Scandal! Pentagon or Blogosmear or Both?

As you in the blogosphere might know, and as you in the blogosmear are fully complicit in, Confederate Yankee (“Bob Owens”) now claims that Pvt. Beauchamp is completely discredited:

Col. Steven Boylan, Public Affairs Officer for U.S. Army Commanding General in Iraq David Petraeus, just emailed me the following in response to my request to confirm an earlier report that the U.S. Army’s investigation into the claims made by PV-2 Scott Thomas Beauchamp made in The New Republic had been completed.

I know that’s what they WANT to prove, and the coordinated blogs (wonder how many were included in the “Executive Privilege”strategy conference call from the White House last week, called for by Captain’s Quarters blogger Ed Morrissey?*) have all jumped on the “story.”

[* ‘White House, Bloggers Plot Privilege Defense’]

Except: WHY is a private citizen (with a very specific agenda) receiving emails straight from General Petraeus’ Public Affairs officer, UNLESS this is all of a whole cloth?

Let’s take this a step further: WHY would Petraeus’ Public Affairs officer respond to a blogger’s email request for information that discredits a private in a political scandal with a pro-Administration spin unless the Administration was in on it? Does anyone seriously think that if I emailed for confirmation of the opposite I’d get a reply? No: the lid would be clamped down if the opposite result had been “revealed” by that internal investigation. It’s entirely too political for the Pentagon to touch, UNLESS they were playing politics with full White House approval.

The Army does NOT make its internal investigations public without a court order, as a rule, and it CERTAINLY doesn’t release the information through a sympathetic blogger … unless this is being coordinated from the top, and is a White House policy.

Or, do you believe that Petreus is running a “rogue” operation?

Come on. There is a scandal here, all right.

Tinker to Evers to Chance: White House to Petreus to Confederate Yankee and blogosmear.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the swiftboating of Private Beauchamp by the commanding general of the Iraqi forces, almost undoubtedly on direct orders from the White House. Let them answer the charge, or stand convicted by their very silence.

Because commanding generals in theater DO NOT pursue their own media campaigns, at least since Douglas MacArthur.

So, either they’ve screwed up and let the mask slip, or else Confederate Yankee is a pathological liar, and the rightie blogs that cite him are credulous and gullible as hell. (Which might explain their almost rabid defense of an illegal, failed Iraq war.)

And The New Republic has credibility problems?

More to come.

Courage.

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6 Responses to Scandal! Pentagon or Blogosmear or Both?

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    A guy says that the normal excesses of war are happening in this “war” and the reaction is outrage? (And this at the same time that Sgt. Hutchins just got sentenced to fifteen years for involvement in the normal excesses of war.) Even if the original story had been a total fiction it would not have lessened the essential truth of it. To have lives destroyed in a totally predictable fashion in pursuit of a completely unjustifiable strategy of aggression is a pure travesty, and would rest heavily upon the soul of GWB, had he one.

    Oh, yeah, then the accused guys denied it. Go figure!

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    A guy says that the normal excesses of war are happening in this “war” and the reaction is outrage? (And this at the same time that Sgt. Hutchins just got sentenced to fifteen years for involvement in the normal excesses of war.) Even if the original story had been a total fiction it would not have lessened the essential truth of it. To have lives destroyed in a totally predictable fashion in pursuit of a completely unjustifiable strategy of aggression is a pure travesty, and would rest heavily upon the soul of GWB, had he one.

    Oh, yeah, then the accused guys denied it. Go figure!

  3. I have to question the whole thing! WTF is Confederate Yankee doing with email responses from General Petreus? So let me get this straight, it came out about soldiers getting checked out on what they posted about, and a civilian can get direct emails from the commanding general? Something stinks with this one! I’m a former Marine, so maybe the general would be so kind as to send me an email. If you’re in the sharing mood general, maybe would be so kind as to send me an email. Lets wait for that to happen!

  4. I have to question the whole thing! WTF is Confederate Yankee doing with email responses from General Petreus? So let me get this straight, it came out about soldiers getting checked out on what they posted about, and a civilian can get direct emails from the commanding general? Something stinks with this one! I’m a former Marine, so maybe the general would be so kind as to send me an email. If you’re in the sharing mood general, maybe would be so kind as to send me an email. Lets wait for that to happen!

  5. Not the Commanding General. Just his Public Relations aide, in charge of ALL embedded media in Iraq.

    And, as it turns out, the public relations officer in Kuwait, as well, who claims to be “further researching” for information to send this private Rightie blogger. See today’s post for details.

    For something that was started because chickenhawk Michael Goldfarb at The Weekly Standard thought the story didn’t “smell right,” this all sure as hell stinks to high heaven.

  6. Not the Commanding General. Just his Public Relations aide, in charge of ALL embedded media in Iraq.

    And, as it turns out, the public relations officer in Kuwait, as well, who claims to be “further researching” for information to send this private Rightie blogger. See today’s post for details.

    For something that was started because chickenhawk Michael Goldfarb at The Weekly Standard thought the story didn’t “smell right,” this all sure as hell stinks to high heaven.