The Continuing Saga of Scott Thomas
I have to admit feeling just a bit of schadenfreude
at this one. The New York Times covers
TNR's Baghdad Diarist story.
The magazine granted anonymity to the writer to keep him from being punished by his military superiors and to allow him to write candidly, Mr. Foer said. He said that he had met the writer and that he knows with “near certainty” that he is, in fact, a soldier.
Of course, Foer must have known how weak that sounds, so he revised his claim upwards to "absolute" certainty
at the website.
Michael Goldfarb has much more
from military people in the position to know.
First: I have never seen a woman on the FOB that was disfigured. FOB Falcon is full of combat Soldiers (men). There are very few female Soldiers on the FOB. After being here a year surrounded by men, I can tell you what every woman on this FOB looks like. IF there had been a woman with burns covering her face, and IF some undisciplined Soldier(s) had done something like described in this guys story, he would have been dealt with swiftly and harshly. The dining facility here is small and usually crowded. Any NCO or officer that had heard or seen someone committing this type behavior would have immediately approached that group and reacted to that situation. Those Soldiers would have had UCMJ actions taken against them. No one I know, NCO, officer, or even lower enlisted, would have tolerated this.
Read it all.
Labels: Scott Thomas, The New Republic