Skip to comments.US involved in planning Israel operations -- The New Yorker (Seymour Hersh)
Posted on 08/13/2006 1:20:34 AM PDT by HAL9000
US involved in planning Israel operations -- The New Yorker
Lebanon offensive prelude to strike on Iran
NEW YORK -- The US government was closely involved in the planning of Israel's military operations against Islamic militant group Hezbollah even before the July 12 kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, The New Yorker magazine reported in its latest issue.
The kidnapping triggered a month-long Israeli operation in South Lebanon that is expected to come to an end on Monday.
But Pulitzer Prize-winning US journalist Seymour Hersh writes that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were convinced that a successful Israeli bombing campaign against Hezbollah could ease Israel's security concerns and also serve as a prelude to a potential US preemptive attack to destroy Iran's nuclear installations.
Citing an unnamed Middle East expert with knowledge of the current thinking of the Israeli and US governments, Israel had devised a plan for attacking Hezbollah -- and shared it with Bush administration officials -- well before the July 12 kidnappings.
The expert added that the White House had several reasons for supporting a bombing campaign, the report said.
If there was to be a military option against Iran, it had to get rid of the weapons Hezbollah could use in a potential retaliation against Israel, Hersh writes.
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Whether this is true or false, Seymour has gone over to the dark side, and should be up on charges.
"Pulitzer Prize-winning US journalist Seymour Hersh"
should read traitor alert.
He gets worse with age.
Well, Iran has promised us a surprise on Aug. 22. I'm watching my calendar. I don't think the plane bombings were all he had in mind.
Oh, wait, I think I just answered my own question....
DUmmie feed. They have to get their fix or they go into delusion withdrawal.
His work first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War, for which he received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. His 2004 reports on the US Military's treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison gained much attention. In 2006 he reported on the US military's plans for Iran, which called for the use of nuclear weapons against that country.
"There is no way that (Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld and Cheney will draw the right conclusion about this," the report quotes the former official as saying. "When the smoke clears, they'll say it was a success, and they'll draw reinforcement for their plan to attack Iran." "
This whole article is merely conjecture. I betting this "Former Official" was a clinton appointee.
Well, thar y' go. And it sounds like a good'un.
So much for a 'do nothing' administration. Now they're just pissed because the 'something' is not what they had in mind.
Hey, Hersh...I elected smarter warriors and tacticians than me to be sneaky and deadly on my behalf. Thanks fer letting me know they're getting the job done.
It should be, around here anyway. LOL
Pulitzer Prize? Well, Walter Durantee won the pulitzer prize, and he was complicit in covering up the genocide of millions by the USSR.
As far as I'm concerned, there's NOTHING good to be said about the Pulitzer Prize until it's revoked from the Treason Times and Walter Durantee!
The problem with this is the fact that Hezbullah still stands. If the US were involved or if this had any pre-planning in Israel there would not have been so much hesitation by Israeli politicians.
And the media wonders why they are in dumps
Seymour Hersh is a rat bastard who betrays his own Jewish people. F*** him and doom on him. Of course he's busy betraying the US when not trying to jam Israel.
It's just a continuation of Seymour's stories.
He needs attention.
Did nobody read beyond the headline?
"Israel had devised a plan for attacking Hezbollah -- and shared it with Bush administration officials -- well before the July 12 kidnappings."
It's unsurprising the Israelis would touch base with the US before taking action. That's quite different from the headline of Bush and Cheney "planning Israeli operations".
Besides, were it "planned" by the US I suspect the munitions the Israelis urgently requested be supplied half way through the operation would have been delivered prior to the first shot.
BUMP! You're right and he thinks he's got a 2-fer here.
What a totally despicable, bitter, little man.
Seymour Hersh ping
Hezbollah is still limping along, but their capabilities have been severely damaged.
It will take time to disarm them because Israel's strategy is for a comprehensive, durable settlement, using military, diplomatic and political means. I think it has a decent chance for success, but time will tell.
Israel is winning the military conflict - but Hezbollah is winning the propaganda war. No matter how badly Hezbollah is beaten, Nasrallah will say they've defeated Israel, and many people are willing to believe him.
Sy Hersh is competing with the leakers at the NY Times. Rats all of them
Hersh will be on CNN Late Edition, 11AM ET.
Whenever I wonder about someone like him I always ask, Who benefits from his reporting, and who suffers?
Can the US in any way benefit from this story? Nope.
Can the terrorists be hurt by the reporting of this story? Nope.
the report quotes the former official as saying. "When the smoke clears, they'll say it was a success, and they'll draw reinforcement for their plan to attack Iran."
In my judgment it must be the principal foreign policy objective of the United States that Iran not obtain nuclear weapons. I would prefer that Israel strike rather than the United States but I suspect that Israel does not have the wherewithal to pull it off. Indeed, is not clear that the United States itself can with airstrikes alone wreck Iran's nuclear program. Putting boots on the ground is simply not an option.
Interestingly, Hersh's preemptive strike reveals volumes about the mindset of the left. They simply believe Bush is capable of any atrocity.
No, that was Adam Clymer. But we could say that Hersh is a major league Clymer.
oops ...sorry :^)
Of course, the unamed "expert", who else? Prolly just some leftwing lunatic from DU
By all appearances, he's a damned liberal, and liberals don't care one whit about this country.
Or one of the voices in his head.
Hey, I've got a story for him. It looks like both Hezbollah and the Iraqi insurgents are bogged down in their fight against Israel and the Iraqi and US forces. It's a real quagmire for them. They don't seem to have any exit strategy. Their losses mount day by day. We haven't been allowed to see the funerals of the Hezbollah fighters, yadayadayada.
thanks for posting that pic - but is it just me or does it look like light beams are shooting out of his a$$ as he stands at that podium?
You can guess what I think comes out of his mouth...
Even if I didn't already know the reputation of this man, anyone who wins the Pulititzer Prize is suspect. That prize is simply a mechanism for liberal-left journalists to pat each other on the back.
The New Yorker is similarly completely partisan. Recall that they ran an article a few years ago attempting to exonerate the Rosenbergs. They never ran a retraction when the Venona files and other evidence from Soviet records became avialble, showing conclusively that the Rosenbergs were guilty. All through the Vietnam War, The New Yorker ran stories attacking US soldiers for atrocities, most of which were reported from biassed sources, or were fabricated.
And Hersch can go fly a kite, he's a hatemongering troublemaker.
"I'm pretty sure you don't have the war plan" - Rummy.
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