has a problem.

His only Great Uncle is Charles W. Payne. It at least appears that no one by that name from Kansas served in the Army during WWII.

Charles W. Payne of Kansas, with a similar birth era, served in the Navy during WWII.
Read on.

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