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So, apparently Great Satan’s Girlfriend isn’t exactly a hot COIN-nerd chick who wants to talk war and show you nifty pictures of herself in a bikini.  As Spencer points out:

“Courtney Messerschmidt” is a composite personality, made up of several men as well as an actual woman named Courtney. Not to mince words: it was gross to see national-security practitioners and commenters in their 30s and older pop semis over “her” barely-legal-security persona. But that’s a comment on “her” audience, not “her” “herself.” I don’t have any opinions on “her.”

Frankly, I think that Amanda could do a lot with this, as could Alyssa Rosenberg.

It’s a weird blog.  Once you claw your way through the prose, it’s obvious that the author has a good, working knowledge of counter-insurgency theory and defense policy.  For my part, however, there was never anything so particularly interesting or compelling about GSGF that made it worth the trouble of interpreting the torturously affected writing.  It’s basic COIN plus some boilerplate right wing defense politics.  Moreover, in my professional capacity I have become familiar with many woman in their early twenties who are more than capable of both tackling counter-insurgency doctrine AND writing intelligible, complete sentences in the English language.  Thus, the idea of “Courtney Messerschmidt” wasn’t particularly novel, although “she” certainly had an interesting marketing scheme.  I won’t claim that I had any idea that “she” was actually a collective, and I dutifully accepted her friend request on Facebook.  It just never seemed to me that there was much more to GSGF than a novel blog marketing approach.  However, opinions vary…

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  • Malaclypse

    Donalde’s probably feeling kinda not-fully-crunk right about now.

    Donalde, there is nothing wrong with realizing you had a crush on a couple of middle-aged dudes. Trust me, it does not lessen my opinion of you one iota.

    • Scott Lemieux

      Apparently, he has a lot more proteges than he thought, although the new ones are much less likely to get their pictures above every blockquote.

  • Idiots.

    I exchanged messages with Courtney tonight. She’s the real deal.

    And of course, Charli blogged her as well, quite favorably: ‘Things I Would Like to See More Of’. Call that an LGM self-douche, and W. James “Costanza” Casper = RACIST = Repsac3 thought Courtney was da bomb.

    • Murc

      This is fake Donalde, right?

      Dear god, please tell me this is fake Donalde.

      • R Johnston

        One way or another it’s genuinely sucky comedy.

      • Not fake. Courtney is real. She was the contact person for the group blog that had everyone fooled, LGM commies included.

        • commie atheist

          Put your dick away and pull up your pants, Donalde. Or better yet, go on Second Life, where you can pretend that all the hot bods are female, and you’re not really jacking off to some middle-aged guys who share your depraved world-view.

        • Courtney is real.

          As it says in the post, one of the people is, in fact, named “Courtney.”

          “Courtney Messerschmidt,” on the other hand, is fictional, and they lied about her being real.

    • Malaclypse

      Shorter Donalde: gSgF, like Sasquatch, IsReal.

      • You’re brain’s fried with “Donalde” hatred, you tool.

        Read Carl Prine. Courtney is the main contact person for GSGF. She or they made up the last name. I’m in communication with Courtney and waiting for a statement, and will post it, and in doing so will make you look like an idiot.

        • She or they made up the last name.

          …and then pretended there was an actual individual with that name, and attributed the posting to that fictional person.

          Did this “Courtney” write the posts that were credited to “Courtney Messerschmidt?”

        • Malaclypse

          Oh Donalde, I don’t hate you – that would not be Christian, and I actually pay attention to the words in the book, and do my best to take them seriously. I just have no respect at all for you. Not as Donalde, and especially not as Neocon Wannabe Superhero.

          How is your Tintin expose coming, by the way? Have you hired the same people Trump used to find the birth certificate?

          • “Christian”?

            Not. You’re a progressive commie troll, posting at progressive commie blogs, anonymously, like a coward.

            • Malaclypse

              That is a whole lot of words you use, but don’t understand, you painted sepulcher.

              • DrDick

                I think that would include most words.

            • Did you just use the word “commie?”


              (Puts on fedora, speaks out of one side of mouth) See here, charlie, what are you trying to pull, huh? One more word outa you and I’ll pop you one right in the kisser, see? Wait’ll I get home and tell the little woman about this mug!

        • I’m in communication with Courtney and waiting for a statement, and will post it, and in doing so will make you look like an idiot.

          What if her statement is HA HA DONALDE WE FOOLED YOU?

    • Halloween Jack

      I exchanged messages with Courtney tonight. She’s the real deal.

      I see a short interview with Chris Hansen in your future.

  • Warren Terra

    I seem to recall this exact thing happening about six or twelve months ago: a fake neocon opinionator who purported to be a very attractive woman, but was in fact written by one or more middle-aged men – although in that case it was a fake twitterer, not a fake blogger. I’m pretty sure I read about it on Spencer Ackerman’s then-blog.

    • DrDick

      There have been two or three incidents like this recently. I am beginning to think all conservatives have gender identity/sexual ambiguity issues.

      • firefall

        well of course, what else was DADT about?

      • Malaclypse

        Updated John Stuart Mill: Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people self-hating homosexuals, it is true that most stupid people self-hating homosexuals are conservative.

        • DrDick

          When dealing with the modern Republican Party, both statements are true, though the original needs to be modified to “all conservatives are stupid.”

          • Malaclypse

            Not all conservatives are stupid.

            Some are smart, but evil.

            Donalde, however…

    • Danny

      Not all are conservative by any means, a few months ago it turned out that the ‘Gay girl in Damascus’ was a liberal white straight guy, same with ‘Lez Get Real’

      Another middle-aged white straight guy talking about politics (liberal or conservative, doesn’t matter) is like the most boring thing in the world. No wonder feel the need to fake.

      • Njorl

        Let me just take this moment to come clean. I am not actually the protagonist of a satirical interpretation of an Icelandic saga, nor have I ever even been to Malden.

        I apologize to all of my followers who may feel betrayed right now, and to all of my future followers whom I will continue to betray.

        • Malaclypse

          Some people say that I may, in fact, not be a 4th century BCE Erisian priest. I will not speculate what role this misinformation may have played in Donalde’s demonology.

          • And I? I am not some 20th Century Belgian globetrotting reporter.

            Neither am I some French tart in a Gerry Anderson puppet show of the 1960s.

            I’m sure this disinformation has played into Donalde’s demonology of the first odor.

            • Malaclypse

              Yes, but are you SEK?

        • Halloween Jack

          Good thing I’m really Bowie, then.

  • ema

    There are 4 of us The brains behind the thing is a guy actually. He’s a bit older than me (Courtney) or Lauren, and helps out with the milspeak so to speak.

    The older guy contributes the good, working knowledge of counter-insurgency theory and defense policy and the other 3 cats the torturously affected writing?

  • Johnny Johnson

    lonelygirl15+frustrated neocon writer=gSgf

    I always assumed the girlie pics were on the site so when milblog fans were caught jerking in the office they could pretend it was to the photos instead of the war porn.

  • I cannot, for the life of me, understand why these men feel the need to pretend to be attractive women.

    • Anonymous

      The attention, from other men.

    • Halloween Jack

      Plus, the gifts are nice, although I’m not sure what to do with all this fancy underw–oh, shit

  • kth

    That a smart guy like Tom Ricks thinks that that blog has a great voice, instead of a great marketing gimmick, that he thinks that the stream of Avril Levigne-isms actually has some organic connection with the ideas there, and represents anything beyond mere schtick, in short that he finds anything authentically feminine there at all, is a frightening commentary on the paucity of real women’s voices in IR.

    • Njorl

      I should get my wife to do an IR blog. She’s been a bit down on the subject since getting her degree in technological aspects of diplomacy with the Soviet Union in 1991.

  • If you are actually named after the Nazis’ fighter planes and are writing a blog about military policy, sure, go ahead and play up the name. Nothing wrong with that. It’s kind of funny.

    But to go out and pick the name of the Nazis’ fighter planes is pretty disturbing.

    • Fighting Words

      Slightly off topic, but a true story nonetheless. I actually met the great-grandson of Willy Messerschmitt at Boy Scout camp many, many years ago. We discussed Dungeons and Dragons.

      • Warren Terra

        I’m sure he’s a lovely person, and he’s not to blame for his name – and I have no idea what the political leanings of his ancestors were.

        But Joe made a good point: unlike your Willy, in this case the name was deliberately chosen. This composite persona was designed to appeal to trigger-happy chickenhawks, and they chose a Teutonic name famous for being the name of advanced weapons used by the Nazis in WWII. They could choose any name, and those were the resonances they wanted.

        • Ed Marshall

          Sort of the opposite number of Charles “Krauthammer”.

        • Fighting Words

          Oh, I’m well aware of what Joe from Lowell was getting at. I was just name dropping because I don’t get the opportunity to do that very often. How many times do you get to meet the ancestor of the designer of the famed ME-109?

          In fact, I thought of the fellow when I tried to read GSGF for the first time – before I found out she was a fraud. I can’t remember his politics, as this was about 20 years ago and he was probably 13 years old, but I do remember have a great conversation about the Drow (dark elves). I know this isn’t helping.

          Of course, if she really knew her WWII stuff, she would have chosen Junkers, Dornier, or Focke-Wulf. Or, if we want to go all WWI – Fokker.

          • dave

            *sigh*. “How many times do you get to meet the ancestor descendant of the designer…”

            Somewhere, a language-fairy lies dying, wingless, and in pain…

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