Grrr...Blood Pressure rising....
Things like this really aggravate me. Apparently, this Special Forces Ranger * spent 16 months in Iraq and was ordered to do all sorts of atrocities. Upon returning form the war, he joins up with Iraqi Veterans Against the War and starts speaking at anti-war rallies and gets a 20-minute film made about his experiences.
The only problem is, HE NEVER SEVED IN THE ARMY. At all. Ever.
Much like Jimmy Massey (who did actual serve but made up numerous accounts of atrocities he committed), the anti-war crowd latched onto him and hailed him as hero.
Meanwhile, you have the Army prosecuting the soldiers involved in the actual (although rare) crimes. The Armed forces have ROUTINELY investigated and charged (where appropriate) servicemen and women who commit crimes in the course of their service. Remember, we KNOW about the Abu Graib mess precisely because the Army released the information to the media.
But, back to Jessie-
We KNOW he’s lying about being in the Army and in Iraq for 16 months, because he’s HOME in Arizona in April of 2004. Here he is in his own words (from the State Press Editorial April 23, 2004)-
I understand they're upset about the homeless bathing and panhandling in the store. I would be upset about that, too. But again, my problem with them and the Free to Camp Coalition's problem are way different. I would gladly sit down with Coffee Plantation and discuss a way we can resolve this, because I've really got better things to do than protest. I am on the verge of being reshipped out. If Coffee Plantation will agree to change some things, then I will no longer protest. Some of the things include not banning people based on appearance or social status. If people are bathing in your bathroom, then ban them. But if they are paying customers and they are quietly sitting down and enjoying a drink like everyone else and you ban them because you don't like what they're wearing, then that is not right. If they were worried and customers were complaining, then I might understand.
I served in Iraq 16 months as a U.S. Army Ranger. Coming back home and being treated that way angered me. Coffee Plantation is not the enemy or my enemy. The owners who discriminate are the enemy. I used to go and hang out there all the time. I would play chess and buy food there all day sometimes.
Lucia Bill and Brian Clapp, it works better if you print the whole truth, not shape it to fit your opinion or Coffee Plantation's. Your column is just another example of how the media mistreats the people. I love America. I would fight a million wars and die a million times to ensure the safety of America and the American people. So if that makes me a jerk or a socialistic pig, then so be it. I have a lot of pride in my country, my service in my uniform and all of my battle buddies out there right now fighting and dying. I won't set that aside for anything. If Coffee Plantation wants to sit and talk to resolve this, I will gladly.
I won't discuss the day I'm being shipped off. But we need to arrange talks ASAP if Coffee Plantation wants to talk.
Keep in mind that at this point, we’d only been in Iraq for 13 months, and in later tellings, he wasn't due to be redeployed, he had received a medical discharge.
Wait a sec...what's an ACTIVE DUTY soldier (who would have been at Fort Bragg) doing hanging out in a coffeeshop in PHOENIX?
Bah, feh, I can’t handle any more of this. I shouldn’t let one asshat get me so worked up. Mostly it’s how it reflects on the Army (Fort Bragg in particular), but partly it’s because this idiot was in my adopted hometown.
Here’s some links to peruse if you are interested-
What it boils down to for me is, the next time you anti-war folks want a ‘hero’ to look up to, please make sure that he’s ACTUALLY been in the military, and if he’s admitting to war crimes please alert the MPs at the nearest military installation. Crap like this takes away from things that are really going on, both good and bad.
But I know that the only thing to come out of this will be more “false but accurate” BS.
Oh, and no, he’s not a Rovian plant to make you look foolish. Y’all did that one all on your own.
Sorry for the rant today, just had to get that out of my system.
*Well, they took the interview down now, so you can't see what this idiot was saying. That's a good start. Any bets on whether we'll see a retraction or if it'll just be as thought tey never knew about him? I found a copy of the interview here, if you haven't read it already.
Jesse MacBeth,anti-war hysteria