In The New Republic‘s statement last week on their investigation into Scott Thomas Beauchamp’s “Shock Troops,” they said that they “contacted the manufacturer of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle System, where a spokesman confirmed that the vehicle is as maneuverable as Beauchamp described.”
Well, Bob Owens tracked down that spokesman. It turns out that TNR‘s researcher “only asked general questions about ‘whether a Bradley could drive through a wall’ and ‘if it was possible for a dog to get caught in the tracks’ and general questions about vehicle specifications.” They didn’t actually show him what Beauchamp wrote in “Shock Troops.” Owens does share the relevant portion of the article and — surprise, surprise — the spokesman is skeptical.
Meanwhile, Matt Sanchez talks to a soldier about hitting dogs with military vehicles. Here’s the video.