Transitioning from a distinguished military career to elected office made Democrat John Walsh a more recognizable public figure in Montana and beyond. Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate earlier this year, Walsh used his more than three decades of armed forces experience to attract voters.
According to a recent New York Times report, however, something that happened late in that career may ultimately lead to his professional downfall.
In 2007, the report states, Walsh was close to earning an advanced degree from the U.S. Army War College. One of the final requirements was a research paper known as a ‘strategy research project.’
Walsh turned in a document called ‘The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy,’ which subsequent research proves was heavily lifted – in some cases verbatim – from existing works.
The final portion of the paper, the Times explains, includes six specific points that line up precisely with those included in a report previously published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. As a particularly egregious example, one sentence was copied exactly as it appeared in the existing paper.
Other portions of his project were reportedly taken from a document written by a Harvard researcher nearly a decade earlier.
At least another two sentences were reprinted exactly as they appeared in that work, the Times asserted. Neither the Harvard nor Carnegie documents were even included as sources in Walsh’s paper.
Confronted this week with the damning evidence, Walsh alleged that he does not remember using any of the source material he allegedly plagiarized.
“I didn’t do anything intentional here,” he claimed.
The evidence, however, leaves little doubt that – intentionally or not – Walsh relied heavily on the work of others in putting together his paper.
The Times found that one-third of the report is taken almost directly from the aforementioned documents or other unattributed sources. Another third reportedly has accompanying attributions; however, Walsh nevertheless used quotes contained therein without designating them as such.
War College reportedly defines both of these acts as plagiarism in its student handbook, a charge the school states “is a serious form of cheating that carries serious consequences.”
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