Blogging from Baghdad: Matt Sanchez checks in at FOB Falcon

posted at 6:01 pm on July 31, 2007 by Bryan

That’s the same FOB Falcon chronicled by TNR’s Scott Thomas Beauchamp. Matt, a former Marine, has been looking into Beauchamp’s writings:

There’s no doubt the Baghdad Diarist comments distract from the mission. Lt. Colonel James Crider of the 1-4 Cavalry of Ft. Riley, Kansas gave me a Significant Acts (SIGACTS) briefing that included three car bombs, several IED’s and today’s near encounter with a lobbed grenade. No one has been injured due to information from locals. “The 1-4 Cavalry has been fairly successful in getting the people on our side,” said Lt. Colonel Crider with a slightly southern accent that translates well to the residents of this southeast Baghdad neighborhood…

With the dangers of the real mission in mind, soldiers at the PAO are frustrated that the major media has chosen to focus on the negative, a common complaint I have heard among troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The real question here is about accountability,” said Public Affairs Officer Major Luke Luedeke who was quick to debunk several statements in Private Beauchamp’s article “Shock Troops”, after several military bloggers, JD Johannes, Jeff Emanuel and Michael Yon, pointed out glaring inconsistencies in Beauchamp’s articles.

“Record Media Attention”

New York Times, O’Reilly Factor, ABC, CNN, Hot Air, in the past two weeks, Major Luedeke has dealt with more media inquiries over the Beauchamp controversy than any other subject in his entire career.

After several terse conversations, it was obvious soldiers at FOB Falcon took the events described in The New Republic very seriously. What was not so obvious was how seriously The New Republic editorial staff treated the matter. If the investigation proves the “Baghdad Diarist” stories to be false, what will The New Republic do? Will they retract the story? Will they reveal the process they used to vet the original information? Every soldier I spoke to realizes he or she is accountable for what is said and done while deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Careers can be ruined because of scandals like the “Baghdad Diarist.”

Indeed. From what we know at the moment, the only career that ought to be ruined is that of Mr. Beauchamp, for providing an unneeded distraction in the war zone, for smearing his fellow soldiers (along with outing himself as a first class jerk) and for being a C-grade fiction writer. At best.


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We should get Beauchamp and Sanchez in the same hooch to “discuss” the PFC’s claims….

jcrue on July 31, 2007 at 6:20 PM

Will the new republic pick another soldier from the same FOB to give his discription of the events (Or non events) ?

Or are we to believe that Beauchamp is the only soldier there that has anything important to say ?

I think Hotair and any othre blog would do a great service to interveiw a soldier from this same FOB and get his feelings about the whole situation.

William Amos on July 31, 2007 at 6:30 PM

This man is very good. I remember him having some trouble at Columbia with some anti-military protesters too, while he attending classes there.

PowWow on July 31, 2007 at 6:41 PM

Yeah, it may have been a lie…but it could have happened. Someone posted a couple of days ago, this only makes him presidential material as far as the left is concerned.

Right now, Mr. Beauchamp, is quivering for his life. You can bet his “comfort” level has dropped. All he wants is to be back on this soil, surrounded by his friends on the left who will celebrate his diary.

right2bright on July 31, 2007 at 6:48 PM

the only career that ought to be ruined is that of Mr. Beauchamp, for providing an unneeded distraction in the war zone, for smearing his fellow soldiers (along with outing himself as a first class jerk MONSTROSITY DESERT TROLL) and for being a C-grade fiction writer. At best.

There. Fixed that for you Brian.

Mcguyver on July 31, 2007 at 7:10 PM

As much as when I read the diary, I said BS, we know stuff happens. I was scanning LiveLeak and found one video shot by someone in a Humvee, they are drinking beer, even the drive drank while driving. They come apon a checkpoint and scream out the window,

“F&*$ it stinks. Clean up your F-n Country…..they’re dirty little f’ers I tell ya.”

Now, we know that stuff like this happens, but to put record t and have it online, just plain stupid.

Now, did they say anything really bad? No, but, you dont win hearts and minds that way. In wars, are you suppose to win hearts and minds? Maybe not. An argument can be said that we won the war years ago. Now we are the occupiers and we are the police in some areas. We are suppose to be holding their hands and teaching them how to lead.

It makes me a little mad to see it, because there is so much good happening in Iraq, we have so many great ambassadors, the 1% hurt the other 99%. This video shows that things do happen over there we most would not approve of.

WoosterOh on July 31, 2007 at 7:21 PM

Weekly Standard has a Sanchez followuo

We emailed Sanchez to see if we could get anything more definitive. Sanchez reports that the New Republic has sent “one or two emails” to the PAO at FOB Falcon to ask what were called “lukewarm” questions as part of their effort to “re-report” the stories.

Sanchez added that:

No one has seen or heard of the melting lady. No soldier would confuse an officer with a contractor. It just wouldn’t happen. It’s a small base and most people have seen each other. I just got back today and all these people I haven’t seen in a month are welcoming me back. They don’t know me, but they’ve seen me before.

Topsecretk9 on July 31, 2007 at 7:32 PM

No soldier would confuse an officer with a contractor. It just wouldn’t happen.

Exactly what I said when this story broke. If a soldier can’t tell a contractor from military in a DFAC, how can he tell friend from foe in a firefight.

And, TNR, where’s the stratified mass grave?

Bryan on July 31, 2007 at 7:35 PM

So, how do we take this story and impale TNR with it? How do we DESTROY Foer’s career as an editor? You’d think that TNR would learn it’s lesson. This is at least as bad as Stephen Glass.

georgej on July 31, 2007 at 7:55 PM

Here is a comment on Sanchez’s blog

Right now, PV2 Scott Thomas Beauchamp is in the middle of an Article 15-6 investigation. If his allegations are true, then he’s a dirtbag who demeans disfigured women, tolerates the desecration of human remains and thinks that running over dogs is funny. If his allegations are false, he’s a walking honor code violation. Either way, I’m not impressed. Nobody on my tour did the kinds of things that he’s claiming.

Can anyone describe a Article 15-6 investigation?

Topsecretk9 on July 31, 2007 at 7:56 PM

Can anyone describe a Article 15-6 investigation?

Topsecretk9 on July 31, 2007 at 7:56 PM

It’s a disciplinary review, short of a full court martial but still very serious.

Bryan on July 31, 2007 at 8:05 PM

Topsecretk9

I like that last post. Either way, he is a dirt ball.

We seen from his writing he had bad intentions and he will get what he deserves.

That Other than honorable will hurt him badly, but I am sure the left will be proud of him and enlist him to be another one of their un-touchables because he served that they like to bring forward. Then say we dont support the military if we say what a scumbag he is.

WoosterOh on July 31, 2007 at 8:05 PM

Here is a guide for AR 15-6

WoosterOh on July 31, 2007 at 8:14 PM

Bryan, did you get my email?

Bad Candy on July 31, 2007 at 8:21 PM

One thing I learned during my career as an aircrew member you do not want to fly with people you can’t trust. I had a couple of guys I flew with that scared me so bad I made sure the Operations Officer knew how I felt so I was never part of their crew again. You have to trust the folks you risk your life with. The useful idiot left wing soldier turned bag stabbing lying cheating author needs to have the entire Manual for Courts Martial thrown at him. Or better yet a little talk behind the blast fence with this retired Senior NCO.

KC-135A on July 31, 2007 at 8:22 PM

Thanks Bryan and Wooster for the “15-6 investigation” information.

and Bryan says

And, TNR, where’s the stratified mass grave?

and Sanchez reports
that the New Republic has sent “one or two emails” to the PAO at FOB Falcon to ask what were called “lukewarm” questions as part of their effort to “re-report” the stories.

Sounds like TNR is intentionally not “re-reporting” and just sort of pretending the shoe isn’t going to drop.

I read were the “TNR Whistleblower” told Ace that the TNR staff are putting up a lot of bravado publicly, but privately they are very nervous…

Topsecretk9 on July 31, 2007 at 8:32 PM

OOPS – I meant to blockquote this

that the New Republic has sent “one or two emails” to the PAO at FOB Falcon to ask what were called “lukewarm” questions as part of their effort to “re-report” the stories.

and not blockquote:

Sounds like TNR is intentionally not “re-reporting” and just sort of pretending the shoe isn’t going to drop.

I read were the “TNR Whistleblower” told Ace that the TNR staff are putting up a lot of bravado publicly, but privately they are very nervous…

Topsecretk9 on July 31, 2007 at 8:33 PM

Matt Sanchez may be our president someday.
Does P.R. count as U.S. born?

TheSitRep on July 31, 2007 at 8:58 PM

Slightly off topic, but HE’S HOT!

SouthernGent on July 31, 2007 at 9:49 PM

and for being a C-grade fiction writer

Yeah, but in the desert, he’s considered a solid A- grade fiction writer. Any female that has deployed knows what I am talking about.

BohicaTwentyTwo on July 31, 2007 at 10:11 PM

I hope that some of you Hot Air jesus-freak homophobes will read this and realize that one’s sexual orientation has no bearing on their patriotism or ability to serve honorably in our military.

The Sinner on July 31, 2007 at 11:44 PM

The Sinner on July 31, 2007 at 11:44 PM

I wrote that post. What’s your point?

Bryan on July 31, 2007 at 11:50 PM

Take a look at the vitriol towards homosexuals in other Hot Air threads Bryan, and you’ll know what I mean.

The Sinner on August 1, 2007 at 12:09 AM

Like this comment in the current YouTube/CNN debate thread:

AllahPundit, I think that we’ve FINALLY found someone that wants to talk about gay RIGHTS.

Mr. Sinner, maybe the nice Mr. AllahPundit can get you and audience with the Secretary General of the United Nations now…… OF COURSE, we ALL need to be talking about gay RIGHTS. After all, there are more gays than YouTubers anyhow, right? And most of those gays vote Republican, after all, don’t they?

CyberCipher on July 30, 2007 at 11:30 PM

Gay conservatives like myself are constantly demeaned on this site, if you haven’t noticed.

The Sinner on August 1, 2007 at 12:15 AM

Scott T. B., fictional writer.

“”The enemy doesn’t exist. We are here only to create more terrorists. I pursed my lips. A distant IED rocked the skyline. The hooch was as hot as an …” (flips through Roget’s Thesaurus) “…an overcooked corndog…” (shakes head) “…as a vibrator in sorority house…” (nods and smiles). “I was cleaning my M-16, sipping a papaya smoothie…(shakes head and rewrites) “…a Red Bull, and thinking about the stray Iraqi nannygoat my supply Sgt. garroted for fun after chow last night. I wondered if the Shi’ite family who owned it would starve without the hummus…” (googles goat products and selects:) “… feta cheese it provided.”

War is hell. Especially the similes.

profitsbeard on August 1, 2007 at 12:37 AM

Scott Thomas Beauchamp is married to a STAFFer at The New Republic.

He has also been enlisted in the military for a scant two and a half years, and he still hasn’t promoted past the rank of Private. I wonder why… maybe he just isn’t the least bit interested in advancing his job/career, because it isn’t a job/carrer, it’s an OPPORTUNITY with a lot more at stake than a simple military enlistment.

Does anyone else think it’s even a remote possiblilty that since Beauchamp’s married to a New Republic staffer, that he joined up in the military solely to have this opportunity and this whole thing’s a fix?

Anybody?

SilverStar830 on August 1, 2007 at 1:11 AM

Gay conservatives like myself are constantly demeaned on this site, if you haven’t noticed.

The Sinner on August 1, 2007 at 12:15 AM

Does anyone else hear the “Twilight Zone” theme in the background?

The Sinner likes to call other people names, but any critique of his poorly-worded hyper-prose is DEMEANING !!

Get a thicker skin and a Life, in that order

Janos Hunyadi on August 1, 2007 at 1:54 AM

Get a thicker skin and a Life, in that order

Janos Hunyadi on August 1, 2007 at 1:54 AM

Nahh, I’ll just continue to debunk you religious bigots.

The Sinner on August 1, 2007 at 2:08 AM

The Sinner

You make a great point. But, I think conservatives aspire for a perfect world. We dont always live up to the standards we wish to aspire America to be. We all fall short. I look at port almost daily, but I would want to elect someone in office that aspires to rid the world of porn, that is not hypocrisy, that is in search of a perfect world.

Conservatives think Homosexuality is a sin, we aspire for all to be heterosexuals, to replenish the Earth, but most of us dont hate homosexuals, we may be disgusted by the act, but we dont hate them. We all know that there are some honorable games that may be less sinful than ourselves, but that does not mean we cant aspire for this to be a world without homosexuality, sorry, it is just not a normal act. Everyone knows it, though some want to deny it.

This is not a perfect world, and too your point, we need to get along, hate the sin, love the sinner. As I said, I sin almost daily, so do homosexuals, God does not tell a difference in the sins, they are both sins. As far as we know, he may never even look at porn now, he may of been able to break that sin, and good for him.

I think the whole point is, Conservatives elect Conservatives to office to better the world, to get us as close to sinless as it can get. Liberals want more sin, more homosexuals, more dead babies, more sex, more lust, more greed, you name it, they are for it. Conservatives ar against it, but get caught up in the sins. That does not make them a hypocrite, it makes them a sinner.

WoosterOh on August 1, 2007 at 3:10 AM

The Sinner on July 31, 2007 at 11:44 PM

I don’t understand what this has to do with anything. Or did you just determine that it was time to highjack this thread to toot your own political horn?

conservnut on August 1, 2007 at 8:32 AM

The Sinner on August 1, 2007 at 12:09 AM

I’m more interested in your vitriol toward the readers here, in this thread. If you’re hijacking this thread for your liberal pals to distract from the facts that Matt is reporting re Beauchamp, it won’t last long.

Bryan on August 1, 2007 at 8:57 AM

Take a look at the vitriol towards homosexuals in other Hot Air threads Bryan, and you’ll know what I mean.

The Sinner on August 1, 2007 at 12:09 AM

Now your talkin’ talk about gay people, talk more about gay people. We need more dialogue about Gay issues.

TheSitRep on August 1, 2007 at 9:24 AM

Conservatives think Homosexuality is a sin

The Sinner on August 1, 2007

Trust me on this one “The Sinner”
Conservatives don’t think homosexuality is a sin.
However many Christians do, be they lib or con.

I am an ultra-conservative and not a Christian but rather a deist.
I don’t think it is a sin so much as it is just plain disgusting.
Hey, to each his own I say.
Just don’t come crying for my tax money to cure some disease that you go out of your way to get.

TheSitRep on August 1, 2007 at 9:32 AM

The Sinner-

Homosexuality is most likely Nature’s way of contolling overpopulation through a recessive gene expressed whenever the organism senses overcrowding.

People should be glad that it occurs.

It self-regulates over overuse of resources.

The problem, now, is that technology has done an end-run around Mother N. with in vitro, etc.

The water tables of the world are being overtaxed by local runaway population growth, expecially in areas where they cannot afford desalinization to counterbalance the loss.

Nature’s ways of checkmating our follies are as harsh as we are arrogant.

I’m sure Scott T. Beauchamp would agree.

profitsbeard on August 1, 2007 at 10:55 AM

Gay conservatives like myself are constantly demeaned on this site, if you haven’t noticed.

The Sinner on August 1, 2007 at 12:15 AM

The quote you used doesn’t show someone demeaning you as a gay conservative but rather stating the obvious.

Gay people, in general, do not vote Republican. There’s nothing to argue with there.

Besides, you’re not even the only gay conservative here.

Conservatives don’t think homosexuality is a sin.
However many Christians do, be they lib or con.

And yeah, I have to agree on that one. Conservatives in general aren’t always Christians. Homosexuality isn’t really a conservative issue except that, by definition, conservatives would conserve tradition by not changing the way marriage is defined.

Esthier on August 1, 2007 at 12:25 PM

Sinner, while I haven’t been reading Hot Air or any other blog for that matter for about 6 weeks while being in FL because my mother had surgery on her knees and then a heart attack, I honestly never have seen more than one or two creeps who say anything about gays negatively and when they do either Michelle, Bryan or Allah and the rest of us for that matter say something to those people. As for Matt Sanchez, he’s a very attractive man regardless of his orientation. I have a friend who is still an Air Force pilot who is also gay and a hottie to boot and no one really says anything or cares for that matter. It just annoys me to no end though how some people always have to play the victim.
As for Beauchamp, he’s a first class idiot and while I met a few like him in the military, fortunately he’s a rare breed. No one I know believed any of that garbage he wrote and he probably should be scared right now because I would imagine there are a lot of people who would like to see something happen to him but they know better. I think Silver Star has hit the nail on the head. This guy must be a poor excuse for a Soldier to have been in for 2 1/2 years and only be a Private. I believe he is a man on a mission to make the military look bad for his TNR wife and her little liberal friends.

Catie96706 on August 1, 2007 at 2:14 PM

I hope Beauchamp gets what is coming to him for lying and pushing his disingenuous agenda. I just also hope that the commenters here remember the contributions of Matt Sanchez and other homosexuals to our nation’s security & prosperity rather than disparage and damn them to hell as they have here here and here. That’s all.

The Sinner on August 1, 2007 at 6:52 PM

How the heck did this turn into a Gays in the military thread?

…is that you Matt Sanchez, or just a close personal friend of Matt Sanchez?

SilverStar830 on August 2, 2007 at 4:47 AM