Seymour Hersh is My Other Favorite Journalist

July 1, 2008

“We didn’t think you’d find out about this! Seriously, what did you expect?”

Meanwhile, the Democrats are my other least favorite political party–Check this shit out. The Democratic Congress secretly approved funding to amp up covert operations against Iran.

Via Democracy Now and my 1st fave.


2 Responses to “Seymour Hersh is My Other Favorite Journalist”

  1. Here’s a response to this article in one my fave Detroit-based paper:

    (i tried to link it but couldn’t find it online, sorry for the long comment)

    Provoking Action
    By Shea Howell
    Michigan Citizen, July 8-12, 2008

    This week Seymour Hersh published a story about the escalation of the drive to war with Iran. Writing in the New Yorker, where Hersh first
    exposed the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, he talks about the ‘Presidential Finding” requesting $400 million to finance covert operations in Iran designed to destabilize the leadership in Iran and to provoke Iranians into actions that would justify a U.S. attack.

    Hersh reports that Bush and Cheney, convinced of their own righteousness, have asked for “permission for defensive, lethal activity,” complete with lists of “high value targets” to be killed or captured. In addition, the authorization supports funds for groups within Iran, mostly Sunni minorities, who will work against the Shiite government. At least two of these groups are currently on the U.S. terrorist list because of their ties to Al Qaeda.

    This drive against Iran has been building for years. Unable to mount an argument that Iran had Weapons of Mass Destruction, especially after
    the National Intelligence Estimate said Iran did not have the capacity to make nuclear weapons and that they were not moving in that direction, the Bush administration tried to get us to believe that U.S. soldiers in Iraq were really being killed by Iranians. When that didn’t work, they said it’s Iranian weapons that are doing the killing in Iraq. That hasn’t worked either. So now, with a big push from Vice President Cheney, the Bush administration wants to goad Iran into some kind of action so that it can unleash the cruise missiles, war planes, and troops we have amassed around that country.

    In what will undoubtably be one of the most shameful moments in history for the Democrats, party leaders, including Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid
    and anti-war advocate John Murtha, have all gone along with this funding request. Barack Obama endorsed anti-Iranian rhetoric, trying to prove he’s tough on terror because he will not tolerate nuclear weapons in Tehran.

    The amoral, diabolical nature of these covert operations is hard to grasp. At their core these efforts to authorize the killings of human
    beings who have done nothing to us are intended to “provoke” Iran. What exactly do our elected leaders think they are provoking this government
    toward? Hersh argues it would be toward actions that would justify an U.S. retaliatory attack. In short, our government is attempting to create and orchestrate actions by Iran that would be so devastating to American citizens, soldiers and allies that it would overcome the opposition of the more than 70% of the American people who now think that Iran is not a problem to us or anyone else. This outrage is almost beyond the capacity of words to convey.

    But it is both predictable and ever more likely as Bush faces his waning days in office. The only thing that will stop him is a massive outcry from the American people. Many of us have already started to make our concerns known through local governments. More than 325 localities and states have passed resolutions aimed at bringing U.S.
    troops home from Iraq, Thirty-two days after Burlington, Vt. Mayor Bob Kiss started a petition among U.S. mayors to sign a resolution to stop a war with Iran, he has been joined by 32 other mayors. The resolution says a “pre-emptive U.S. military attack on Iran could well prove counterproductive to the cause of promoting freedom and democracy there.”

    Resolutions at the local and state levels have done much to increase the opposition to this illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. But we
    must do much more if we are to stop the spreading madness of the Bush administration as it sees its power coming to an end.

  2. aroundthebend213 said

    Its hard to believe this is really happening.

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