Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp Tells the Tall Tales

I don’t know if many of you have heard of the New Republic, a liberal magazine (to put it mildly) owned by CanWest Corp.  Several stories have been published under the name Scott Thomas, an Iraqi War Veteran which outline atrocities carried out by our troops.  Sensational news, yes?  I am sure it would be, if any of it were TRUE.

 Scott includes stories of an Iraqi boy who befriends American troops, only to have his tongue cut out by insurgents.  Another tells of soldiers mocking a disfigured woman.  Also, bored troops supposedly run over dogs with armored personnel carriers.

All of the above has been categorically denied by the Army.  They reached this conclusion after investigating each of these claims and found all of them to be false.  During the investigation, all the soldiers from the author’s unit refuted all his claims.

Now Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the author of these stories, admits all three articles were exaggerations and falsehoods.  He volunteered this information on the first day of the military’s investigation.  What’s funny though is that the New Republic claims it did an independent investigation of its own, with Beauchamp stating in this investigation that his stories are true, and stands by its stories.

Interestingly, other than Beauchamp now stating the stories were true, the New Republic did not explain its methods of investigating the veracity of the stories.  However, they did state that Beauchamp had “his cell phone and computer taken away and is unable to communicate even with his family.  His fellow soldiers no longer feel comfortable communicating with reporters.   If further substantive information comes to light, the New Republic will share it with you.”

The New Republic did admit that one of the tall tales meant to illustrate the ‘morally and emotionally distorting effects of war’.  The story they are referring to, involved the disfigured woman.  As it turned out, this allegation was raised BEFORE Beauchamp even entered Iraq and occurred in Kuwait, and NOT as he claimed, in the military messhall in Iraq.

So now the question of the day is…..did Beauchamp lie under oath to US Army Investigators when he admitted the falsehoods, or did he lie to the editors of the New Republic?  The New Republic standing by its stories after this clearly indicates their “news” isn’t worth the paper it is written on.

I have stated this before and will continue to scream this from the rooftops.  This is NOT Vietnam.  To see the news media engaging the same tactics as those used in Vietnam sickens me.  What those service members came home to should NEVER be repeated.  Yet, I am seeing it again. 

Is this the way we thank our military?  Making up tall tales of atrocities that don’t occur?  For those armchair quarterbacks engaging in these tactics I will say one final thing:  you’re not worthy to stand in the footprints left behind by one of our soldier’s boots.  Damn you all.

God Bless the Troops!

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