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You Can Always Count on The Nation
Posted by: Dale Franks on Friday, August 03, 2007

Sometimes, I wonder if the editors of The Nation aren't just wrong, but if they're even living on the same planet as the rest of us. Take a look at their take on the Scott Beauchamp deal.
The war began on July 13, when The New Republic published a "Baghdad Diary" by "Scott Thomas," an Army private writing under a pseudonym about U.S. atrocities in Iraq. Thomas described his participation in the mockery of a female soldier disfigured by an IED, claimed he witnessed troops intentionally running over dogs in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and alleged that another soldier played with the skulls of dead Iraqi children.

In attempt to challenge the wild notion that atrocities could occur amidst a violent occupation...

Beauchamp has placed his career in extreme jeopardy and subjected his private life to the scrutiny of right-wing trolls, all to confirm his published account of U.S. atrocities in Iraq.
Ummm, okaaay. We're kinda throwing the whole atrocities meme around pretty casually, aren't we? I mean, Scott Beauchamp wasn't writing about how his unit machine-gunned POWs, forced themselves on the local women, or blew up hospitals. Even if all his stories were absolutely true, at the end of the day, it would mean that insensitive remarks were made, remains in an old graveyard were used for a bit of sport, some stray dogs got bumped off, and a few buildings ended up with missing cornices.

Mr. Beauchamp's tales may be unpleasant, but it's hardly a picture of rampaging Mongol hordes.

Apparently, in these more sensitive times, the bar for "atrocity" has been set pretty low.

Amusingly, they then go on to explain how Matt Sanchez's opinions should be dismissed, because of, you know, all the butt sex.
 
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...the wild notion that atrocities could occur amidst a violent occupation...TNR for its part has just completed a review of Beauchamp’s diary and found only one minor error.
Priceless!
 
Written By: JWG
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One minor error.... Yep, TNR believed him.
 
Written By: Jay Evans
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Nothing interferes with "The Liberal Narrative"
 
Written By: SShiell
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...found only one minor error.
The hive mind already believes this. It’s a known fact.
Amusingly, they then go on to explain how Matt Sanchez’s opinions should be dismissed, because of, you know, all the butt sex.
The creepy obsession with Sanchez on the Left is revealing in light of the fact that Sanchez contributed only one minor piece of information to this story, and his information has already been confirmed true.
 
Written By: Aldo
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I agree about their obsession with Sanchez - they must imagine the entire GOP is baptist ministers or something.
 
Written By: Harun
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"Beauchamp has placed his career in extreme jeopardy and subjected his private life to the scrutiny of right-wing trolls,..."

Career? I wouldn’t call a one-term enlistnent a career, and I certainly wouldn’t call what he intentionally puts on the internet for anyone to see his "private life"
 
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