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So long, "Scott Thomas" story….

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Via Matt Sanchez, Beauchamp Recants
New Republic author tells U.S. Army investigators under oath that he made up stories.

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned from a military source close to the investigation that Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp–author of the much-disputed “Shock Troops” article in the New Republic’s July 23 issue as well as two previous “Baghdad Diarist” columns–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.

Separately, we received this statement from Major Steven F. Lamb, the deputy Public Affairs Officer for Multi National Division-Baghdad:

An investigation has been completed and the allegations made by PVT Beauchamp were found to be false. His platoon and company were interviewed and no one could substantiate the claims.

According to the military source, Beauchamp’s recantation was volunteered on the first day of the military’s investigation. So as Beauchamp was in Iraq signing an affidavit denying the truth of his stories, the New Republic was publishing a statement from him on its website on July 26, in which Beauchamp said, “I’m willing to stand by the entirety of my articles for the New Republic using my real name.”

Now go to Matt’s blog and see for yourself a video of what’s going on in Dora, Baghdad and the 1-4 Cavalry

After that, Michael Yon‘s latest dispatch will bring you some more information.

And if you haven’t yet, read Michael Totten‘s article.

And Laughing Wolf‘s on his way to Iraq, too.

Prior post: The Beauchamp story

Round-ups
Instapundit and Michelle Malkin
… and then there’s Ace.
Dr Sanity has BEAUCHAMP AT THE BAT

While we’re at it,
Number of Civilians Reported Killed In Airstrike On Taliban: 200-300
Actual Number: Zero

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The Beauchamp story

Friday, August 3rd, 2007


The New Republic has published an article saying,

All of Beauchamp’s essays were fact-checked before publication. We checked the plausibility of details with experts, contacted a corroborating witness, and pressed the author for further details

I do have a few questions myself on the Beauchamp accusations, as to how did he know the woman’s burns had been caused by an IED attack, how does he know that the bones found were children’s bones, etc., but those are issues that TNR hasn’t addressed, either.

For starters, TNR editor Franklin Foer had previously confirmed that

The first incident–the scarred woman–took place on Forward Operating Base Falcon

Beauchamp didn’t even get the country straight. It wasn’t Iraq. It was Kwait.

Wake Up America has a detailed post on the story.

TNR is going on vacation while the story goes on. Laughling Wolf is spending his vacation at FOB Falcon.

It so happens that Matt Sanchez is at FOB Falcon in Iraq and is taking issue with Beauchamp’s allegations. Today Matt posted that the Army’s investigation has concluded the Beauchamps accusations are false.

If you go read Matt’s blog, an excellent blog which I highly recommend, you will find that Matt:
1. reports directly from the sites he mentions
2. fully discloses his sources.
As you can read for yourself, he explains clearly where he is and who he is interviewing: Matt’s not relying on anonymous sources. He’s got the video, the audio, and the photos backing up the information in his posts.

Of course, Matt’s being discredited because of his past as a a gay p_rn star, a subject I posted about last March. I find it absurd that Matt’s past keeps getting dragged up by the Left, which are supposedly so “inclusive”, “open minded” and “non-judgemental”. After all, Matt was an adult, participating in actions with other adults, freely and out of their own volition.

To the Left, Matt is not credible, while Beauchamp is credible because he’s in the service. Hot Air asks,

given how deeply and fragrantly they love the troops, as they never fail to remind us, does Sanchez’s status as a Marine reserve do anything to rehabilitate the credibility he allegedly lost when he did porn?

But this is a side issue; the real issue is TNR’s credibility.

Via LGF, Confederate Yankee has also been doing some fact-checking on his own:

I’ve also attempting to get verification form a total of five PAOs in Kuwait to see if they have any record of Franklin Foer or any other reporter or editor from The New Republic attempting to contact them prior to publishing the revised Camp Buehring claim to see if TNR made a good faith effort to verify that a contractor matching this woman’s description was based in U.S. military bases in Kuwait.

My opinion is that, IF any of these acusations are true, the witnesses involved have the moral obligation to come forward and on the record, not anonymously, bear witness to whatever has taken place in their presence.

Where are they?

Until that happens, any further allegations as to Beauchamp’s credibility are to be dismissed.

Ace is all over this story like white on rice. Go to his blog and scroll down.

UPDATE
Of Matt Sanchez and Redemption

Some sectors of the Left believe that humanity is perfectible on its own–an idea that is in direct opposition to the idea that mankind is perfectible only by accepting the Sacrifice and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This concept is what many scorners of Christianity fail to grasp–via ignorance, willful or otherwise. What did JC say, time and time again, to those whom He healed? “Go and sin no more.”

I think that the Left is ticked not only at Sanchez for the reasons specified above, but at conservatives and Christians because, in our reaction to Sanchez and others like him, we failed to live “up” to the caricatures which they hold about the Right and about Christians.

UPDATE, Sunday 5 August
It’s Official: Beauchamp’s Claims Debunked by Army Internal Investigation
Commander’s Initial Reaction to Beauchamp Allegation

Matt Sanchez in Fallujah

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Marine Matt Sanchez continues his posts as an embed. Here’s his latest, with photos: Fallujah–From Near, from Afar
While you’re there, go to his right sidebar and listen to the troops In Their Own Words. This is not the AP reporting on Harry Potter and the War on Terror; this is the real thing.

Confederate Yankee = APDD antidote

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Updated, Wednesday 11 July

A while ago I defined Associated Press Deficit Disorder as
Associated Press Deficit Disorder: the innatention of Associated Press and other news agencies to the actual words said by a person who doesn’t fit what AP wants to hear.

This week’s antidote to Associated Press Deficit Disorder? Confederate Yankee

Go read his posts
When Does a Massacre Matter?
A Hunting We Will Go
Associated Press Prints Immediate Correction
AP Responds to DecapiGate
AP: Screw the Facts, Protect the Narrative

Forget about AP.
Go read the guys who are there now, or who have been there recently:
Michael Yon in Iraq
Matt Sanchez in Iraq now, and Afghanistan
Michael Totten, who is heading to Iraq right now.
Michael Fumento is back from Afghanistan

Read their articles, look at their pictures, get the real story. And please, contribute to their blogs through PayPal if you can.

UPDATE, Wednesday, 11 July
Laws, Sausages and Journalism, and Second Chances
And Security operations in Basra, the second largest city in Iraq, soon to be transferred to Iraqui forces

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Embed in Iraq: Operation Alljah

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Matt Sanchez continues to blog from Iraq: Operation Alljah, with photos. Go read it, since you won’t find anything like this in the MSM

Matt Sanchez reports from Iraq as an embed

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Matt Sanchez isn in Iraq, and has a great article, Outside the Wire–A day in the Life with photos.

Go read every word.

Michael Fumento has a great series of posts in his Afghanistan Diaries chronicling his experiences when he was an embed in the country last March. He also has great photos.

Update, Friday 15 June
Don’t miss also Michael Fumento’s The Other War:
Afghanistan is Winnable, but Victory Can’t be Taken for Granted

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Corporal Matt Sanchez

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

The obnoxious Max Blumenthal has his shorts tied in a bunch because the conservatives honored an Hispanic Marine hero Republican at CPAC.

And, aside from the conservatives honoring an Hispanic – because, as I have been told by a Liberal or two, “Hispanics have to be liberal” – why would that get Max upset? Because Corporal Matt Sanchez did gay p_rn and worked as a male escort sometime in his past, and conservatives, at least in Max’s homophobic mind, have “psycho-sexual issues”.

Here are three conservatives that don’t:

Jane, who I met in DC: Liberals Relish “GOTCHA!” Moment at the Expense of Corporal Matt Sanchez.

Gay Patriot West: Using Matt Sanchez’s Past to Dismiss Conservative Ideas

That said, Matt Sanchez is a part of all that he has met. His past figures into the man he has become. But, people do have a right to their own private lives, to deal with their past mistakes – or merely just past experiences which no longer represent their present actions – in their own way. Once again, it seems that all too many are all too interested in the apparent hypocrisy of conservatives, more interested in defining us so that they may more readily dismiss our ideas. Without even considering what we have to say.

Don Surber:

Liberals think they can attack people based solely on their skin color, their gender or the religion if the victim is a conservatives. It is as if the 14th amendment has a clause that says, “except for conservatives — you can beat them like a rug if they are conservatives.”

That is plain wrong. I wish someone on the left had the guts to call Blumenthal the homophobe he is.

Keep waiting, Don.

While I believe that Sanchez’s past actions were wrong, the matter is that for all that has been said, a. he was an adult, engaged in activities with other consenting adults, and more importantly, b. he has given up those actions (emphasis added):

I don’t like p_rn, it reduces the mind, flattens the soul. That’s not hypocrisy talking, that’s experience. If I started off with liberal leanings, being on a gay p*rn set should have been heaven. In p_rn, everything taboo is trivialized and everything trivial is projected. How does a conservative trace his roots to such distasteful beginnings? Like all followers of a cult, it’s tough to figure out when you stopped believing in the party-line, but I can tell you that by the time I finished my summer tour of the major studios, I was pretty disgusted with myself. It was an emotional low, and the people who surrounded me were like drug dealers only interested in being with the anesthetized in order not to shake off the stupor of being high. Why did I become a conservative? Just look at what I left, and look at who is attacking me to today? Let’s face it people, you’re all cynical enough to know that if I had espoused liberal causes, spoken out against the military, got a liberal award for courage and then outed with a p_rn-past, you’d be clamoring for my memoir, and nominating me for a diversity ticket with Barack Obama.

And with Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd and Barney Frank.

Here is Matt Sanchez’s blog.

Update: Behold, a new creation

To understand American conservatives, even those who aren’t themselves Christian, you need to understand Christianity–not as it appears in vicious stereotypes and smears on left-wing blogs, but as it is really preached and practiced and understood. As I am fond of pointing out, a lively Christian faith is actually a great defense for American liberty, and a firewall against ideological zeal and extremism. And as seen in the response to the revelations about Cpl. Sanchez, it keeps us human.

As for those who outed him and had this blow up in their face, I pray they look at Chuck Colson’s example and take it to heart. There’s more to being human than just scoring political points.

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Correction: This quote came from JunkYardBlog, via Cat House Chat.
(Note I spelled it p_rn because of filters.)