Several conservative blogs have raised questions about the Diarist “Shock Troops,” written by a soldier in Iraq using the pseudonym Scott Thomas. Whenever anybody levels serious accusations against a piece published in our magazine, we take those charges seriously. Indeed, we’re in the process of investigating them. I’ve spoken extensively with the author of the piece and have communicated with other soldiers who witnessed the events described in the diarist. Thus far, these conversations have done nothing to undermine–and much to corroborate–the author’s descriptions. I will let you know more after we complete our investigation.
Via Kathryn Lopez at NRO’s Corner and Michael Goldfarb at the WorldwideStandard.
JOHN adds: It’s great to know that the New Republic has anonymous confirmation of its anonymous claims. Until someone is willing to take responsibility for these slurs, I’m not going to take them seriously.