May 22, 2006

Another Day, Another Fraud Exposed by the Blogosphere

Allah's got a round-up of blog posts about a new video of an interview with one Jesse MacBeth, who is alledgedly a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq for 16 months. The MilBloggers are all over this guy.

I can't really add to what you'll read in Allah's links, or the links from the links. But, I just gotta point out my favorite discrepency. MacBeth is wearing the same shirt in the video that he wore in the photo on the wall which was supposedly taken several years ago while he was still in the service.

Photo on the wall:


MacBeth in the interview:


What an assclown.

One thing that I caught was that, early in the interview, he mentions Osan Air Base in South Korea. But, he seems to pronounce it "Osank". A minor discrepency, perhaps, but I just wanted to have a unique observation to add to what everybody else is chiming in with, mwheh.


Thanks to a comment in a thread at Protein Wisdom, I was directed here. There, you can view a picture of every Ranger class from 1952 to the present.

Jesse MacBeth seemed to indicate that he joined the Army after 9-11 and was a part of the first wave of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He claims to have entered Ranger school just after basic training and, all-in-all, served from 2001-2005. Still, with Army basic training lasting 9 weeks and Ranger training lasting 14 weeks (over 5 months total), I looked at the graduation photos beginning with May '01 and going right through to June of '03.

Just when I was sure that I wasn't going to find his face in any of those class pictures I saw it: my tube of Pringles potato crisps. I popped a few in my mouth and munched away and realized that I can say with 97% certainty that Jesse MacBeth was never an Army Ranger.

(I leave a 3% possibility open only because some of those classes were quite large and the photo was taken from a distance that makes the graduates' faces a bit hard to make out. But I kept clicking back and forth -- with loupe in hand -- from the Ranger page to the video capture just to reaquaint myself with his face.)

I say, emphatically, that he's nowhere to be found in these Ranger School class photos.

Not that that's actually news at this point...

Posted by Tuning Spork at May 22, 2006 02:10 PM | TrackBack

Basic is only 9 weeks, but presumably he is claiming to be infantry which is another 4 or 5 weeks (or it was, depending on whether you are 11B or 11M.) Ranger school is 62 days, and jump school is 3 weeks. And this no talent ass clown never went to any of them would be my guess.

But I love it when groups like IVAW does stuff like this. It will only end up helping those of us who believe in what we are doing or did in the long run.

Posted by: Mark Seavey at May 22, 2006 06:40 PM

There are a lot of things wrong with that photo. His beret is backwards, it's missing its insignia, and he doesn't have jump wings. He's a fraud.

Posted by: Former Ranger at May 24, 2006 03:56 PM

Please will Mark Seavey explaine to me how "IVAW does stuff like this"? Please actually check out the ivaw web site. the very first thing on the page will let you know that in no way does this kid represent ivaw and is not a spokesman for ivaw. I am a member of Iraq Veterans, one big differance between me and Jesse is that i actually served in Iraq. This kid does not represent IVAW and we were in no way informed of this video untill after the fact.

Posted by: adam at May 24, 2006 06:51 PM

ummm they already found him to be a fake.
He had posted somewhere his DD214 which was clearly doctored by him.

Posted by: Ritchie at July 27, 2006 04:43 PM
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