Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Beauchamp Mess

Hey there everybody! Sorry you haven't been hearing too much from me lately, I've been very busy growing my business. God bless America!

Admittedly, I haven't been following the Scott Thomas Beauchamp story as closely as I normally would. But while hitting my favorite blogs this morning, I saw this at Michelle Malkin's blog:

The Weekly Standard has learned from a military source close to the investigation that Private 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.”

This guy is a real piece of work, isn't he? It will be interesting to see how the nutroots respond to this...no doubt they will cry "Conspiracy!" and accuse the Bush Administration of threatening him if he didn't recant...or something equally as stupid. This whole thing stinks. I wonder how his fellow soldiers feel? Rhetorical question, of course.

JASmius adds: One more Goldfarb quote:
Now that the military investigation has concluded, the great unanswered question in the affair is this: Did Scott Thomas Beauchamp lie under oath to U.S. Army investigators, or did he lie to his editors at the New Republic? Beauchamp has recanted under oath. Does the New Republic still stand by his stories?

Scott Thomas Beauchamp frog-marched to the stockade. I wonder if the New Republic will cover that.