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:
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.
By Dan Ephron
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
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.