Roger L. Simon

Calling Franklin Foer

Michael Yon has you up a tree.

In a characteristically eloquent piece, Yon has also written Foer (who is over-matched in this regard) up a tree as well.

Beyond that, Michael has convinced me to be lenient towards Scott Beauchamp.

Beauchamp is young; under pressure he made a dumb mistake. In fact, he has not always been an ideal soldier. But to his credit, the young soldier decided to stay, and he is serving tonight in a dangerous part of Baghdad. He might well be seriously injured or killed here, and he knows it. He could have quit, but he did not. He faced his peers. I can only imagine the cold shoulders, and worse, he must have gotten. He could have left the unit, but LTC Glaze told me that Beauchamp wanted to stay and make it right. Whatever price he has to pay, he is paying it.

So The New Republic hasn’t had a quarter of the cojones that Beauchamp has. What cowards.