A Disservice to Truth

truth hits the snooze button

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Someone once said, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." Sometimes, though, the truth doesn't even bother to get out of bed.

That is what is happening with the Scott Beauchamp case.

Beauchamp has been proven a liar. He lied to his employer and he lied about his comrades.

The Army has investigated his allegations and found them to be false.

More below the fold.

Army investigators have concluded that the private whose dispatches for the New Republic accused his fellow soldiers of petty cruelties in Iraq was not telling the truth.

The finding, disclosed yesterday, came days after the Washington-based magazine announced that it had corroborated the claims of the private, Scott Thomas Beauchamp, except for one significant error.

"An investigation has been completed and the allegations made by Pvt. Beauchamp were found to be false," an Army statement said. "His platoon and company were interviewed and no one could substantiate the claims."

The tool who is allegedly running The New Republic, Franklin Foer, is standing by its newest Stephen Glass and the lefty trolls are glomming onto a tightly parsed statement by an Army officer as being meaningful:

Foer said the New Republic had asked Maj. Steven Lamb, an Army spokesman, about the allegation that Beauchamp had recanted his articles in a sworn statement, and that Lamb had replied: "I have no knowledge of that." Before going incommunicado, Beauchamp "told us that he signed a statement that did not contradict his writings for the New Republic," Foer said.

In the process they fail to see the irony in the source for this nondenial being none other than a self-referential Foer.

Contrary to what noted moderate, reasonable, Alan Mollohan supporting Republican John Cole says, this is important.

The Beauchamp story is part of a narrative that is designed to besmirch the reputation of those serving in the military services so that it will be possible for the left to publicly defend not supporting them, "not in our name" and all that crap. It is important that Foer be unemployed. It is important that Beauchamp's name become a verb. It is important that this lie be revealed for what it is.

What makes this exercise frustrating is that the Army is not without leaks. It is not unknown what this report contains and its contents, when they are eventually leaked in toto, will be devastating to whatever crediblity Foer has left.

For all of its public pronouncements about this war being an "information war" and a war for "hearts and minds" the Army doesn't seem to have come to grips with the fact that Franklin Foer, consciously or no, is as much in the enemy order of battle as any jihadi website.

Israeli Prime Minister Abba Eban once famously commented that "the Palestinians never miss a chance to miss a chance." Sadly, the same can be said for the US Army.

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How can we win?

"No compromise with the main purpose, no peace till victory, no pact with unrepentant wrong." - Winston Churchill

maybe we don't?

"A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition." -- Rudyard Kipling

It's an Administration fight. And damn them, they won't fight either.
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CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

Consensus doesn't prove anything, in science or anywhere else, except in democracy, maybe. - Reid Bryson, speaking on Global Warming

How the heck do you get fatigued by just sitting on the sidelines listening to the other side babble. I really believe GWB isn't a coward, he just refuses to fight.
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CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

Consensus doesn't prove anything, in science or anywhere else, except in democracy, maybe. - Reid Bryson, speaking on Global Warming

I share your feelings about GWB's failure/refusal to really engage the other side. That said, an Administration has a brief shining moment in the first year after it is elected, and sometimes re-elected, and the rest is just a grind. Most of the grind is internal and never much seen by the public. Even in the best administrations, only a few of the leadership cohort are really worth a damn, many are self-promoting and self-interested, some are well-connected incompetents, and there's always enough just plain scumbags to go around. The bureaucracy is never very cooperative with any administration and is downright uncooperative with a Republican administration. Getting a government to do ANYTHING is like pushing a rope and even if you do get the thing to move, if you turn your back, the rope just slides back where it was. Even the most highly motivated people start finding it really, really easy to just start counting days until it is over or until you can reload and restart after the election. It is especially hard on Republican administrations because they usually have a very thin bench, if any at all, and are always reluctant to shuffle the lineup since the other side always imputes some nefarious motive and tries to make a political issue of it. Democrats both have a deeper bench and are far less reluctant to shuffle people. They can also shuffle people into and out of the bureaucracy much more readily than can Republicans. In the case of the GWB Administration, it has been under unrelenting assault from the elites, the media, the Left, and the bureaucracy since even before his hand came off the Bible. It wears! Though GWB usually keeps a brave face on it, he is a much different man from six years ago.

The FDR four term administration quite literally killed several people, including FDR, and it is easy to see how failing health and endurance on his and others' part really came to effect policy late in his tenure.

In Vino Veritas

Getting involved in any political fight is dangerous for military officers, and severely discouraged. The quickest way to trash your career is to open your mouth on ANY issue with political ramifications. The Army has done exactly what I would expect. They investigated the matter, interviewed the appropriate people, determined the claims to be false, and decided on the appropriate punishment as though there was no political involvement.

The fact that the issue was political is just one more reason the Army won't touch it. Field commanders expect senior officers (military politicians) to make those calls, and they get their marching orders from the administration (Rep or Dem).

Like it or not, the Military has a long history of shunning political battles and relies on the executive branch to carry it's water in this regard. If Bush wants to fight this battle, one word to the Sec Def and word would be sent down chain and the officers at the unit level would be allowed to speak freely to the press and wage the PR battle.

If the word is not given, the officers will say nothing like good soldiers should.

"The only way to negotiate with your enemy, is with your knee on his chest and your knife at his throat." - Anon.

should ever utter a word about. It's a purely political battle and the Administration is AWOL. Just like they've been for the last five years.
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CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

...Franklin Foer, consciously or no, is as much in the enemy order of battle as any jihadi website.

Franklin Foer and his friends at the NYT, etal, are much MORE important in the order of battle than a jihadi website, or even an aQ stronghold in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Jihadi websites don't have much credibility in the US. aQ strongholds can't stand up to the US military in battle. Foer & Friends, OTOH, are given great credibility by the rest of the US media and by the Left. They are the enemy who, IMLTHO, should be at the top of the "order of battle" and who should be engaged ruthlessly. But the Administration, the military and the right in general seems to avoid such confrontation.

This is the reason I wish the Army could find a way to court marshal this jerk and toss him in Leavenworth (or Gitmo) for a while, before giving him a DD and tossing him in the street. I don't want to see this generation of warriors have to form a SwiftVet organization to make sure that STB doesn't get elected President in 20 or 30 years.
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CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

So many times traitors turn out to be far more damaging than the enemy.

Imagine the lift to the morale of the military if AQ were making preliminary plans to withdraw from Iraq, and imagine the hell we would rain down on them to hasten that departure.

the NYT board fired Pinch.
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CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

to end liberalism, as we know it, has been uncovered...

According to "anonymous sources that don't really exist," News Corp. has set in motion its "super-secret" plan to thrust a dagger deep into the heart of the Gray Lady.

Thereby, ending liberalism and making the U.S. safe for all Americans.

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“Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so.” – Ronald Reagan

none-the-less.

It appears that the NYT may kill off "Times Select", the pay wall behind which they've thankfully hidden MoDo and friends. Apparently they only had about 250,000 subscribers.
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CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

The question that often comes to mind when I observe the actions of the left today is just how big an ass are you willing to make of yourself just to undermine the military and/or the Bush administration and/or our efforts in Iraq. Foer is reaching the point of no return. Neither he nor TNR will retain any credibility at all. Sadly, of course, this fact won't deprive them of their primary audience.

 
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