By Kevin Rutherford
PolitiFact points out that the rocker posted to his Facebook page last week with a picture of one of the supposed five Taliban leaders that were released from Guantanamo Bay last month in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
The graphic photo (NSFW) featured the man, supposedly Mohammad Fazl, kneeling in front of five severed heads while holding a blade of some sort.
This time around, rather than referring to President Barack Obama as a “subhuman mongrel” as he has in the past, Nugent pinned the name to the man in the photo. “One of the subhuman mongrels our president set free,” he wrote in the Facebook photo caption. “Feel safer yet? Is subhuman mongrel too offensive a term? Have we all lost our minds/souls? Obama is a leader? Of what? God help us all. Wake the hell up America. The enemy is in the Washington DC & they are out of control.”
The problem? Nugent, like many others, fell victim to a bit of a mixup: according to PolitiFact, the man in the photo was not Fazl.
Instead, the photo, which has been shared over 100,000 times, was reportedly originally tweeted in mid-March and is, according to a Dutch newspaper caption, actually named Khalid. A LiveLeak post from April (warning: graphic content) seems to corroborate the story; while little may be known about the man, he’s not one of the Taliban leaders recently let out of Guantanamo Bay.
Perhaps a quick web search would have saved the rocker from an errant post, but it’s unlikely he cares too much anyway. Nugent is currently prepping ShutUp&Jam!, his first new album of material since 2007’a Love Grenade. Yesterday (June 16), he premiered a new song, “Never Stop Believing.”