Friday, July 27, 2007

The Unscrupulous Writer Turned Soldier

Joined the effing Army to write a good book... and profit, and maybe gain fame & fortune on the backs of his comrades.


This Scott Thomas Beauchamp is quite lacking in the integrity department.

The Wanker's Blog: Sir Real Scott Thomas

Michelle Malkin probably does the best job covering it: “Scott Thomas” steps out of the shadows

Dean Barnett takes note of his true motives from Beauchamp's own Blog:

I know that NOT participating in a war (and such a misguided one at that) should be considered better than wanting to be in one just to write a book...but you know, maybe id rather be a good man than a good both? Some can and some cant...i guess it all depends on how great an artist, or how great a man they want to be. Sometimes it feels like i have to choose between being totally loyal to thoughts of my future family OR totally loayl to chasing down the muse. must find a middle ground.

Barnett also asks if Beauchamp is... This War's John Kerry?

Mark Steyn asks:

Was he in Iraq last year? Did he witness a war crime? Is this reportage? Or was he just doing a bit of imaginative fiction like the creative-writing classes teach? And into which category do his New Republic pieces fall?

I invite Scott Thomas to come by the Dragon PAO shop at FOB Falcon- Bldg 301,Rm 119, and I'd be happy to share the DoD media policy with him. While he's here, I'd love to discuss with him the mass graves, Bradley IFV dog hunting and IED burn victim he's so intent on stating is fact. If he can provide the evidence, I will gladly retract every word I've posted on the subject. If he's not willing to do that, then it kind of makes you wonder about his credibility, and that of the New Republic's doesn't it?

Powerline: "Now that Beauchamp has stepped forward, the issues regarding the veracity of "Shock troops" should be resolved in short order. It is striking that Beauchamp's statement does not add any facts to support the veracity of "Shock troops," although his identity is certainly a start."

Instapundit links to more coverage. Mudville Gazette has more as well.


I'm halfway through Harry Potter right now, so staying up to date with my posts has been difficult...

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