Is Haditha a hoax?
posted at 2:24 pm on June 9, 2006 by Allahpundit
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Clarice Feldman thinks we’re looking at Rathergate raised to the tenth power.
I think she overstates the case. Something’s definitely up with the Iraqi accusers — read (or re-read) Dan Riehl’s post from the other night and tally up the discrepancies — but sources inside the military have been saying for weeks how bad this looks. Members of Congress who have been briefed and whose last names aren’t “Murtha” sound uniformly grim. Gen. Hagee, who’s been doing some of the briefing, was himself sufficiently troubled by what he heard that he flew to Iraq to remind the Marines about the importance of human life. And commanders recently ordered re-training in “core values” for all 130,000 service members in the field.
The point is this: CBS got hoaxed on Rathergate because it wanted to believe the memos were real. The story, as Feldman says, was too good to check. But it’s not just the media that’s driving this one; it’s also the military, to the tune of two separate investigations. They have every reason not to want to believe there’s something to it — but, judging from outward appearances, they do.
I guess the Republicans think it's time to drag Fred A. Leuchter out of retirement.