Monday, May 22, 2006

Striking a pose

SMASH notes the latest Winter Soldier redux. Jesse McBeth, proud member of Iraq Veterans against the War is roundly denounced by people in the know as a fraud. If it weren't so funny, it'd be downright sad.

McBeth is getting slammed for several reasons:

1. Special Forces Combat Patch (Wrong)
2. Two "Tabs" sewn above SF patch (Wrong- Only One)
3. No Ranger Tab
4. No Airborne Wings
5. No Unit Crest
6. No Sewn on Rank
7. No One in the Army rolls their sleeves like that.
Bonus: 8. Mustache is out of regulation by extending past the corner of the mouth.

Though apparently #8 is of no consequence as he claims to have been previously discharged from the Army.

I wondered about this as I read the initial piece. How could anybody be sucked in by something this ridiculous?

What was the assault on Fallujah like?

Fallujah is where we slaughtered people in mosques. We provoked the people there. Some people escaped from the mosques and saw us. We would dig holes and leave mass graves of children, women, and old men. We were ordered to let people die on the street. We were told that the Geneva Convention means nothing to us in combat.

What medals did you get in Iraq?

I got a lot. I got a purple heart. Half of them, I don't remember. I got five or six medals just for landing. I got a bronze star.

What do you think is the role of the U.S. in Iraq?

The military is terrorists there. Soldiers thought we were going to fight terrorism, but we became the terrorists. We were told we were going to liberate the country and find weapons of mass destruction. The real aim is to have the U.S. own the country. The U.S. wants oil.

He's a walking anti-war cliche. "The US wants oil...the military is terrorists...we slaughtered people in mosques."

Meanwhile, he's beyond-vague about everything. With that level of specific non-specificity I could be a rocket-scientist.

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