Controversy Over Soldier Blog

A blog written by Pvt. Thomas Beauchamp which has appeared in the New Republic depicts the life of a soldier fighting in Iraq. In particular, the veracity of three of his stories have been disputed by the Weekly Standard and army officials. Beauchamp claimed a man working for the military had his tongue cut out by militants, that American soldiers mocked disfigured Iraqi women, and that their armored cars ran over dogs. The army claims Beauchamp has admitted he lied and that his fellow soldiers dispute his recitation of events. The New Republic claims he did not confess and their investigation concludes he was correct.

There is no question such disputes will always occur in wartime. I have no idea who is right or wrong in this situation since each side claims they have investigated and concluded one way or another. I suspect, as always, the truth lies in some gray area of life.