A few years ago, an Army enlisted man writing under the pseudonym Scott Thomas, wrote an article in The New Republic claiming that American troops in Iraq were cracking under the pressure of fighting a virtually invisible enemy. He was, of course, condemned by the right, primarily based on statements made by his sergeant, who swore that he had never seen anything like the chaos "Thomas" reported. "Thomas" was accused of dishonoring the military.
Yes, well: Yesterday, that very same Sergeant was convicted by an American military court of murder. The court concluded that he had handcuffed four Iraqi prisoners before shooting them in the backs of their heads. Two other, lower-ranking members of the unit were also convicted of murder.
The enlisted man who wrote the piece, whose real name is Scott Thomas Beauchamp, continues to serve honorably.
I look forward to the apologies of right wing politicians, bloggers and radio hosts who condemned Beauchamp as a liar and a traitor. Clearly, he was absolutely right about the pressure getting to otherwise good soldiers.