Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Unbelievable Sy Hersh

Hersh, articulate alarmist, is at it again with a March 5, 2007 piece in the New Yorker. Doing his part to scare America's upper and middle castes shitless, this time with what Sy calls The Redirection.

Hersh: The “redirection,” as some inside the White House have called the new strategy, has brought the United States closer to an open confrontation with Iran and, in parts of the region, propelled it into a widening sectarian conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

Hersh, almost a year ago, April 2006 New Yorker, wrote The Iran Plans: A government consultant with close ties to the civilian leadership in the Pentagon said that Bush was “absolutely convinced that Iran is going to get the bomb” if it is not stopped. He said that the President believes that he must do “what no Democrat or Republican, if elected in the future, would have the courage to do,” and “that saving Iran is going to be his legacy.”

In January 2005 Hersh gave us The Coming Wars: The Bush Administration is looking at this as a huge war zone,” the former high-level intelligence official told me. “Next, we’re going to have the Iranian campaign. We’ve declared war and the bad guys, wherever they are, are the enemy. This is the last hurrah — we’ve got four years, and want to come out of this saying we won the war on terrorism.”

---Be serious Sy, Condi told us years ago the war on terror would be a "generational war." Now you say the neocons want to win the last hurrah within 4 years? You really think George the Stupid knows the definition of "legacy" and would care to leave one if he did? Also, George's babysitters (insiders) would not speak so tediously canned.

Sy, I'm still waiting for proof of your other claims - where are those videos which show US troop massacre of soccer players in Iraq, and your claims that … "the US government has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking."

Listen Sy, I know the terms "high-level Pentagon planners" and "high-level intelligence official" and "government consultants" … impress your fans – but let's be real. When has there ever been one leak to the press that improved the landscape of Joe Blow's life? Ellsberg, Deep Throat, chubby intern in a blue dress? Sideshows – serious enough to break the public's spirit but do no harm to the status quo; dicky deflators, peniscapades, tittylating tales. Lets the lower classes believe their brows are higher; allows the impotent masses to feel briefly important, arguing the angles of issues already determined by the powers that be.

Come on Sy baby, beat me, break me, make me feel powerless with half-truth journalism and anonymous name-dropping.

I mean, come on Sy. Anyone serving hard time behind barbed wire for "leaking" to the MSM? Possible weak links, or leaks, are found in Ft. Marcy Park or flying in bad weather. Does anyone, other than a few aging preppies and THC philosophers, give two shits about Joe and Val's excellent adventure off the Farm, after the leak?

By the time one reaches that "high-level" they're compromised; a little blood on the hands. Yessiree, by the time a person reaches the level of high-grade inside information, Mr. or Ms. High Leveler have fleas from lying down with real dogs. Mr. Hersh, you know and I know, no one is telling you anything they're not authorized to tell, and you invent the rest.

No one at "high-level" leaks anything that isn't planned by the PTB. Doesn't work that way. Potential leakers A) never reach high levels or B) ride quietly into the sunset looking over the shoulder forever uneasy, having seen the bodies.

I reiterate, there are no high-levelers leaking anything unless it is part of a government psyop on a gullible public – which means you, Sy, are one of the following:

A) part of an alarmist/fear psyop
B) exploiting fear for $
C) painfully stupid
D) or, and my choice, all of the above.


abi said...

Oh, Kate, why so hard on Sy? (Sigh)

I think there are a few high-level people in Washington with integrity and conscience, who try to offset the machinations of those who aren't. And having been a respected investigative journalist for 40 years, since My Lai, he is trusted by those people.

Sure, no one gets it right 100% of the time. But there aren't nearly enough good journalists like Hersh.

Kate-A said...

Hersh made his name with My Lai while Hugh Thompson, the real hero, was an unknown until the '90s. Thompson intervened at My Lai, refused to condemn the Vietnam War and thought My Lai an isolated incident. Thompson received recognition 3 decades later.

But, when destroying the morale and spirit of a nation Thompson was not a voice TPTB would use. Hersh served that purpose – with succeeding generations viewing Vietnam vets as ignorant doped up baby killers who lost a war. America the incompetent evil doers, a bunch of losers.

I cannot think of one high-level leaker and/or journalist who made an impact to benefit we the people. The more they tell us the dumber we get.

I no more believe there are "a few high-level people in Washington with integrity and conscience" than I believe GE, Carlyle, World Bank, or the IMF have high-level suits with integrity and conscience. Washington is a tribe of cannibals. Cannibals have no scruples.

I appreciate that you disagree, makes me think twice. :)

abi said...

Though we may disagree, your posts are such a pleasure to read for being so well informed, original, genuine and enviably well written. Now if we can just do something about that cynicism. ;-)

I agree about Thompson. That is a real hero.

Kate-A said...

now did you mean the school of Cynic thought, which I somewhat adhere to as in "This captures the crux of the Cynic notion of living in accord with nature and contrary to convention. Praying for wealth, fame, or any of the other trappings convention leads one to believe are good is a mistaken enterprise. Life, as given by nature, is full of hints as to how to live it best; but humans go astray, ashamed by petty things and striving after objects, which are unimportant. Consequently, their freedom is hindered by convention."

Or the more common definition that I'm just plain mean, rude, fault-finding? Heeheehee. :)

Anonymous said...

this is clearly a psyop to get Iran nervous and make them do something stupid (so "we" can hit back). Sy is either ignorant or corrupted.

Kate-A said...

Looks psyop to me too. I don't believe Iran will do anything stupid. Both Iran and US use fear to manipulate their sheeple.

If Hersh is not media controlled - why would Hugh Thompson's intervention at My Lai go unnoticed for 30 years?

Thompson's view of the event would have been all over the internet if it happened today - back then only Sy's prize winning story was public.

Not that it would have changed the horror of war, but I've always questioned why Thompson's involvement and opinion on Vietnam and My Lai were buried for so long.

Shutter said...

"Listen Sy, I know the terms "high-level Pentagon planners" and "high-level intelligence official" and "government consultants" … impress your fans – but let's be real. When has there ever been one leak to the press that improved the landscape of Joe Blow's life? Ellsberg, Deep Throat, chubby intern in a blue dress?"

....which is why I keep coming back for more Kate. As far as I can see the verb to leak, conjugates as to dump.

... and the higher the level of the "high-level Pentagon planners" and "high-level intelligence official(s)" the harder it hits the fans.

Cui bono ? Why do the insiders let the outsiders in on ANYTHING ?

Of course in all that miasma of misinfo there are some facts, DNA sampleable dollops, Chandra Levy's tights, the K clans mistresses, to keep us all satiated if not satisfied.

Keep serving it up. for the jimi clip ... heaven sent

Kate-A said...

My 14 y/o granddaughter was watching that clip with me - she's a pop rocker girl, no hiphop, blues, or rap for her - and she asked why does he play it that way. It's the sound of war I said. I saw a light come on and she says oh, like the sound of bombs dropping and screams! Must be millions of folks who never "heard" Jimi.

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