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Memo to the Republitards:

If you want to play Guilt By Association: The Deluxe Home Edition and try to smear Barack Obama because he served on an educational board while Bill Ayers was on it, you might want to use someone other than Michael Goldfarb to do it. Not only is he embarrassingly stupid and a shameless liar, but he has his own links to terrorism.

Memo to the Republitards:

If you want to play Guilt By Association: The Deluxe Home Edition and try to smear Barack Obama because he served on an educational board while Bill Ayers was on it, you might want to use someone other than Michael Goldfarb to do it. Not only is he embarrassingly stupid and a shameless liar, but he has his own links to terrorism.

Turn the clock back to the summer of 2007. There was a great deal of feigned "clutch-the-pearls" outrage over a few blog entries from Scott Beauchamp, a Private in the U.S. Army who described some fairly repulsive incidents such as:

-mocking a woman with obvious burn injuries

-running over feral dogs

-clowning around with human bone fragments

While these incidents are disgusting, they are small beer compared to the well-documented atrocities Abu Ghraib, Haditha, Mahmoudiya or Falluja. However, these blog posts came at a bad time for the war whores who were pushing the surge [sic], which they claimed would bring victory if only everyone who believed in fairies would clap their hands three times...

As Spencer Ackerman points out in an excellent article in Radar Online, Goldfarb lied through his teeth, claiming that Beauchamp had retracted his stories.

   

After a series of increasingly panicked communications from his editors, Beauchamp published a brief statement using his real name on TNR’s website to defend his article’s accuracy. The statement only intensified the attacks, however, and a few days later Goldfarb filed a blog post that seemed to checkmate his opponents. Citing an unnamed source "close to the investigation," he reported that Beauchamp had signed "a sworn statement" for the army conceding that the events in "Shock Troops" were "exaggerations and falsehoods." The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press all eagerly jumped on the story.

   The only problem was that Goldfarb’s contention was false. Major John Cross, who investigated the "Shock Troops" scandal for the army, confirms, "[Specialist] Beauchamp—he’s been promoted since this story broke—never recanted his articles in any sworn statement." But the Weekly Standard, despite casting endless aspersions on TNR’s journalistic ethics, has never bothered to retract its story, and the falsehood became a propaganda victory. Despite enormous efforts on the part of Beauchamp and his wife, Elspeth Reeve, who was then a TNR intern, to vindicate him, the public pressure on TNR continued to build.

I guess he was warming up for 2008.

As it turns out, one of the "sources" used by the war whores to attack Beauchamp was 1st Sergeant John E. Hatley, who, according to sworn statements given by his own men, ordered them to murder handcuffed prisoners and dump their bodies in a canal.

   

Last month, four other soldiers from Sergeant Hatley’s unit were charged with murder conspiracy for agreeing to go along with the plan to kill the four prisoners, in violation of military laws that forbid harming enemy combatants once they are disarmed and in custody.

Well, well, well...

No wonder the soldiers in that unit wanted Beauchamp to shut the hell up! This reminds me of Admiral Hoffman, who founded the Shit Boaters to smear John Kerry because the last thing in the world he wanted was for someone to bring up how he ordered one of his junior officers to machinegun two unarmed Vietnamese fisherman, and punished the officer when he refused. Goldfarb was engaged in a little pre-emptive Shit Boating.

Now, since Republitards think that anyone with any connection whatsoever to Bill Ayers is suspect, and that it’s fair to describe them as having "links" to "terrorism", what does that make someone like Michael Goldfarb, who lied to cover up atrocities in Iraq -making him morally an accomplice to their crimes after the fact?

If the Republitards want to play that game, the Democrats should see their Bill Ayers with one Michael Goldfarb, then raise them a few death squad sergeants like John Hatley.

Many thanks to the following sites for their information and links:

A Lovely Promise

Moon of Alabama

and

Tiny Revolution

Originally posted to Jelperman on Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 10:56 AM PDT.

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