First, I must say thank you to commenter FreedomWarrior. Without his cynical posts, I would not be able to point this out.
The Army Times decided to weigh in on the email from Afghanistan about the Obama visit. Please go read their account.
Yes, for the thousandth time, we have established that Senator Obama did not play basketball at Bagram airfield or visit a specific tent.
I apologize, sincerely and contritely, for posting an email from a soldier in Afghanistan suggesting that Senator Obama played basketball.
However, that is not very important in establishing whether he did indeed blow off the troops (like Landstuhl). I posted photos of the Senator meeting with troops at Camp Eggers and other places. He did meet with troops and did not blow them off at other bases. This is a fact (one that we here at Blackfive helped establish). I commend Senator Obama for visiting the troops and making his first trip to Iraq.
I have been asking for photos and searched for hours for photos of the Senator talking to troops at Bagram. That would debunk this whole notion that he didn't talk to the troops at Bagram, wouldn't it?
At that Army Times post, part of their evidence is a photo of Senator Obama talking to troops at Bagram - the caption states "Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama speaks to troops at Bagram Air Field on July 19.".
Here's the AP photo on the Army Times site:
Just one minor problem here - that's not Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
THAT'S CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT.
Here's the official US Army Photo of the same group of people (and we posted photos of Senator Obama signing autographs there too).
The main problem here is that Snopes and the Army Times are claiming that the email was either a hoax or completely false. When I stated that I was reasonably certain it was legit, that was from a non-hoax point of view. I knew it was from a real soldier in Afghanistan. And my responses were based on the claims that it was not a real soldier in Afghanistan who sent the email.
So, here we have a patently FALSE photo in the Army Times from the Associated Press.
And I keep getting all kinds of email about how dishonorable I am for posting the email in the first place...
That takes care of the Army Times and the AP. Now, on to Snopes:
Now, while the Senator may certainly wear the same shirt on more than one day, the photos of him in Afghanistan are like this:
The photos of him in Iraq are these (the embassy in Baghdad, Ramadi, and a flight line):
I do not doubt that the Senator met troops in Afghanistan (I was the first to post photos of him at Camp Eggers). But it seems, at least likely, that the photos that Snopes has are of Senator Obama speaking with troops in Iraq.
Snopes is usually very reliable. Perhaps this was an error.
Update: Via a reader, here is an AFP photo showing Senator Obama and the brass at what appears to be Bagram. This should validate the Snopes photos above.