A lazy, ridiculous slur

Wash­ing­ton Free Bea­con writer Adam Kre­do thinks I’m some­how con­nect­ed to Chuck Hagel and Chevron and Kaza­khstan and… oh well, just read it.

When Kazakhstan’s riot police slaugh­tered dozens of strik­ing oil field work­ers last year, Atlantic Coun­cil affil­i­ate Joshua Foust rushed to dis­cred­it the reports.

Foust, a mem­ber of the Atlantic Council’s Young Atlanti­cist Work­ing Group, attacked crit­ics of the gov­ern­ment-backed crack­down, claim­ing they were rely­ing on a “com­plete­ly invent­ed body count” to “politi­cize” the inci­dent.

In the lede graf he refers to, but does­n’t link, a blog post I wrote a year ago about the riots in Zhanaozen, where I said the claims that 70 pro­test­ers were gunned down was almost cer­tain­ly exag­ger­at­ed. Instead of link­ing to what I wrote, he chose instead to link to a piece of libel writ­ten by a date-rap­ing mid­dle aged meth addict that only comes up through deter­mined Googling of my name — and not on the first page of the search, either.

Any­way, respond­ing to every­thing in that piece, which amounts to the worst sort of guilt by asso­ci­a­tion, is point­less: Kre­do does­n’t care about any fact, just the straws he is grasp­ing at to undo Chuck Hagel’s nom­i­na­tion. Because if he did care about facts, he would have men­tioned that Hagel was also on the board of direc­tors of the job I held at the time I wrote about Zhanaozen.

And most impor­tant­ly, if Adam Kre­do actu­al­ly cared about facts he would have men­tioned that I was right about Zhanaozen, and the claim that 70 peo­ple were killed actu­al­ly was exag­ger­at­ed: accord­ing to the best num­bers avail­able, the Kaza­kh police killed fif­teen.

Joshua Foust used to be a foreign policy maven. Now he helps organizations communicate strategically and build audiences.

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