Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Seymour Hersh

Claim of Hersch making the rounds of the Internet...

Preparing the Battlefield
The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.
by Seymour M. Hersh


Sunday, August 03, 2008
Seymour Hersh: Cheney considered killing Americans in pretext to attack Iran


Re-Breaking the News

Two Months Later, Hersh and the New Yorker Strain to Catch Up With CounterPunch

As Hersh’s hodge-podge narrative got play over the weekend, CounterPunchers read his supposed disclosures with an impatient and knowing sigh. They, after all, had learned of the Finding back on May 2, when Andrew Cockburn disclosed its contents here, with a good deal more pep and hard information, under the headlines, “Democrats Okay Funds for Covert Ops SECRET BUSH “FINDING” WIDENS WAR ON IRAN”.

Here the first 256 words of Andrew Cockburn’s CounterPunch exclusive, a brisk narrative against Hersh’s 6,000-word boustrophedonic plod, but – as is instantly apparent – far more informative:


The Mind of Seymour Hersh
Max Boot
Reading a Seymour Hersh article is a bit like panning for gold: You have to dig through a lot of dirt to find any nuggets of possible value. Relying almost exclusively on vaguely described anonymous sources, he makes sweeping claims about top-secret operations that can only be known to a small number of people inside the government with access to the relevant “sensitive compartmented information” and “special access programs,” and they aren’t allowed to comment one way or the other. And his “reporting” is always colored by a sixties-leftist, anti-American, conspiratorial worldview.

In his latest New Yorker article, “Preparing the Battlefield,” the most valuable information is right there in the very first paragraph:


CASMII Press Release
8 July 2008
Seymour Hersh: US Training Jondollah and MEK for Bombing preparation

He finally points out that Bush “is going to be a very active president, I am afraid, until 11:59:59 seconds on January 20, 2009” and raises the alarm about an “October surprise”, a military attack on Iran, in particular if Obama continues to have a lead in the polls.


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