Beauchamp, Updated

Well, it looks like The Weekly Standard and the right-wing blogosphere really had the goods turn out to be full of shit, though it does turn out that the incident with the soldiers making fun of the injured woman happened in a base in Kuwait rather than a base in Iraq. Nevertheless, despite being totally wrong, it’s arguably mission accomplished for the right:

Although we place great weight on the corroborations we have received, we wished to know more. But, late last week, the Army began its own investigation, short-circuiting our efforts. Beauchamp had his cell-phone and computer taken away and is currently unable to speak to even his family. His fellow soldiers no longer feel comfortable communicating with reporters. If further substantive information comes to light, TNR will, of course, share it with you.

And there you have it — if the troops say things the right doesn’t like, they get mau-maued into silence. Meanwhile, anyone who says the war may not be so fantastic hates the troops.

UPDATE: See also this.