Jesse Macbeth: I admit it, I’m a filthy liar

posted at 3:47 pm on September 21, 2007 by Allahpundit

Update (MM): More Jesse MacBeth background here, here, here, here , and here.

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A blast from Hot Air’s past. He smeared American soldiers on video, accusing them of massacring Iraqis inside a mosque and executing them at close range — “they would actually feel the hot muzzle of my rifle on their forehead” — but it’s now almost forgotten that he also apparently doctored his discharge form to cover his tracks after milbloggers started sniffing around. Thankfully he was too stupid to do a good job of it so they caught him in the act there, too.

A Washington man, whose claims to have slaughtered civilians as a U.S. Army Ranger in Iraq were seen by millions on YouTube, admitted in federal court in Seattle today that he was a fake and a liar.

Jesse Adam Macbeth, 23, pleaded guilty to charges he faked his war record. “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.

ABC is framing this as another example of the “phony war hero” phenomenon, which it isn’t. While scummy and pathetic, civilians who impersonate troops to steal the glory of the uniform at least aren’t besmirching the service. This turd faked his record so that he could sell the image of the tainted uniform to the left. Throw the book at him.

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In a perfect world this ungreatful bastard would be hung… On Pay Per View.

Zetterson on September 21, 2007 at 3:52 PM

Leave my sight and may his name never be spoken from henceforth.

LakeRuins on September 21, 2007 at 3:53 PM

Another candidate for the Isalmist recruitment centers in prison, bet on it.

bbz123 on September 21, 2007 at 3:53 PM

bbz123 on September 21, 2007 at 3:53 PM

you’re right. we’ll probably hear from him again.

thebrokenchair on September 21, 2007 at 3:58 PM

May he be forced to go to Walter Reed or any other veteran’s hospital and be made to apologize. I’m sick of his kind and their apologists breathing the same air as true veterans and heroes breathe.

MNDavenotPC on September 21, 2007 at 3:59 PM

What’s the problem? Just because he wasn’t there and no one can provide a shred of evidence that what he claimed is true doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Besides, what’s important is the seriousness of the charge. No, wait. It’s just like the Dan Rather memos, it’s false evidence of a true event. No, wait. It was Karl Rove, he set the guy up.

My God, how do they not fall over from the dizziness?

trubble on September 21, 2007 at 4:02 PM

He smeared American soldiers on video, accusing them of massacring Iraqis inside a mosque and executing them at close range… Thankfully he was too stupid to do a good job of it so they caught him in the act there, too.

I thought I was back in the “Murtha gets punk’d” thread for a moment there.

saint kansas on September 21, 2007 at 4:04 PM

Five months in jail.

RushBaby on September 21, 2007 at 4:06 PM

COMES NOW, Moveon.org, and in tribute to actions over and above that which is to be expected from an, otherwise, menial member of our illustrious movement, does HEREBY ORDER, DECREE AND AWARD our Legion of Merit for Conduct Which Is Intended to Embarrass, Mock, Belittle and Otherwise Objectify Our Hostility and Utter Contempt Towards the United States of America, her Armed Forces and her People [With Clusters]:

To Jessee Adam Macbeth.

BE IT, HEREAFTER, ACKNOWLEDGED that said Award recipient shall have good standing, with our movement, for as long as there shall exist any Americans who hate, dismiss, or otherwise hold in contempt, the United States of America, her Armed Forces and her People.

On this 21st Day of September, 2007.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 21, 2007 at 4:12 PM

Ah, more threads lately back in the old “fake but accurate” world. Maybe Mary Mapes will be available to edit Macbeth’s certain-to-be-upcoming book.

eeyore on September 21, 2007 at 4:29 PM

If I didn’t do it“?

bdfaith on September 21, 2007 at 4:33 PM

What a douchebag! Since he was unfit to serve, I’m sure Murtha will offer him a job as a staffer really soon. Or Murtha could use his contacts at the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure.

He should be lucky he wasn’t working for the Glacier. He could have two taps to the head and been dumped in a park.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on September 21, 2007 at 4:45 PM

This is Sparta!….just sayin’

Limerick on September 21, 2007 at 4:50 PM

Poster child for dKos.

right2bright on September 21, 2007 at 4:53 PM

I bet he made his parents proud.

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GT on September 21, 2007 at 5:01 PM

You gotta admit, the left’s getting better at finding their fabulists. Next to Macbeth, ex-PFC Beauchamp looks pretty STRAC.

BohicaTwentyTwo on September 21, 2007 at 5:02 PM

His home of record 1244 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, Arizona, is and has been for many years an empty lot.

slp on September 21, 2007 at 5:13 PM

I feel too much contempt mixed with sorrow that I can’t really hate the guy. Well, I will admit to loathing him. I just want him to head off to the Pen for a spell…

major john on September 21, 2007 at 5:27 PM

The only thing interesting about the legendary Jesse Macbeth is that anyone, anywhere, for even the scantest fraction of a second, actually fell for his fables.

The fact that a great many in the left-wing blogosphere fell for it hook, line, sinker, lock, stock, barrel, kit AND kaboodle … tells you everything you need to know about the American Left.

In fact: the Republicans should use him. A simple 30 second commercial. Show ten seconds of Jesse Macbeth. Just ten seconds. Doesn’t matter which ten seconds.

Then a voice-over – Fred Thompson’s voice would do just fine actually. Leave Jesse Macbeth on the screen but muted. Now the line:

“A great many Democrats believed this gentleman when he lied about his military service. A great many Democrats believed he was a combat soldier. Many believed his claim that he was an (pause) Army Ranger. (Long, long pause.) That’s right. An Army Ranger.”

Zoom in on Macbeth. A longer pause. Then the voice:

“We’re not kidding.”

Fade to out.

Fade back in. Now a silent slow camera pan down the front row of a platoon of actual Rangers. Unsmiling and fierce.

Fade to black.

Professor Blather on September 21, 2007 at 5:32 PM

This turd faked his record so that he could sell the image of the tainted uniform to the left.

Well, he obviously saw how well that had worked out for John “Jenjis Khan” Kerry. Just another example of the “Lefty maggot smearing the troops” meme. He can be part of the foundation for a new VA home, for all I care.

This was actually the story that brought me to Hot Air, so it is indeed a blast from the past. I’m getting a little misty here…

ReubenJCogburn on September 21, 2007 at 5:33 PM

Beauchamp would get along great with this loser.

Ryan Gandy on September 21, 2007 at 5:50 PM

The only thing interesting about the legendary Jesse Macbeth is that anyone, anywhere, for even the scantest fraction of a second, actually fell for his fables.

If you want to believe, you don’t need facts, or even plausibility. And the left so badly wants to believe that what we are doing over there is wrong that they will jump on any bandwagon that seems to be going in the right direction and is playing the tune they want to hear.

We must never never allow ourselves to do the same.

Bob's Kid on September 21, 2007 at 6:01 PM

Another candidate for the Isalmist recruitment centers in prison, bet on it.

bbz123 on September 21, 2007 at 3:53 PM

Yep, he got 5 months.

Hollowpoint on September 21, 2007 at 6:08 PM

Maybe when this guy gets out of jail he can run as John Kerry’s VP next time. Bird of a feather.

Maxx on September 21, 2007 at 7:42 PM

What a fucking fuck…he needs to dance in the ring of fire with some real rangers.

Five minutes should be enough.

Five minutes and a shovel

Ochlan on September 21, 2007 at 7:55 PM

hey, is this guy a fake vet?

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=snOSbpebAeM

jummy on September 21, 2007 at 7:55 PM

Apologies for the above language…this kinda stuff burns me deeply

Ochlan on September 21, 2007 at 7:59 PM

Ahhhhh! Sweet, sweet schadenfreude. Jesse, I hope your cellmate is a 300-lb. black guy named Bubba who finds you quite pretty.

JinxMcHue on September 21, 2007 at 8:07 PM

jummy on September 21, 2007 at 7:55 PM

I don’t know, but I know TruthOut is fake. (“Rove to be indicted in 24 hours! What? It’s Friday and indictments aren’t handed down on weekends? Oh, then what I meant was 24 business hours.”)

JinxMcHue on September 21, 2007 at 8:09 PM

He’s an alien. Look at the lenght of that neck. Jeeze

VolMagic on September 21, 2007 at 8:26 PM

Throw the book at him.

…and make it a large one.

Zorro on September 21, 2007 at 9:06 PM

Allah, he’s in court in Seattle. The only book they will throw at him is the little books that used to come in Cracker Jacks.

Helloyawl on September 21, 2007 at 10:04 PM

Where’s Macduff when you need him?

aengus on September 21, 2007 at 11:18 PM

He should serve is time in Abu Ghraib.

BDavis on September 22, 2007 at 1:26 AM

In fact: the Republicans should use him. A simple 30 second commercial.

Why wait for the GOP? That’s what YouTube is for!

/See also: the Apple/Hillary mashup. Obama Girl. Get it?

bamapachyderm on September 22, 2007 at 1:43 AM

The Seattle Times:

“They would actually feel the hot muzzle of my rifle on their forehead,” he reportedly said on the video, which is no longer in circulation.

Bet I know where the next “hot muzzle” is coming from for ol’ Jesse. ;-P

bamapachyderm on September 22, 2007 at 1:45 AM

“On June 7, 2007, Macbeth pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.[33] MacBeth was sentenced September 21, 2007, to 5 months in jail and three years probation.[34]”

wikipedia

Kaptain Amerika on September 22, 2007 at 2:39 AM

Remember the days when people wanted to pretend they were war heroes?

Nowadays the fantasy is to be a scumbag killer American soldier

Better perks

Legitimate honorable American soldier hero = derision. Even Presidential candidates like messiah-boy stay away from this hot potato

Phoney dishonorable American scumbag soldier = press coverage, poster boy status, awe, reverence

Gee the new hero is – the Anti-Hero

Just like the new Christ is – the Anti-Christ

Barf

entagor on September 22, 2007 at 12:47 PM

In fact: the Republicans should use him. A simple 30 second commercial. Show ten seconds of Jesse Macbeth. Just ten seconds. Doesn’t matter which ten seconds.
Professor Blather on September 21, 2007 at 5:32 PM

Why not follow that up with 10 seconds of Hillary criticising gen. Petraues followed by 10 seconds of Murtha accusing our troops of being thugs ?

SIJ6141 on September 22, 2007 at 1:57 PM