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

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

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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