Oh, Wow. What a freakin' week.
First off, we have Retard of the Week, Private Beauchamp, a stunning specimen who proves the truism that even pond scum can make it through Basic Training if they try hard enough to hide their real nature.
He's been debunked, lambasted, and torn to pieces. It's been revealed that the main reason he was published is that he's married to a writer at New Republic, and "Franklin Foer Doesn't Want To Tell TNR Staffer Elspeth Reeve Her Husband Is A Liar". Of course some folks on the Left can't accept that he's a liar. . . But there are folks who discuss this better than I can.
In his own words,
I’m Scott Beauchamp, in the army, living in Germany, and this is my life, and I’m going to be treated like shit today and do landscaping and janitorial work and practice killing people and there could be no other way to appreciate what I had or what I’m going to have once I get out other than enduring this now when all I really want to do is teach history and lay around and read and hustle around and repair the world (tikkun olam) and sift through knowledge and improve culture and learn how to sail and work in soup kitchens and start a family and really, I mean REALLY study the best the western civilization has to offer and facilitiate the mystery and power through everything I do, but I cant do it without getting through this army experience first, which will add a legitimacy to EVERYTHING i do afterwards, and totally bolster my opinions on defense, etc, and of course its making me a lot less lazy, just because im not use to being lazy any more, etc
ill return to america an author
bavarian stories in some sort of rounded metaphysical order...personality death stories intersecting with poesy home memory reflections. You begin with a place and an action and let it carry in every direction till the words are vibrating on the page, dripping in thick robust delapidated barnhouses of adjectives and pronouns...no time for the subtle gray faced calculations of a PERFORMED intimacy...go...but remember what Kerouac forgot: revision is spontaneous also.
a brief coming back to america introduction, stories about soldiers, prositutes, innocent students rendered featherless by dark rivets of experience and the decadence of human pursuits in every vein...and then there's the veins...follow 'em.
He now has the undivided attention of his First Sergeant, who is a scary-looking mo' fo' if I do say so myself.
JD Johannes, AFAIK the first person to pin down his unit precisely, points out the real tragedy of this story, that it obscures the heroism and honorable service of the Soldiers out there fighting the fight without attention-seeking fictions.
I can't imagine one of my Soldiers pulling a stunt like this. However, he's garbage. He's a PV2, according to AKO (invariably accurate--it pulls data from the pay system) but was, in September, a PFC.
Translation for the military-impaired? Before this whole thing blew up, he had already gotten in enough trouble to get busted once.
No big thing--everyone I know who's worth anything has gotten busted before, to include myself. But this, combined with the drivel from his blog pins him down perfectly for me. A Soldier who is convinced he is Special, smarter than anyone else, better, by virtue of his political beliefs or education or alleged writing talent (I can at least spell mostly correctly, use mostly standard grammar, and punctuate). He feels unappreciated for his obvious genius, and engages in attention-seeking behaviors to compensate.
In other words, nice blog, shame about your penis.
Meanwhile, Jack "Semper I" Murtha lies, evades, and insults the father of a Marine who was charged with murder in Haditha, but whose case has been dismissed.
Ward Churchill is suing because he got fired for academic dishonesty, plagarism, etc. As a progressive once told me in regards to Rush Limbaugh, Freedom of Speech is not a guarantee that one will be paid for using one's speech. I guess Ward never got that memo.
Remember the Lancet study? I didn't buy it then. A couple (flaming liberal anti-war) folks tried to tell me that the statistical methods were impeccable, but apparently David Kane disagrees. A lot.
Mike Yon has a look inside some TOCs.
Finally, a lot of folks have been blogging about Diyala Province and the spread of an Anbar-style Awakening. The Stars and Stripes is reporting a formal agreement along those lines. This is how lasting peace will be achieved.