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Posted by on May 28, 2007 in War | 9 comments

Fake butReal and Accurate

Oops:

The genius investigators in the right-wing blogosphere — who serve as our Watchdogs over the Corrupt “MSM” — made a major, major discovery this weekend. Last Wednesday, former CIA agent Larry Johnson published a Memo (.pdf) sent from the U.S. Mission in Iraq which advised troops and other military personnel in Iraq of a “theater-wide delay in food delivery” which would likely limit the available food supply.

As has been true for the last four years, right-wing bloggers simply shut their eyes and refused to believe that any news reflecting poorly on the Leader’s War could be real. Just as was true for news reports of civil war and a growing Iraqi insurgency, this Memo just had to be a fake, so they declared it to be such.

The super-tough-(and-anonymous)-Churchillian-warrior “Ace of Spades” Memo (.pdf) sent from the U.S. Mission in Iraq which advised troops and other military personnel in Iraq of a “theater-wide delay in food delivery” which would likely limit the available food supply.

As has been true for the last four years, right-wing bloggers simply shut their eyes and refused to believe that any news reflecting poorly on the Leader’s War could be real. Just as was true for news reports of civil war and a growing Iraqi insurgency, this Memo just had to be a fake, so they declared it to be such.

The super-tough-(and-anonymous)-Churchillian-warrior “Ace of Spades” got the investigative ball rolling, declaring: “that document is fake” (emphasis in original). “Ace” then explained: “someone is attempting to gin up a rather minor convoy delay into something that threatens the feeding of our troops.” These accusations were grounded in “Ace’s” belief that an eagle in the corner of the memo was inauthentic, copied from a figurine. Upon finding the image online, “Ace” excitedly announced that he discovered “How The Retarded Forger Found The Image.” “>got the investigative ball rolling, declaring: “that document is fake” (emphasis in original). “Ace” then explained: “someone is attempting to gin up a rather minor convoy delay into something that threatens the feeding of our troops.” These accusations were grounded in “Ace’s” belief that an eagle in the corner of the memo was inauthentic, copied from a figurine. Upon finding the image online, “Ace” excitedly announced that he discovered “How The Retarded Forger Found The Image.”

Others like Charles Johnson weighed in, all declaring the memo to be (a) fake.

Only problem: it’s authentic.

These people did do some great investigative reporting in the past, so I don’t feel a need to lash out to them. It should serve as a reminder, however, that confidence is good, arrogance is not.

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  • Lynx

    hmmm, something wrong with the post, the paragraphs show up repeated.

  • Rudi

    Maybe thats why the link is “Oops”. From NoQuarters LJ’s blog is this link to the WaPo verifying the food convoy problem. One clarification, the support troops in FOB’s will not get their supply of lattes, ice cream and fresh fruit and vegatables. I would guess the combat troops eat MREs while on patrols, not the catered food at FOB’s. Let the softies eat MRE’s like those on patrol. I wonder if it’s a logistics problem or insurrgents attacking the convoys?

  • Rudi
  • What little I’ve read from “Ace of Spades” has been pure support the Bush Administration at all costs junk. I’ve considered him to be one of the prime examples on the right of ideological lobotomy.

  • Entropy

    Fact-checking like this is what blogs are good at. There was some reason to be suspicious because the memo letterhead used a Hummel figurine image – quite strange, but real nonetheless. Many of the bloggers who raised suspicions have not confirmed its authenticity.

  • Bones_708

    Yep real memo, they had to close the salad bars. Bush can’t do anything right!! On the good news tho, shortages over and there are plenty of fresh veggies for all.

  • Rudi

    Bones there are drugs that can treat your nuerotic support of W.

  • Bones_708

    When people act like it’s a horrible thing that W hasn’t kept the salad bar stocked and I make fun of that it’s “nuerotic support”?

    I won’t comment on the spelling because I way to bad myself, but what makes my comments seem nervous or distressed? Can you even have neurotic support of someone? Really it just doesn’t make sense. Blind support, psychopathic, psychotic, maybe but neurotic? Nay not I!

  • C Stanley

    You’ve gotta admit, Rudi, this whole thing was pretty trivial (though that makes it even stupider that the right wing blogs were all over it). But a shortage of fresh greens in a war zone? Wow, scandalous! And I hear that they STILL don’t have any bacon bits!!!

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