Wednesday, August 08, 2007

People Playing Soldier for the Left

How many stories have there been about leftivist soldiers, involved with Moveon and various other anti-war groups, turning out to be civilians (or some claiming to have witnessed "atrocities" only to have it revealed that they were never deployed)?

Quite a few that I can recall.

Now the "Baghdad Diarist" is being called into question.

"An Army investigation into the Baghdad Diarist, a soldier in Iraq who wrote anonymous columns for The New Republic, has concluded that the sometimes shockingly cruel reports were false.

“We are not going into the details of the investigation,” Maj. Steven F. Lamb, deputy public affairs officer in Baghdad, wrote in an e-mail message. “The allegations are false, his platoon and company were interviewed, and no one could substantiate the claims he made.”

Michael Goldfarb, the online editor at The Weekly Standard who had initially raised doubt about the columns, wrote yesterday that The Standard had learned from a source close to the Army investigation that Private Beauchamp “signed a sworn statement admitting that all three articles he published in The New Republic were exaggerations and falsehoods — fabrications containing only ‘a smidgen of truth,’ in the words of our source.”

Earlier, The New Republic had conducted its own investigation and found only one inaccuracy: the story about the disfigured woman had occurred in Kuwait before the unit arrived in Baghdad..." (source)

I'm not saying that no member of the military has ever committed an unsavory act. I'm sure the frustration of fighting and seeing your brothers die for a people that don't seem to show an ounce of appreciation must be very exasperating. What I am saying, that I have been saying all along, is that I don't understand why the left is fighting so hard to protect the rights of non-American terrorists while they are so quick to condemn those in uniform. They uniformed members they embrace turn out to be fakes and we saw from the Kos Kid's Conference how real members of the military are received in their midst...

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