Hersh proves that they deliberately lied. Is anyone surprised by this revelation?
Hersh usually writes for the New Yorker. But his new article, "Whose sarin?" is published online-only by the London Review of Books.
Some of us may recall being told we have a free press. Is anyone surprised that the New Yorker has not published Hersh's new article?
A former senior intelligence 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?”’So I have to ask: Is anyone surprised that they do this? How can any "senior intelligence official" NOT know that they do this? It's been happening for a long time, hasn't it?
The same "former senior intelligence official" told Hersh that the "distortion" of the intelligence
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.So he has noticed. But apparently he hasn't caught on yet. And this is a "former senior intelligence official." How much more experience does one need to start understanding what's happening here?
Hersh mentions in closing that the agreement which will see Syria get rid of its chemical weapons will also leave the rebels in possession of all the ingredients they'd need to make more sarin. So who's kidding whom here? And are we surprised?
All of this is very disturbing. But it's hardly surprising. Is it?