This post from Weekly Standard blogger Michael Goldfarb is going to keep a lot of wingnuts busy over the next few days. Goldfarb raises some admittedly reasonable doubts about a New Republic article, pseudonymously-authored by a US serviceman, that describes some pretty horrific conduct by his fellow soldiers.
What’s certain, of course, is that most of the frothy reaction to this call to arms will come from people who at other points have minimized the significance of the abuses at Abu Ghraib and Baghram; doubted the occurrence of massacres at Haditha and elsewhere; and stupidly questioned the veracity of perfectly valid survey instruments used to estimate excess Iraqi deaths since the start of the war. What’s more, these are folks who generally reaffirm anything Michael Yon has to report — baked children and all — while assuming that every dispatch coming across the AP wires has been ghost-written by Jamil Hussein and that every Reuters photo has been through several rounds of Photoshop. They’ve accepted every home-brewed argument set forth by the Kagan family to the effect that the surge is working; they’ve cheered the pardoning of convicted criminals like Scooter Libby; and they’ve written breathlessly about every domestic “terror plot” as if they were not, in fact, holding a warm sack of shit. And they’ve accomplished all of this with Cheeto dust wafting in the air, as if sprayed from an aerosol can.
Excuse me for just a moment, then, if I find their quest for The Truth just a wee bit fatuous.
…Here’s the link to TNR. You gotta have a subscription, though….