The Eternal Non-Sequitur: Military Intelligence

Posted on October 30, 2007

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Apparently, Col. Steven Boylan, the military spokesperson for General David Petraeus has been caught sending threatening, troll-like emails to journalists who question the conventional wisdom–most noteably Glenn Greenwald. Boylan is squirreling around a denial, but even if Boylan is telling the truth, and the emails are forgeries sent from dummy addresses, this still means that there is apparently someone out there who can so closely forge a high level centcom address that not even an expert can verify it with 100% accuracy. The latter reality does not seem to bother the US military, which has not contacted Greenwald to investigate the matter. Your tax dollars at work, America.

Here‘s the email that got things started from Boylan. I think the most incredible thing about this is that the functionally illiterate Boylan has reached the position as chief spokesperson for the second in command of American forces in the Gulf. Here are some of the Colonel’s literary flourishes:

“The issues of accuracy, context, and proper characterization is something that perhaps you could do a little research and would assumeyou are aware of as a trained lawyer.”

“Sorry to burst your bubble, but a little actual research on your part would have shown that he is actually not here, but that would contradict your conspiracy theory.”

“I in fact do know exactly the day and time thatit changed and want to see if you are even in the same ballpark as reality.”

“I invite you to come see for yourself and go anywhere in Iraq you want, go see what our forces are doing, go see what the other coalition forces are doing, go hang out with the reporters outside the International Zone since that is where they live and work and see for yourself what ground truth is so that you can be better informed.”