Thursday, July 26, 2007

You Hear About the 'Baghdad Diarist'?

Pvt. Beauchamp: In Big Trouble Either Way
By Jack Kelly

If what Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp wrote in the New Republic isn't true, he's in trouble, and so is the magazine.

If what Pvt. Beauchamp wrote is true, he's in bigger trouble.

Pvt. Beauchamp is the Baghdad Diarist whose July 13 article, written under the clever pseudonym "Scott Thomas," drew much skepticism.

Pvt. Beauchamp described how he made fun of a woman whose face had been severely scarred by an IED: "I love chicks that have been intimate with IEDS," Pvt. Beauchamp quotes himself as saying, loudly, to his buddies in the chow hall. "It really turns me on -- melted skin, missing limbs, plastic noses." "My friend was practically falling out of his chair laughing," Pvt. Beauchamp recounted. "The disfigured woman slammed her cup down and ran out of the chow hall."

Next, he described finding the remains of children in a Saddam-era mass grave uncovered when his unit was constructing a combat outpost: "One private...found the top part of a human skull...He marched around with the skull on his head...No one was disgusted. Me included."

Finally, Pvt. Beauchamp described another friend "who only really enjoyed driving Bradley Fighting Vehicles because it gave him the opportunity to run things over. He took out curbs, concrete barriers, corners of buildings, stands in the market, and his favorite target: dogs."

Pvt. Beauchamp described how his friend killed three dogs in one day: "He slowed the Bradley down to lure the first kill in, and, as the diesel engine grew quieter, the dog walked close enough for him to jerk the machine hard to the right and snag its leg under the tracks."

The New Republic's editors told Michael Goldfarb of the Weekly Standard the chow hall incident occurred at Forward Operating Base Falcon near Baghdad. Since only one company of soldiers at FOB Falcon have Bradleys, the outing of "Scott Thomas" was just a matter of time.

Now that they've demonstrated their diarist is a real soldier, the New Republic's editors feel vindicated. But the issue is not whether Pvt. Beauchamp is a soldier. It's whether he's telling the truth or not. And his story stinks to high heaven:

No one else at the base ever seems to have a seen a woman who fits the description of the woman in the chow hall. No mass graves have been discovered during the time Pvt. Beauchamp has been at FOB Falcon. It is physically impossible for the driver of a Bradley to see a dog to the immediate right of his vehicle.

It would be better for Pvt. Beauchamp if he made his stories up. It breaks no military rule to BS gullible liberal journalists. But if Pvt. Beauchamp is telling the truth, he and his buddies have broken so many articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that I haven't space to list them all.

It isn't only Pvt. Beauchamp who'd be in trouble. If the latter two stories are true, then his fire team leader, squad leader, platoon sergeant and platoon leader either witnessed them, and did nothing about them, or were negligent in supervising their soldiers. And if I were his company commander, I wouldn't be expecting below the zone promotion to major anytime soon.

His superiors won't be happy campers, and neither will his fellow troops, to whom he has brought unwanted scrutiny, deserved or not. I suspect Pvt. Beauchamp soon will be the guest of honor at a blanket party.

That he is Pvt. Beauchamp suggests this is not his first brush with the UCMJ. He called himself PFC Beauchamp on his Web site last September, which indicates he's been busted a stripe. He's been in the Army long enough to be a Spec 4.

On his blog (Sir Real Scott Thomas), Pvt. Beauchamp indicates he's an aspiring writer who joined the Army to establish credentials for voicing his liberal political opinions.

"I know that NOT participating in a war (and such a misguided one at that) should be considered better than wanting to be in one just to write a book," he wrote May 18, 2006. "But...maybe I'd rather be both."

But is Pvt. Beauchamp telling the truth about what he sees in Iraq?

In a blog entry for May 8, 2006, Pvt. Beauchamp describes an atrocity: "'Put a 556 in his head.' (The caliber of an M-16 rifle is .556 millimeters.) On the street below, the man's brown face dissolves in a thick red mist. The lights in the city's houses shut off in unison. Electricity rationing. Water rationing too. You ever tried to survive for more than a few hours in 120 degree weather?"

On May 8, 2006, Pvt. Beauchamp was in Germany, where temperatures rarely reach 120 degrees, and the electricity and water work just fine.

This story was big news at, the New Republic, Michelle Malkin's blog, Milblogs, Blackfive (linked on my sidebar) etc. I have avoided publishing anything about it until now. Check it out, and let's see how it unfolds...

If you have time, please go to RealClearPolitics and click on some of their ads to make up for the length I published here; I hate seeing partial truths--or no truths--being posted about our guys...

Frankly, I don't know a real man that would let the comments about the supposedly disfigured woman go by (I'm surprised she didn't 'address' the issue, herself...) If I was in the military, no stupid grunt would've made that comment around me about one of my sisters... so that part of the story rings particularly untrue... To think the guys at the table would've been so sanguine about it is just bullshit.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quick, lets shoot the messenger! I mean it is the Blameican way, right?

3:48 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LES, you evidently wake up stupid. Only a Democrat would allow someone to make remarks about our troops--demoralize the rest, and our nation in time of war--and call questioning his veracity 'shooting the messenger'...

First of all, the New Republic has already had a past history of admitted plagiarizers, so it's rep is far from shiny. Secondly, this guy admits to lying about who he is just so he can post (with the oft-stated wish of coming home and being a writer).

Nobody else is stepping forward to say, 'yeah, I was that woman, I saw that dog run over, I heard this or that'... so OF COURSE we have a right to question what he writes. If it happened under Clinton--with the obvious implications, you folks would be furious, so DON'T try and play the 'disingenuous card' with me!

P.S. All your cutesy-poo 'Blameican' words don't do a THING to augment your position... they just make it seem like you're too young and watch too much American Idol... got Thesaurus?

4:27 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LES, Portioning responsibility and acertaining facts isn't 'blame' at all. Why do you Demmies always sound like you're 5 years old?

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is more from the Republicans:

Its not about the message, it is all about assasinating the messenger!

8:08 AM  
Anonymous cassie said...

Nonsense, Les. You call down the investigation as bogus before it's even really started - that's how we can tell you're only trying to hush it up. You don't care about the truth of it - as long as your slander about our troops is deemed true by you and yours.

8:09 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LES--NO NAME CALLING. Anymore posts with your idea of 'witty nicknames' for Republicans will be removed.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean no name calling about Republicans. Virtually every post on your blog is just name calling.
Show me a single post where someone doesnt sling a derogatory name.

Sheesh you guys are so thin skinned.

9:02 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Nonsense--we may criticize behavior, but we don't make up 'witty nickname' insults and bandy them about in every post.I try not to insult--and, indeed, Cassie's post doesn't contain any.

Criticize BEHAVIOR, not simply the GOP reason for being. You have no right to call our desire to fact-check a possibly duplicitous blogger, in a found-in-the-past duplicitous magazine (esp. when the blogger in question is married to the mag's staffer...) as 'blaming' anybody.

9:15 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

P.S. It's not at all 'thin-skinned' to reject being insulted. To allow onesself to be ill-treated when it isn't deserved is being a patsy, a mark. We're not that stupid or feckless.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Russet Shadows said...

Les acts the way he does because he has no concept of an independent, absolute, verifiable truth. It's all about who holds the power. In his universe, anyone who is the GOP is wrong and all morality must shift so as to uphold and defend that axiom.

We won't ever see him acknowledge that a liberal could be or in fact was wrong. We won't ever see him talk about the truth being something that someone can see regardless of politics. We won't ever see him create a platform of achievable goals.

He is a defensive entity, and acts like a five-year-old, running around cackling whenever someone rolls a house or scribbles graffiti on the back of a dusty truck. He is probably the best example of the modern left -- wholly unserious and unaware of the impact of their actions.

You'd think he'd have learned a little something in graduate school.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I admit to having only sketchy knowledge of this ''soldier'' but I always notice with these types of stories there is never a clear statement as to the particular unit, it says only 'private''. While the Army still uses this designation generally, there are more complex ranks, such a "Specialist Sergeant'' Specialist Grade'', etc. there is never any mention of a division, brigade or the all important "MOS'' which stands for "Military Occupation Status'', which is the job you do. Everybody gets one in the military, its like a belly-button. If you ever want to smoke out a miltiary phony, ask them "What was you MOS''? J'Mac.

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