Why, asks this Washington Times story, is the same letter to the editor showing up in many newspapers, always “written by” a different soldier who happens to live in the paper’s market?

The Connellsville (PA) Daily Courier printed it under the name of Spc. Nathan Whitelatch.

The Mountain View (NM) Telegraph printed the same text under the name of Pfc. Jason Marshall.

And the list goes on. Google actually resorted to warning me:
In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 2 already displayed.
If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included.

Eleven papers so far have been identified as having printed the letter. Investigative journalists were told by soldiers whose names were used that, while they agreed with the message of the letter, they had not given anyone permission to put their names on it.

I wonder if Don Foster, who correctly fingered party hack Joe Klein as the “Anonymous” who wrote Primary Colors, could get to the bottom of this.

Soldiers are smart people, generally speaking, but haw many have a gift for alliteration that’s better suited for speeches than for writing? Consider the phrase “know their neighbors and the needs of their neighborhoods”. That sounds like a speechwriter, not a private.


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