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