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.”
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.