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September 24, 2007
WAR/POLITICS: Fraud By The Left To Smear The War Effort

An admission of guilt:

A Washington man, whose claims to have slaughtered civilians as a U.S. Army Ranger in Iraq were seen by millions on YouTube, admitted in federal court in Seattle today that he was a fake and a liar.

Jesse Adam Macbeth, 23, pleaded guilty to charges he faked his war record. "He was in the Army for 40 days before he was kicked out of boot camp for being unfit," said U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Sullivan. "He was never in Iraq."...

Macbeth's story of killing men and women as they left a Baghdad mosque included claims that he was a U.S. Army Ranger and had received the Purple Heart for injuries suffered in combat in Iraq.

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His interview was translated into Arabic and distributed in the Middle East, said the U.S. attorney.

"Macbeth's lies fueled hostility to our servicemen in Iraq and here at home," Sullivan said.

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That's the end result of lies like those of Jesse MacBeth or Scott Thomas Beauchamp: they assist the enemy, who of course depends on winning in the propaganda war battles that can not be won against American soldiers in the field.

For shame.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:01 PM | Politics 2007 • | War 2007-12 | Comments (12) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

Are you serious with the headline? You are flat out making that up. In the story it says he made up his military record to get VA benefits (like that would have happened). There is no mention that he did this as some perverse "anti-war" tactic. He's just a sad, pathetic individual. For all you know he's a hard-core right-winger. For all the stuff you are putting up here about honesty you should try a little of it yourself.

Posted by: jim at September 24, 2007 6:51 PM

He put his claims on YouTube to get veterans' benefits?

You seem wholly unaware of how MacBeth's charges got circulated a few years back. The Right didn't dig this guy out of a hole.

Posted by: The Crank at September 24, 2007 7:05 PM

We went to war in iraq to show the world how strong we are.
By "strong", of course, I mean "stupid".

Mission Accomplished.

Posted by: Robert at September 24, 2007 7:34 PM

No, Robert, you are doing a fine job of that yourself.

Posted by: Rory at September 24, 2007 8:04 PM

Ah Robert, if you can't rebut the main pojnt, always bring up some complete non sequiter, usually a trite talking point. But nice try. Next time I suggest having an actual argument to make.

Posted by: paul zummo at September 24, 2007 8:32 PM

Those people are horrible individuals, but the level of their words were neither as disastrous as the lies that got us into the war, or the bravado and more ("bring it on", farcical purple fingers for propaganda here at home) since.
Were their actions more, less, or equally as horrible as some of the actions that have occurred in this war - the ones outside of "normal" operations?

In May of 2006 President Bush said "We have now reached a turning point in the struggle between freedom and terror.".

Was this a fraud by the Right to prop up support in our country? Since (as most people realized both then and now) - we had not reached a turning point.

Discuss.

Posted by: Dave at September 25, 2007 6:00 AM

Fraud By The Left???

Did Mr. Macbeth take his marching orders from Cindy Sheehan, Hillary, Kos, or Trotsky?

Posted by: Mike at September 25, 2007 7:22 AM

Mike,

Most likely Kos or Sheehan. I doubt he has heard of Trotsky. And he probably is in the crowd still upset about Hillary's vote on AUMF.

In all seriousness, this turd probably started out bragging about being in the military trying to get in some skanks pants. He obviously embellished his resume since getting kicked out of basic training for being a loser may not impress the ladies. When he told the crazy story about shooting people coming out of a mosque someone listening understood the propaganda potential and got him to repeat it on camera to spread on You-Tube. Not much different from Kerry's Winter Soldier friends where most of the folks making claims of atrocities had never been in country (some were never in the military).

Do atrocities happen in war? Sure, and don't think it only happened in Nam. People under stress have taken actions that to us sitting here in comfort is unquestionably abhorrent. However, anyone who seriously thinks it is commonplace or condoned by the upper echelon obviously has never served.

Posted by: largebill at September 25, 2007 8:24 AM

Regardless of Macbeth's intentions and they very well may have been some narcissistic fantasy or for financial gain the reality is that the left (Iraq Veterans Against the War and others on the left) used his fable to undermine the war effort. The headline is accurate.

Posted by: Treerat at September 25, 2007 9:54 AM

Did they make a movie about it? Oh, right that was The Jessica Lynch GOP Fantasy Story. So hard to tell.

Posted by: jim at September 25, 2007 10:13 AM

Paul Zummo,
Sorry, my Dictionary must be out of date. It doesn't say trite=100% correct.

Posted by: Robert at September 25, 2007 11:50 AM

Oooh, burn.

Yaaaaaaaaaaawn.

Posted by: paul zummo at September 25, 2007 12:20 PM
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