The Corner

Say What?

TNR’s editors on an “error” in Scott Thomas Beauchamp’s controversial essay:

The recollections of these three soldiers differ from Beauchamp’s on one significant detail (the only fact in the piece that we have determined to be inaccurate): They say the conversation [in which he and a fellow soldier mock a disfigured woman] occurred at Camp Buehring, in Kuwait, prior to the unit’s arrival in Iraq. When presented with this important discrepancy, Beauchamp acknowledged his error. We sincerely regret this mistake. [emphasis added]

That’s a rather significant detail to flub, given that the author’s intent was to illustrate the morally deadening effects of war.

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