The Smoking Pun

I have spoken of the manner in which Michael Goldfarb has orchestrated this blog “scandal” by calling for pieces, then quoting said pieces, lather, rinse, repeat. OK. Easy as 1,2,3.

1. Goldfarb is the center of the scandal hoohaw:

Talking Points Memo
By Josh Marshall
08.10.07 — 3:29PM

If you’ve been following the Scott Thomas Beauchamp Affair, I strongly recommend reading the latest update from The New Republic. The short version is that the Army’s investigation of the case appears to be confined to a) releasing no information about their investigation or details of its findings, b) leaking alleged details to the Weekly Standard, which no one will confirm on the record and c) keeping Beauchamp himself in communications lockdown where no one but family members in monitored conversations can communicate with him.

2. Goldfarb gives the sound bite

OK. On August 9:

Tall Tales?
The New Republic is standing by a disturbing account written by a GI in Iraq, even as the Army says the stories are not true.
WEB EXCLUSIVE
By Dan Ephron
Newsweek
Updated: 3:54 a.m. PT Aug 9, 2007″I think this story fits really well into their narrative and the left’s narrative of the soldier as both victim and perpetrator of the war,” Goldfarb told me in a phone interview from his home in Boston.

3. Krauthammer repeats the sound bite

August 10:

By Charles Krauthammer
The Washington Post
Friday, August 10, 2007

Because it fits perfectly into the most virulent narrative of the antiwar left. The Iraq war — “George Bush’s war,” as even Hillary Clinton, along with countless others who had actually endorsed the war, now calls it — has caused not only the sorrow and destruction that we read about every day. It has, most perniciously, caused invisible damage — now made visible by the soul-searching of one brave and gifted private: It has perverted and corrupted the young soldiers who went to Iraq, and now return morally ruined.

Funny how they use the same language and all.

Gee, you don’t suppose they’re in cahoots, GUNNING for The New Republic? Hmmm.

Courage.

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14 Responses to The Smoking Pun

  1. Hart

    Classic of how the noise machine works. If you haven’t read this piece from RFK, JR from April 05, read it – http://www.thedemocraticdaily.com/the_disinformation_society.pdf

  2. Hart

    Classic of how the noise machine works. If you haven’t read this piece from RFK, JR from April 05, read it – http://www.thedemocraticdaily.com/the_disinformation_society.pdf

  3. Darrell Prows says:

    “To the victor go the spoils” actually originated as a phrase related to real warfare. “The spoils” is shorthand for “rape, loot and pillage”. And now, against how many thousands of years of human experience, the right wing has sanitized warfare!

    Heck, since it’s not even real bullets and real blood we can just go on about invading anyone we feel like. We’re really only there to help anyway, and pass out choclate bars in our spare time.

  4. Darrell Prows says:

    “To the victor go the spoils” actually originated as a phrase related to real warfare. “The spoils” is shorthand for “rape, loot and pillage”. And now, against how many thousands of years of human experience, the right wing has sanitized warfare!

    Heck, since it’s not even real bullets and real blood we can just go on about invading anyone we feel like. We’re really only there to help anyway, and pass out choclate bars in our spare time.

  5. And spreading freedom and democracy. Don’t forget them. Chocolate bars, schools, freedom and democracy.

    And 110,000 AK-47s and 80,000 pistols.

  6. And spreading freedom and democracy. Don’t forget them. Chocolate bars, schools, freedom and democracy.

    And 110,000 AK-47s and 80,000 pistols.

  7. VietnamVet says:

    Who out there really believes what Charles “Crap-hammer” has to say anyway? Many people feel sorry for this guy because he is paralyzed from the waist down. I feel sorry for him because he is apparently paralyzed from the neck up! He is nothing more than a right wing, spin machine. No small wonder that he is a frequent visitor on Fox news, where fair and balanced consists of presenting one side of the story, and praise for the Bush war. He is in league with all those retired colonels and generals that appear on Fox supporting the war, but don’t even believe what they put out themselves!

  8. VietnamVet says:

    Who out there really believes what Charles “Crap-hammer” has to say anyway? Many people feel sorry for this guy because he is paralyzed from the waist down. I feel sorry for him because he is apparently paralyzed from the neck up! He is nothing more than a right wing, spin machine. No small wonder that he is a frequent visitor on Fox news, where fair and balanced consists of presenting one side of the story, and praise for the Bush war. He is in league with all those retired colonels and generals that appear on Fox supporting the war, but don’t even believe what they put out themselves!

  9. This lying while our kids are dying wasn’t any fun the last time around, and this time, they don’t have any excuse for not having known better.

    The idea that one human being has to die for anybody’s ego is the ultimate obscenity of war. The idea that dozens, hundreds, thousands do …

    Didn’t we go in to kill Saddam Hussein and both of his sons? Haven’t we done that?

  10. This lying while our kids are dying wasn’t any fun the last time around, and this time, they don’t have any excuse for not having known better.

    The idea that one human being has to die for anybody’s ego is the ultimate obscenity of war. The idea that dozens, hundreds, thousands do …

    Didn’t we go in to kill Saddam Hussein and both of his sons? Haven’t we done that?

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