Here’s a Media Matters item on James Pinkerton’s contribution to the Dolchstosslegende.
Right, I know; bad enough, but also fairly common nowadays. So that doesn’t really concern me. No, what I want to address is this shit:
PINKERTON: The second — the second frame is, the U.S. military needs to be carefully restrained with legal rules and procedures, and the ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] needs — and the Miranda rights, all that stuff needs to be in there. And we need to have these prosecutions.
PINKERTON: What — and — but — but the correct frame, I believe, is — it’s a — it’s a minority view, but it’s correct, is — there’s a fellow named Gary Brecher, who writes a — an email column called “War Nerd” for a Russian magazine online. And he makes the point, “Look, this is a war. What do you expect? This is not a police action, this is not a humanitarian mission. This is a war, and you’re going to get Hadithas.”
Oh my fucking God. War Nerd is a cleverly-executed joke, a comedy routine, a parody of keyboard kommandos. Yet since War Nerd’s so over the top, the 82nd Chairborne take him for one of their own.
Gavin adds: Here’s a passage from War Nerd:
I’m a war nerd. A backseat sergeant. I know what I am. All I have to do is look down at the keyboard and there’s my hairy white gut slopping over it, and there’s crumbs between the keys from the fake homemade soft’n'chewy big cookies in the vending machine downstairs. I mean they made me pay for the last keyboard because I spilled Diet Coke all over it. Diet Coke, the most fattening drink in the world. Every web pig in the world is swimming in it, farting off the side of the swivel chair, aroma-free carbonation farts, or at least you hope they are.
How would they know it’s fake?