Best Post Yet on Beauchamp
It's easy to forget in the heat of the blogging battle that Beauchamp is just a young man who made a mistake. Fortunately the military has plenty of experience
with those fellows:
Beauchamp is young; under pressure he made a dumb mistake. In fact, he has not always been an ideal soldier. But to his credit, the young soldier decided to stay, and he is serving tonight in a dangerous part of Baghdad. He might well be seriously injured or killed here, and he knows it. He could have quit, but he did not. He faced his peers. I can only imagine the cold shoulders, and worse, he must have gotten. He could have left the unit, but LTC Glaze told me that Beauchamp wanted to stay and make it right. Whatever price he has to pay, he is paying it.
Of course, a young man who made a mistake does not apply to Franklin Foer and the editorial team at the New Republic.
Labels: Franklin Foer, Scott Beauchamp