Josh Marshall sums up the latest on the Scott Beauchamp matter:

The Weekly Standard, which has been leading the charge against Beauchamp, says another unnamed military official told the magazine that not only had the Army found Beauchamp's written accounts to be false but that Beauchamp himself has now signed a recantation of all his claims. So case closed; he fessed up. Yet when TNR contacted the Army public affairs a Maj. Steve Lamb told them: "I have no knowledge of that."



Now correct me if I'm wrong, but by Weekly Standard epistemic standards, if the Army PR people say they don't know about a recantation, then it must be that no such recantation exists, right? At the same time, though, the Army says they investigated this and nobody corroborated Beauchamp's claims. TNR says they have spoken to people who backed Beauchamp up. Given that the Army seems to have decided to discipline Beauchamp for writing what he wrote, I'm not sure why you'd expect anyone to corroborate the story while talking to Army investigators.

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