From Howard Kurtz's Media Notes, TNR editor Frank Foer has no further reports about the accuracy of "Scott Thomas's" accounts, but has this to say:
"A lot of the questions raised by the conservative blogosphere boil down to, would American soldiers be capable of doing things like the things described in the diarist. The practical jokes are exceptionally mild compared to things that have been documented by the U.S. military. Conservative bloggers make a bit of a living denying any bad news that emanates from Iraq."The Empire strikes back! The link embedded in the words "U.S. Military" is copied from the Kurtz op-ed. When I clicked it, I thought that it would lead to actual examples of "things that have been documented by the U.S. Military." Alas, no such luck; Foer was simply planting ideas, feeding the meme.
Odd that Foer doesn't mention that many members of the conservative blogosphere blogging this topic are actual veterans and, therefore would have some real idea--as opposed to a cinema-influenced idea--of what soldiers would or would not do.
(Thanks to Hot Air)