So, who do I have to blow to get a bizarre, ranting email from Col. Stephen "Cheetohs" Boylan?
From Baghdad, he has been actively monitoring anti-war writers and liberal blogs and, with some regularity, contacts them out of the blue and aggressively criticizes them and what they have written (exactly like the "fake" emailer did to me). For reasons I documented yesterday, this behavior is part-and-parcel of the more general, recent campaign by the U.S. military to use methods of partisan propaganda, intimidation, and sometimes even force to influence and, in many cases, control what is said about them and the war.
When do I get mine?
Jerry! I'm begging you! Do I have to get down on my knees?
NOTE I do think that Col. Stephen Boylan needs a nickname, and "Cheetohs" seems like an obvious one, given that the subtext of most wingerly ranting is: "Hey, Mom! Bring some more Cheetohs down to the basement, wouldja? And a new keyboard! This one's all sticky!"
UPDATE Salon now has an article up detailing Boylan's multifarious activities, both as a flak and a fully paid-up Republican operative.