Jesse Mac Beth, a self proclaimed war hero who had his fifteen minutes of fame and became the darling of the left by claiming to have murdered Iraqi civilians, has been sentenced to five months in jail for his deception.

According to the ABC news story:
“He was in the Army for 40 days before he was kicked out of boot camp for being unfit,” said U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Sullivan. “He was never in Iraq.”…

Macbeth’s story of killing men and women as they left a Baghdad mosque included claims that he was a U.S. Army Ranger and had received the Purple Heart for injuries suffered in combat in Iraq.

The worst part of the story is that it will be used by jihadi websites to incite hatred of the US:

His interview was translated into Arabic and distributed in the Middle East, said the U.S. attorney.

My husband is a World War II veteran. He would be the first one to tell you that in wars, especially wars of insurgencies, that atrocities occur on all sides.

But the anti war groups of the 1960’s are the same ones protesting the war today: They were not against war, for if they were, they would have been hiring boats to rescue the Vietnamese boat people in the 1970’s, and right now they’d be out there protesting at the Saudi Embassy, for it is Saudi money that funds the radical mosques and the suicide bombers against innocent Shiite civilians in Iraq and many of the bombs against ferries and buses here in the Philippines.
No, they are for a certain political side, (against Bush) and would overlook all the murders (in this case by Islamicists) by the other side because, to use the Arab proverb, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
And if I am sarcastic about this, it’s because Been there, done that.

But the difference now is that, unlike forty years ago, when a letter to the editor was our only recourse, and often not published, the lies can be quickly uncovered.

So again, the truth has caught up to a liar. (I believe the blogosphere/Milblogs were the ones to first notice his uniform was not correct, hinting he was not military…once someone checked his background, the ruse was up and the right wing blogs had a field day).

And, unlike John Kerry, a real war hero who was duped into telling the US Congress claims of atrocities that he didn’t find out until years later were falsifications, (and apologized for doing do) the real story came out quickly.
But, alas, the internet is a two sided sword in the propaganda wars. The false story will just continue to be recycled on one web site after another, while the correction is unlikely to be noticed at all by those who were duped into spreading the story.

Unlike John Kerry, I doubt the Kos kids will bother to apologize.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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