A Disservice to Truth
truth hits the snooze button
By streiff Posted in War — Comments (16) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
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.