August 15, 2007

Carrying Them Out on Their Shields

Milblogger and two-tour Iraq veteran John Rohan, who writes at The Shield of Achilles, absolutely eviscerates some of the more vocal defenders of Franklin Foer's whitewash of an investigation, and the poorly-written combat fiction of Scott Beauchamp that appears in The New Republic.

Rohans delivers Sullivan, Yglesias, Drum, Marshall and others take a well-deserved thrashing, administered by their own words in this retrospective, but I'd advise you not to hold your breath for any of them to apologize.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 15, 2007 10:24 AM

I'm not going to lie to you, I love a good evisceration!

Posted by: T.Ferg at August 15, 2007 01:11 PM

This is just stupid. All Rohan does is list a bunch of bloggers who credibly defended Beauchamp's writings, and then says "Of course, we now know they were completely and utterly wrong because the Army has issued a definitive report that says none of this is true, a report we unquestioningly accept as a refutation of everything Beauchamp eat crow lefties."

If that's what counts for an evisceration, then please link to and eviscerate me as I could use the blog traffic.

Posted by: Xanthippas at August 15, 2007 03:36 PM

Xanthippas translated: I hope I can get more traffic by pissing off a bunch of conservatives who will never visit my site anyway.

Posted by: C-C-G at August 15, 2007 08:25 PM

First we got the "How dare you question him! He's a soldier!" Then, we got the "How dare you talk about it after he's been disproven!" Then we got the "So what, it doesn't mean anything that he lied through his keyboard!" Now, we get, "Hey come to MY blog!"

These lunatic moonbats are nothing if not amusing.

Posted by: Conservative CBU at August 16, 2007 12:42 AM

Yep, they're amusing all right..... Until you realize they're allowed to vote and run for office. 8-(

Posted by: SDN at August 16, 2007 05:25 AM

Why is it the moonbat left won't ever bring up the fact the guy recanted?

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at August 16, 2007 03:43 PM

They can't and won't bring it up because it implodes their narrative-bubble - it's one of their cognitive foundations. Bubbles...

Posted by: DirtCrashr at August 16, 2007 04:38 PM

Here is TNR Editor at Large and former Chief Editor Peter Beinart talking with Jonah Goldberg of National Review. Goldberg lets Beinart set the agenda--both agree that the facts (or lack therof) that underlie Beauchamp's accounts are of no particular importance to the story. TNR's fact-checking and its repeated representations to its readership of its editorial policies and actions aren't even brought up.

Beinart pats TNR on the back about its performance in the scandal, expresses surprise about silly conservatives getting worked up about the whole thing. The issue, Beinart asserts, is whether Liberals Support The Troops, and whether TNR can bravely state over milblogger opposition that, yes, sometimes U.S. Troops *do* do bad things.

Part of the "Declare Victory and Move On" campaign.

Posted by: AMac at August 16, 2007 05:33 PM
Why is it the moonbat left won't ever bring up the fact the guy recanted?

Well, you see, The Weekly Standard and their anonymous source are big fat liars and they should not be considered. Whereas TNR and their anonymous sources? Truthy, and should not be questioned.

Posted by: Pablo at August 16, 2007 08:53 PM

I think that the MSM will come up with an angle for the other Beauchamp piece; about the Glocks.
Deliverance's author's kid, Chris Dickey, who once wrote a book about one crazy contra; Commander Krill; who was put out his misery, like
the monkeys in Outbreak; has written a piece for
News Weak that says that those glocks were originally only Iraqi police, but yadda, yadda, us Americans did keep track so they ended up everywhere; including in a shooting of a Catholic
priest in Ankara. Now this is as surprising as the fact that the gangs sometimes have weapons better than the LAPD; really, no; but wait for
this argument in 3.2.1. . .

Posted by: narciso at August 16, 2007 09:44 PM