***scroll for updates…Just Citizens blog reports that Army has no record of service from Jesse/Jessie MacBeth…more below…(hat tip: LGF )…12noon update: I just talked to the Army spokesman as well. Paul Boyce told me: “At a minimum, this appears to have been concocted” and “some sort of hoax.” Special Ops Command and State Department have been alerted. The uniform issues of the alleged soldier were a “red flag,” Boyce said. As were MacBeth’s claims to have entered the Army at 16 and exit at age 20, and have been both Army Ranger and Special Ops, and have received the Purple Heart and other medals. I asked whether there would be a criminal investigation. Boyce said they would follow up on any substantial leads.***
300pm EDT: The Peace Films site is now down.
“Jesse MacBeth” is currently the Number 2 search term at Technorati.
He’s the moonbat and purported Army Ranger featured here at “Peace Films” sliming the troops and weaving tales of Iraq war atrocities.
1. Special Forces Combat Patch (Wrong)
2. Two “Tabs” sewn above SF patch (Wrong- Only One)
3. No Ranger Tab
4. No Airborne Wings
5. No Unit Crest
6. No Sewn on Rank
7. No One in the Army rolls their sleeves like that.
8. Mustache is out of regulation by extending past the corner of the mouth.
A real soldier:
Thanks to my Hot Air colleagues and the milblogging Army of Debunkers for doing the job the mainstream media won’t do.
Update: More on the Army statement regarding MacBeth from Just Citizens:
Today, the Army ran a check on Mr. MacBeth’s credentials. It turns out, not surprisingly to anybody with half a mind, that Mr. MacBeth has NO Army service record. Anywhere. Period. This is a direct quote given to me by Army spokesman John Boyce:
“Initial research by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg shows no Soldier with the name of Jesse Macbeth having ever been assigned to the Special Forces or the Army Rangers — which are, in fact, two separate disciplines. This appears to be some sort of hoax. No Soldier by that name at Fort Lewis to our knowledge, in the past, either. Of course, the line about “go into the Army or go to jail” is vintage TV script not heard since the 1960s. There are also numerous wear and appearance issues with the Soldier’s uniform — a mix of foreign uniforms with the sleeves rolled up like a Marine and a badly floppy tan beret worn like a pastry chef. Of course, the allegations of war crimes are vague, as are the awards the Soldier allegedly received.”
Smash on Winter Soldiers, Revisited.
Peter Wehner debunks more anti-war lies.