Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Kerrymandering of The New Republic

First, a definition of "gerrymandering":
ger·ry·man·der (jr-mndr, gr-)
tr.v. ger·ry·man·dered, ger·ry·man·der·ing, ger·ry·man·ders
To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.
1. The act, process, or an instance of gerrymandering.
2. A district or configuration of districts differing widely in size or population because of gerrymandering.
I'll leave it up to the readers to define what "Kerrymandering" could possibly be.

The New Republic doesn't support the troops; but they do support any John Kerryesque disgruntled grunt who will bolster their anti-war campaign of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Enter Scott Thomas Beauchamp.

I think Dean Barnett is spot-on with his assessment:
the real story here isn’t “Thomas” or “Beauchamp” or even the accuracy of his “reporting”, but rather The New Republic’s crass effort to besmirch the war effort with the former “Thomas Diarists”. It’s interesting that Beauchamp writes, “My pieces were always intended to provide my discreet view of the war; they were never intended as a reflection of the entire U.S. Military.” While it’s hard to take this claim at face value, in TNR’s hands they served exactly that purpose.

TNR isn’t the New Yorker; it doesn’t publish articles solely for their artistic merit. Rather, as we learned yesterday, TNR under Franklin Foer’s command aims to “explicate ideas.” The idea in need of explication regarding the "Thomas Diarists" was just how sociopathic and depraved our military has become. TNR made no effort to put Beauchamp’s writings into context of the 160,000 men and women who, unlike Private Beauchamp, are serving honorably and nobly in Iraq. What’s more, Franklin Foer’s subsequent comments that Beauchamp’s tales represented “mild practical jokes” implied that the diaries were really just the tip of iceberg regarding American malfeasance in Iraq.

The simple fact is that up until now the American left has done everything possible to discredit the war effort in Iraq. Except for one thing – they’ve at least publicly professed to “support the troops.”

Once again, as I’ve said all along, you can’t “support the troops” while publishing agitprop that suggests the troops are a bunch of sociopaths. The Nation went after the troops a couple of weeks ago; the “Thomas Diarists” were The New Republic’s tepid entry into the field. As regards the accuracy of Beauchamp’s charges, I’m sure we’ll be hearing from his superiors before the sun sets in Iraq.
This may have already happened, as one Malkin reader writes in,

I’m active Army & an Iraq vet.

I just pulled up “Scott Thomas Beauchamp” on the secure “Army Knowledge Online” website. It lists his current rank as “PV2″. (That data is kept accurate via pay records on that website.)

In his Sep 06 blog post he listed his rank as “Private First Class”. That indicates that without a doubt he was busted at least one rank as part of Article 15 proceedings under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and he likely has a strong ax to grind with his chain of command.

Michelle Malkin also points out the following lines of poetry written by Scott Thomas Beauchamp, which ends with a John Kerry moment of "look-to-the-future-political-self-interest" reason for military service:
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.
Malkin has much more.

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Blogger Gayle said...

"...its making me a lot less lazy, just because im not use to being lazy any more." First, I have to wonder if the guy is that illiterate. "im"? Secondly, isn't that just a hunky-dory reason for joining the military? Sheesh! "Kerrymandering" is a great term, Wordsmith. Makes perfect sense!

Regarding gerrymandering, being from Texas I'm very familiar with the term and the process, due to the fact that there was so much of it going on in this state right before the 2004 elections. Before that happened I would have had to look it up.

Thursday, July 26, 2007 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading about Scott Thomas, can't find a date when he was in Iraq...what does his TNR diary say?
All through his blogs and myspace post all I see is 07 and 06 dates.

Thursday, July 26, 2007 10:49:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

anon, Curt has updates on my cross-post at Flopping Aces, including this from Hot Air

“He’s not in Iraq at this point, I don’t think: his sidebar bio says he’s training in Germany and he cops to being in Amsterdam three weeks later, but I guess it’s possible (is it?) that he was in Iraq and then went to Europe in the intervening time. Either way, the May 8 item can only be one of two things: an exercise in creative fiction that looks exactly like the sorts of things he wrote for TNR or a bit of reportage of an actual incident — in which a U.S. commander ordered the murder of children. Which is it?”

Thursday, July 26, 2007 11:50:00 PM  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

TNR violates basic journalistic integrity by not autheniticating the piece before publication. It's a political hatchet job on the troops, as your rightly point out.

Friday, July 27, 2007 6:11:00 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

What is it, then, that the Left actually WANTS? What is it, then, that would actually make them happy? Under what set of circumstances would one encumber a military? Under what set of circumstances would one that military actually exist? Under what circumstances would one determine to defend the country from within or without?


Friday, July 27, 2007 7:56:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

No new post here today? I'll bet that means you're working on something really special. :)

Friday, July 27, 2007 3:45:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

er...yeah, gayle....that's it! Give me a couple more days. No pressure, right?

Saturday, July 28, 2007 7:39:00 AM  
Blogger Angevin13 said...

Political hatchet job, indeed! Great post.

Sunday, July 29, 2007 8:32:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Update at Flopping Aces

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

2nd update.

The latest: Ouch.

Sunday, August 05, 2007 7:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Bosun said...

Good Job, Wordsmith. Keep up putting the spotlight of truth on these knuckleheads.

Support the troops. America First.


Wednesday, August 08, 2007 5:20:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Thanks bosun! Good to hear from you.

The latest i've read on the matter.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007 6:46:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Confederate Yankee's latest.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Interesting interview and analysis by Hugh Hewitt.

Thursday, August 09, 2007 6:54:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

The two nightmares to every liberal's wet dream:

Ann Coulter

Michelle Malkin

Thursday, August 09, 2007 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

The latest from Curt, with a link to Ace of Spades.

Thursday, August 09, 2007 9:28:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Saving Private Beauchamp

Sunday, August 12, 2007 12:55:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


Wednesday, August 22, 2007 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Oxford Medievalist and Richard Miniter.

Saturday, September 01, 2007 11:00:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Game over, already!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 1:44:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

A dated post, but one worth linking and archiving.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 11:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Bird of Paradise said...

Kerry has rubbed elbows with Hanoi Jane and he has lied which is why Obama choose him as his secretary of State

Wednesday, June 08, 2016 4:46:00 PM  

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