In the story titled "Phony Soldier Charged With Making Up Claims of Atrocities in Iraq", they reported:
SEATTLE — A man who tried to position himself as a leader of the anti-war movement by claiming to have participated in war crimes while serving in Iraq is facing federal charges of falsifying his record.
Organizations that opposed the war, including Iraq Veterans Against the War, posted videos or statements containing Macbeth’s claims on their Web sites. In one videotaped interview, a skinny, stuttering Macbeth, dressed in a camouflage jacket, described slaughtering hundreds of people in a mosque: “We would burn their bodies ... hang their bodies from the rafters in the mosque,” he said.
"He approached us in early 2006, posing as a war veteran. He seemed very emotionally distressed about his experiences,” said Amadee Braxton, a spokeswoman for Iraq Veterans Against the War, based in Philadelphia.
Macbeth admitted falsifying the documents because he was homeless and wanted to “sucker” anything he could out of the government.
If Media Matters and the elected Democratic Leadership had a "phony soldier" search filter watching so they could denounce people attacking our troops, they missed this one. Which is too bad.
Because if they had read the article, they would have known that Macbeth was a phony soldier who was used by the left to attack our troops and falsely accuse them of war crimes.
Now THAT would have been something worthy of a speech on the Senate Floor. Senator Reid actually defending our troops against a real smear.
But of course, at the time this story came out, Reid was busy claiming we had lost the war. He was in no mood to defend the troops, he just wanted them to admit defeat and come home. His party members were more interested in attacking troops for "murdering civilians in cold blood" than defending them against false charges of doing so.
But if they had read the story, as Rush Limbaugh did, maybe they would have felt the same outrage Rush had for "phony soldiers" pretending to be Iraq vets so they could make videos to be used as recruiting videos for our enemies. Maybe they'd have understood the urge to stand up and denounce these phony soldiers who claimed our troops killed women and children and hung their bodies from the rafters of Mosques. Maybe they'd have taken to the floor of the house and senate to denounce those who gave Jesse Macbeth a platform to spout his hate-filled lies against the men and women fighting and dying in Iraq.
Instead, they were silent. Not a word against Jesse. Not a word against the IVAW for putting him in their programs. Not a word against the official left-wing blogs of whom they are members, which repeated Macbeth's lies to demoralize the troops and help destroy the support for them at home and abroad.
And when Rush defended our soldiers against Macbeth's attacks, the Democratic leadership, instead of joining him and admitting their own side's culpability, sought to hide their involvement by attacking Rush for calling them out, by putting words in his mouth he never said, and making speeches condemning him for things they KNOW were false, both in fact of the transcript, and in what they know of Rush's support for our military.
That's the real story here -- how the left propped up a phony soldier (and Macbeth isn't the only one), so willing to believe that our troops were capable of the atrocities Macbeth told of.
And they wonder why they are considered anti-troops? A Republican hears Macbeth and assumes he's lying until it's proven true. Apparently most Democrats here Macbeth and believe he is telling the truth, find it perfectly rational that our troops are murderous thugs and war criminals who would kill innocent civilians in cold blood, including women and children.
And worse, when the liars are revealed, there is no outcry from the left, just a few people erasing blog entries and purging membership rolls. Because for the left, and too many Elected Democrats, the person my be a fake, but the story is still "accurate".