Friday, September 19, 2008

Hey right-wing assholes

Most particularly McCain's chosen intellectual splooge monkey, Michael Goldfarb.

Remember when you slandered Private Scott Beauchamp's stories about abuse in Iraq by quoting this:

My soldiers conduct is consistently honorable. This soldier has other underlining issues which I’m sure will come out in the course of the investigation. No one at any of the post we live at or frequent, remotely fit the descriptions of any of the persons depicted in this young man’s fairy tale.
- 1st Sgt. Hatley
Well, guess what ol' Sgt. Hatley and his "consistently honorable" soldiers under his command have been up to and WHO has the "underlying issues" :

A U.S. soldier who admitted involvement in the shooting of detainees in Iraq early last year has been sentenced to seven months in jail and will be dishonorably discharged, the army said on Thursday.

Specialist Belmor Ramos, 23, pleaded guilty at a court martial in Germany to charges of conspiracy to commit premeditated murder. He agreed to testify in the trials of other soldiers involved, the army said in a statement.

Ramos was present when four unarmed, handcuffed and blindfolded Iraqi detainees were allegedly shot dead near a canal in Baghdad in March or April 2007.

Three other U.S. soldiers have been identified by witnesses as the shooters: Sergeant First Class Joseph P. Mayo, the platoon sergeant, Sergeant Michael P. Leahy Jr., a senior medic and an acting squad leader, and First Sergeant John E. Hatley.

Criminal charges have been filed against Hatley, Mayo and Leahy, as well as against Staff Sergeant Jess Cunningham, Sergeant Charles Quigley .

As John Cole notes, Beauchamp is still in the army, apparently still in Iraq, and still serving his nation honorably.

His slanderers, not so much.

Michael Goldfarb is getting the filthy lucre wanking for John McCain's campaign.

Says something about the ol' Maverick doesn't it?

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