Saturday, November 12, 2005
  Does Service Guarantee Credibility?
Anti-American lefties who make false claims regarding their military service seek credibility first. We saw it in the case of Edward Daily and others who tried to smear the honor of Korean War vets by making up lies about an incident they couldn't possibly have witnessed. We saw it in those who publicly opposed the Vietnam War while lying about their combat service there. We see make claims of military service in order to create a bully pulpit from which to oppose the war on terror, specifically Iraq.

One of the finest, recent examples is Jimmy Massey, a former Marine sergeant who did actually serve in Iraq. He used the credibility granted him by his service to try and discredit Corps and country. He also used it to make some money telling lies.

Massey authored a book about the supposed atrocities he and his unit committed. To get the book, titled "Kill! Kill! Kill!", published, Massey had to go all the way to France. (That should have been a clue!) In the book, he claims that during a six-week period in 2003 his platoon killed over 30 Iraqi civilians. These included peaceful, unarmed demonstrators.

"That day we shot the protesters in the Rashid complex was when I had a moment of clarity and I understood that by our actions of doing that, we set the tone overall for what the Iraqis were seeing and the brutality of what we were doing was being displayed," Massey claimed. "We in fact, I feel, escalated the violence. ... I spent long hours speechless and looking at the wall, seeing nothing but only images of the killed Iraqis."

The St. Louis Post Dispatch says Massey claimed that, "Marines fired on and killed peaceful Iraqi protesters. Americans shot a 4-year-old Iraqi girl in the head. A tractor-trailer was filled with the bodies of civilian men, women and children killed by American artillery."

Massey is a co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War, a position which is no doubt profitable as he is sought after to speak to peacenik groups around the country. His claims should be troubling to all those who love this great nation and believe our troops should act with honor. They should be troubling, except for the fact that Jimmy Massey has been proven to be a liar.

"Each of his claims is either demonstrably false or exaggerated - according to his fellow Marines, Massey's own admissions, and the five journalists who were embedded with Massey's unit, including a reporter and photographer from the Post-Dispatch and reporters from The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal," writes Ron Harris of the Post Dispatch. "From the beginning, Massey misled reporters. ... The details of Massey's stories changed repeatedly. ... Nor could he name any Marine who could corroborate any of his stories. ... Massey was discharged ... due to depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome."

So, this darling of the left-media who exposed the "truth" about America's actions in Iraq turns out to be nothing more than a sad, unbalanced liar. At least he's got company in the ranks of those who lie for their own glory and gain. Not good company mind you, but company nonetheless.
If he is part of the mainstream "left" then Tim McVey is a product of the mainstream "right". At least the left didn't conduct domestic terrorism like the right clearly has done.
Right. And all we've gotten from the left for the last thirty years is political and military weakness that invites attack. Carter & Iran, Clinton & Al Qaeda. But that's okay. A term or two of liberal weakness always seems to guarantee a few terms of conservative strength.

And your comment had absolutely nothing to do with the context of the post. Like a good liberal, since you can't address the substance of the issue, just spin, spin, spin.

How do you make the illogical leap that Tim McVey is from the right?
James' association of Jimmy Massey with the left in this country is spot on. He represents their central message (apart from free abortions for every pregnant teen, that we are wrong to be in Iraq.

The only "right" that McVey could be associated with would be the "extreme right" (i.e state militias, KKK, neo-Nazis, skin heads etc), and they have nothing to do with the mainstream right in this country. [Here's a clue for you. In the political debate world it is the left vs the right, liberals vs conservatives, NOT liberals/left vs violent lunatics! Nice try though.]

I guess, like the typical liberal, Kevin, this is the best you can do. What's wrong? You can't formulate your own arguements so you resort to ludicrous comparisions that have nothing to do with either the post you are commenting about much less reality?
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