"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
This time it’s in the areas of foreign intelligence and international affairs. Seymour Hersh - American Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, author, and scourge of several Republican administrations down through the years – has apparently now turned his sights on the Obama administration.
It began just this past September, when he commented in an interview published in the British national daily newspaper The Guardian “that the 2011 raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden was "one big lie, not one word of it is true". He made the claim that the Obama administration lies systematically, and that American media outlets are reluctant to challenge the administration, saying "It's pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy [Obama],"”
Now comes Hersh’s assertion that the Obama administration “lied on the Syria gas attack.” In an article posted yesterday, journalist/editor Adrian Lee reports that:
“Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has dropped yet another bombshell allegation: President Obama wasn't honest with the American people when he blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a sarin-gas attack in that killed hundreds of civilians.
In early September, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States had proof that the nerve-gas attack was made on Assad's orders. "We know the Assad regime was responsible," President Obama told the nation in an address days after this revelation, which he said pushed him over the "red line" in considering military intervention.
But in a long story published Sunday for the London Review of Books, Hersh — best known for his exposés on the cover-ups of the My Lai Massacre and of Abu Ghraib – said the administration "cherry-picked intelligence," citing conversations with intelligence and military officials.
A former senior intelligence official told me that the Obama administration had altered the available information – in terms of its timing and sequence – to enable the president and his advisers to make intelligence retrieved days after the attack look as if it had been picked up and analysed in real time, as the attack was happening. The distortion, he said, reminded him of the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, when the Johnson administration reversed the sequence of National Security Agency intercepts to justify one of the early bombings of North Vietnam. The same official said there was immense frustration inside the military and intelligence bureaucracy: ‘The guys are throwing their hands in the air and saying, “How can we help this guy” – Obama – “when he and his cronies in the White House make up the intelligence as they go along?”’
“…recall that President George W. Bush's legacy was deeply tainted by charges that the U.S. had no proof of nuclear weapons in Iraq when they said they did. Hersh hints at the seriousness of the charges himself: "The cherry-picking was similar to the process used to justify the Iraq war."”
For the entire article, see: http://news.yahoo.com/seymour-hersh-alleges-obama-administration-lied-syria-gas-204437397.html
So the career intelligence professionals are saying that the Obama administration “make(s) up...intelligence as they go along.” And a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist compares the Obama administration's actions to charges made against Bush and Iraq WMD. Wanna bet Mr Obama's "lies" won’t get the same coverage in the lamestream media, on Bill Maher and on Jon Stewart that the Iraq WMD did?
I usually don’t bet, but I’d do so on this one.
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