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Another fake soldier tale debunked
Meet "Jessie MacBeth." He's the latest cause celebre of the anti-war Left a "former Army Ranger and
Iraq war veteran" who accuses his fellow troops of committing a litany of atrocities against innocent civilians.
Anti-Vietnam War veteran John Kerry and the Winter Soldiers cast a long shadow.
In his 20-minute Internet video interview at peacefilms.org, which promises that watching the video "will
change your life," MacBeth (who also claims to have served in Special Forces) says:
Superiors told him "our job over there is to strike fear in the hearts of the Iraqis . . . to be brutal and to
not feel" and that "the Geneva Convention doesn't mean crap."
He would "do night raids, pull people out, on their knees and zip-tied," and if a man didn't answer the
way he wanted him to, he "would shoot his youngest kid and keep going."
"By my hand alone . . . almost 200 people were taken out by me. That's just a rough estimate. A lot of
them at close range . . . they would actually feel the hot muzzle of my rifle on their forehead . . . we'd do stuff that
would scare them first . . . beat 'em up or kick 'em or hit the wife . . . slaughtering 30-40 people a night
sometimes, women and children . . . I was trained, you know, in all the Ranger school, 18 months of that crap . . . I got disappointed in my country . . . but I didn't say anything because I would have been locked up."
"Other things they told us to do, man, we were ordered to go into a mosque. This really hurts me a lot.
My nightmares come mostly from this . . . we infiltrated the mosque . . . a couple hundred of people of all ages
were praying . . . we started slaughtering them, we started shooting them, started taking them out . . . we would
burn their bodies, hang the bodies from the rafters . . . after a while, it's just sickening to think that I took part in
that . . . "
"Kids threw rocks at us before and the guard command officer told us to take them out . . . Our job was
just kill, kill, kill."
"I'm so disappointed in my country. I'm ashamed to have actually served in Iraq."
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On the Military.com website, to which anyone can contribute, a profile of MacBeth claimed he had three
basic combat jumps, service in Afghanistan as well as Iraq, and several awards including a Bronze Star and a
There's just one problem: According to Department of the Army spokesman Paul Boyce, there is no
record of "Jessie MacBeth," a.k.a. Jesse Adam MacBeth, having served in either the Rangers or the Special
Forces or in any part of the Army at all. Boyce told me Tuesday that a check on MacBeth's credentials came
up empty. "At a minimum, this appears to have been concocted" and "some sort of hoax," Boyce said. Special
Operations Command and the State Department have been alerted.
MacBeth's story started to crumble after my colleagues at the Hot Air blog (www.hotair.com) called
attention to the Peace Films video interview and asked military bloggers about MacBeth's appearance and
claims. Harnessing the specialized knowledge of the blogosphere, military bloggers debunked a photo
purportedly showing MacBeth in his official uniform (with his beret backward, incorrect flashes and tabs, and
The Army's Boyce told me the uniform issues were a major "red flag" as were MacBeth's incredible
claims to have entered the Army at 16, served as both a Ranger and in Special Ops, sustained various
stabbing and shooting wounds, and exited at age 20. Not to mention all those unsubstantiated, slanderous
smears against the Army Rangers (who suffered similar attacks by another lying anti-war veteran poseur,
Micah Wright, in 2004).
Anti-war zealots initially defended the bogus soldier's tale, but are now moving quickly to cover up the
MacBeth stain. The video was yanked Tuesday afternoon. But not to worry.
I hear former CBS producer Mary Mapes, champion of "fake but accurate" journalism, is interested in
publicizing Jessie MacBeth's tall tales.
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In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild
adj : affected with madness or insanity; [syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced]
The American Heritage Dictionary
*** Warning: Unhinged liberals are hazardous to the nation's health.
They're slashing your tires. Burning your lawns. Heaving pies at Republican pundits. Hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives. Nursing nutty conspiracy theories. And pining publicly for the murder of President Bush.
And they call us crazy?
In In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin plays conservative Margaret Mead to the alien political creatures of the American Left. With uproarious detail and rollicking reportage, Malkin chronicles the bizarre world of leftists gone mad in their natural habitats: the mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and Washington.
Unhinged unmasks liberals who've completely abandoned rationality and reality. They're taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops.
In Unhinged, you'll meet:
- The Top 10 Unhinged Leftists, Celebrities, Media Liberals, and Politicians. - The Pennsylvania Democrat who repeatedly screamed "faggot" at his Republican opponents on the Senate floor. - The Florida Democrat who tried to run down former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. - The Democrat congressman who claimed the capture of Saddam Hussein was staged by GOP operatives to help the Bush re-election campaign. - The veteran newsman who claimed that Bush advisor Karl Rove and Osama bin Laden are working hand-in-hand to help the Republican Party. - And hundreds more unhinged liberals gone wild!
With wit, wisdom, and a bullet-proof vest, Michelle Malkin ruthlessly and raucously skewers the myths of liberal tolerance, peace, and civility. Unhinged shows how conservatives are driving their opponents mad. The good news for liberals? Self-help starts here.
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