When Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s office got word that the Pentagon was offering veterans’ benefits to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, staffers sprang into action.
The influential Kentucky lawmaker’s aides fired off a letter to the Pentagon, demanding answers. The senator got one, but probably not the response he was expecting.
The Defense Department doesn’t offer military benefits to dangerous detainees. Mr. McConnell’s staff had been duped by the Duffel Blog, a year-old satirical website that is gaining a reputation as the military version of The Onion.
Mr. McConnell and his staff aren’t the only ones to be snookered. Over the past year, the Duffel Blog has hoodwinked radio talk-show hosts, politicians and reporters across the country.