For more than a year, former Marine Staff Sgt. Jimmy Massey has been telling anybody who will listen about the atrocities that he and other Marines committed in Iraq.
In scores of newspaper, magazine and broadcast stories, at a Canadian immigration hearing and in numerous speeches across the country, Massey has told how he and other Marines recklessly, sometimes intentionally, killed dozens of innocent Iraqi civilians.
Among his claims:
Marines fired on and killed peaceful Iraqi protesters.
Americans shot a 4-year-old Iraqi girl in the head.
A tractor-trailer was filled with the bodies of civilian men, women and children killed by American artillery.
Massey's claims have gained him celebrity. Last month, Massey's book, "Kill, Kill, Kill," was released in France. His allegations have been reported in nationwide publications such as Vanity Fair and USA Today, as well as numerous broadcast reports. Earlier this year, he joined the anti-war bus tour of Cindy Sheehan, and he's spoken at Cornell and Syracuse universities, among others.
News organizations worldwide published or broadcast Massey's claims without any corroboration and in most cases without investigation. Outside of the Marines, almost no one has seriously questioned whether Massey, a 12-year veteran who was honorably discharged, was telling the truth.
Each of his claims is either demonstrably false or exaggerated - according to his fellow Marines, Massey's own admissions, and the five journalists who were embedded with Massey's unit, including a reporter and photographer from the Post-Dispatch and reporters from The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal.
It just gets better and better.
In another story that Massey often tells, he and other Marines in his platoon fired upon a group of innocent demonstrators shortly after they arrived in Baghdad. Massey said that the demonstrators were protesting the Marines' presence, holding signs in English and Arabic.
The Marines heard a shot, Massey said, and in panic began firing into the demonstrators.
In some versions, the demonstrators were near a checkpoint. In other versions, they were outside a prison on a road about 200 meters away, or anywhere from 5 to 15 miles from Baghdad International Airport.
Massey told a version of the story before an immigration hearing in December in support of an American soldier trying to flee to Canada. Then, Massey said he and the Marines killed four of the demonstrators. In other interviews, he said the Marines shot at 10 demonstrators and killed all of them but one, whom he let crawl away.
In interviews with more than a dozen Marines and journalists who were in the military complex that morning, none can recall such an incident.
They say that during the first week to two weeks inside Baghdad, they never saw any protesters.
Ron Haviv, an independent photographer embedded with the unit, said he never saw any protesters or demonstrators, with or without signs.
"Basically, the only people who were on the streets in the first week were there to loot," said Haviv, who has covered conflicts across the globe, including the first Gulf War, Haiti, Yugoslavia and Russia.
Lt. Kevin Shea, the commander of Massey's platoon, recalls that on the morning after they arrived, about 20 Iraqis from a nearby community did approach the Marines to ask what was happening. Shea said that he had explained what the Marines were doing and that the Iraqis had gone back to their homes.
Read the whole thing. My father, who retired from the Marine Corps after twenty-two years, would rip this gutless little fuckstick in half and then chew his bones to dust. This is the worst stereotypes of the Left coming alive in one person. A liar, a fraud. A backstabbing snake who discards the truth for his own gain. A worthless little cretin with make-believe stories attempting to bring down the men he served with. A spineless tool who hurled accusation after baseless accusation at the good men from his former unit, and if he managed to smear the US Marine Corps as bloodthirsty killers without souls, then it was so much the better for the Left!
He makes me sick. Dear God in heaven, if one of my former platoon mates made up shit like this, I'd hunt him down and make sure that nobody would ever see his slimy carcass again.
But I can't be surprised at the Left's attempts to besmirch and corrode the reputation of the US military. They've been doing it for years. And as Instapundit says: After Micah Wright, I guess we shouldn't be surprised.
I would give anything to be a fly on the wall when this pathetic slimeball meets up with the Marines he slandered and libeled.