Andrea Mitchell puts it in perspective http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wub1GvGJomY http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/07/25/pentagon-was-concerned-with-obama-visit-to-hospital/ CNN(CNN) — A top aide to Barack Obama said Friday the campaign canceled a scheduled visit to an American military base in Germany the day before because the Pentagon expressed concerns it would be viewed as a campaign trip. The incident is representative of the delicacy with which the Obama campaign has attempted to navigate the Illinois senator's entire journey abroad — at once staging elaborate photo-ops beamed back to the American media while at the same time insisting that Obama's trip is not a political one by definition. It was a danged if you do and danged if you don't because if he had gone todays headline pushed by the right wing would have been "Obama uses wounded soldiers for political purpose" but as it stood the Pentagon took the first initiative to discourage the visit not Obama. He did visit a medical unit in Iraq so he did not ignore wounded soldiers on his trip. I think the extreme envy of the envy and jealousy pushed people to meddle and muddle the waters but I think Senator Obama clearly wanted to go and was looking forward to it ,so to be fair and balanced I think it was the Pentagon bureaucracy that failed us and not Senator Obama who was walking a tight rope on this trip and successfully so. Thanks to Andrea Mitchell an investigative reporter and journalist for the perspective.