**WELCOME INSTAPUNDIT READERS**
**4PM UPDATE: Private Beauchamp’s financee/wife is none other than a reporter-researcher at The New Republic. How convenient. Ace also reports that TNR is now in full CYA mode by firing people and looking at email records.
Hey, I think I see a pattern forming here. Aww, and just maybe they met under the romantic aura of that abortion rally?
First, mucho apologies for my blog silence the past week. Things are quite hectic at work and my travel schedule around the USA has been completely crazy (and filled with apathetic/mean US Airways employees).
In any case, I’ve been reading about the latest meme on US atrocities in Iraq — courtesy of “Scott Thomas” — the past few days. This morning, Scott Thomas is revealed.
My Diarist, “Shock Troops,” and the two other pieces I wrote for the New Republic have stirred more controversy than I could ever have anticipated. They were written under a pseudonym, because I wanted to write honestly about my experiences, without fear of reprisal. Unfortunately, my pseudonym has caused confusion. And there seems to be one major way in which I can clarify the debate over my pieces: I’m willing to stand by the entirety of my articles for the New Republic using my real name. I am Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp, a member of Alpha Company, 1/18 Infantry, Second Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division.
My pieces were always intended to provide my discreet view of the war; they were never intended as a reflection of the entire U.S. Military. I wanted Americans to have one soldier’s view of events in Iraq.
It’s been maddening, to say the least, to see the plausibility of events that I witnessed questioned by people who have never served in Iraq. I was initially reluctant to take the time out of my already insane schedule fighting an actual war in order to play some role in an ideological battle that I never wanted to join. That being said, my character, my experiences, and those of my comrades in arms have been called into question, and I believe that it is important to stand by my writing under my real name.
—Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp
Now, I certainly don’t deny that individuals go off the reservation and do nutty and abhorrent things both in war (Abu Grahib) or under pressure of crisis (Ray Nagin). Especially in a war where one whole political party back home in the USA has a policy of denial, failure and retreat.
But let’s state the facts here as we know them this morning: The New Republic has still not corroborated anything Private Beauchamp wrote. And just because Scott Thomas has a real name, doesn’t mean what he wrote is real or true. After all, any Army Private with a knack for writing and an active imagination can write a piece of war fiction.
The New Republic says a formal military investigation has been launched at the base where Private Thomas/Beauchamp claims he was stationed when these alleged atrocities occurred. Good! If there are facts to back up “Scott Thomas'” tale of war gone bad, then people — including Beauchamp, apparently — need to be prosecuted and court martialed.
But I’m highly skeptical when we live in an era of Liberal Lies Extraordinarily Manufactured On the News (LEMONs): John “Genghis Khan” Kerry, Dan Rather, Joe Wilson, 2004 Lancet Study, Jack “Cold Blooded Haditha” Murtha… the list is becoming endless.
And luckily, this is what the blogosphere is all about… to find the real truth.