Sunday, February 05, 2006

What's a little slander of soldiers in the cause of a "larger truth?"

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the collection of kooks, including this honey, who were getting together to pretend they had the authority to issue indictments of President Bush. While the fetching Ms. Karpinski was engaged in this fun little exercise, she decided to take a swing at her former compatriots:

Last week, Col. Janis Karpinski told a panel of judges at the Commission of Inquiry for Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration in New York that several women had died of dehydration because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. They were afraid of being assaulted or even raped by male soldiers if they had to use the women's latrine after dark.

For example, Maj. Gen. Walter Wojdakowski, Sanchez's top deputy in Iraq, saw "dehydration" listed as the cause of death on the death certificate of a female master sergeant in September 2003. Under orders from Sanchez, he directed that the cause of death no longer be listed, Karpinski stated. The official explanation for this was to protect the women's privacy rights.
One problem. No female master sergeants have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I suppose this is fake, but accurate enough to use as a slur against our military as being such a bunch of appalling rapists that women will dehydrate themselves rather than risk having to go to the bathroom at night for fear of rape. Who cares if the story is actually true? What matters is that people think the worst about our military. Don't forget, they support the troops.

Over at Never Yet Melted, Darwin points out another rather obvious problem with the idea that female soldiers are such easy rape fodder that they cannot safely hit the latrine.

******* Update ********

Stars to Eagles Batman!!!! Greyhawk does a job on this story. I stopped after one idiotic lie. Greyhawk hits them ALL! The best line of all is:
Relieved of command and reduced in rank, her own defense in the subsequent months has been that while everyone above her in rank knew what everyone below her in rank was doing, she had been kept in the dark.