Thursday, July 26, 2007

Glenn Reynolds is never wrong.

In his mind, that is:

"SCOTT THOMAS" REVEALED, and the spin is as predicted. Plus, as Bruce Carroll notes: "The New Republic has still not corroborated anything Private Beauchamp wrote."

They're hoping you won't notice that.

Move those goal posts, Putz. We've gone from:

"It's all made up--there is no Scott Thomas! He's obviously not a soldier! He's obviously never been to Iraq! Bradleys don't do that! There's no hair on skulls! Stephen Glass!!11!!!1!" to,

"Well, he's probably a liar since he's a Democrat."




This Scott Thomas story is a godsend for these people, a beautiful distraction from the reality they refuse to face.

It combines all the usual Weimar themes out there: treasonous MSM journalists, treasonous soldiers, stories of atrocities that undermine morale (regardless of whether they're true or not), and blanket ideological denial. We have to understand that some people still do not believe that the U.S. is torturing or has tortured detainees, still do not believe that torture or murder or rape occurred at Abu Ghraib, still believe that everyone at Gitmo is a dangerous terrorist captured by US forces, and still believe we're winning in Iraq. If you believe all this and face the mountains of evidence against you, you have to act ever more decisively and emphatically to refute any evidence that might undermine this worldview.

Look: I don't know the roots of everything Scott Thomas Beauchamp has written. If there are aspects to his first-person accounts that do not pan out, we need to know. But so far, there's no evidence of anything wrong. So far, the hysteria says far more about the hysterics than about TNR.

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