Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Iranian ambitions

Seymour Hersh, one of the few genuine bright lights in American journalism, is at it again.

The man who broke the news of the My Lai massacre and the torture at Abu Ghraib has a major article in this week's issue of the New Yorker. It's about the Bush administration's plan for military operations against Iran. You can read the piece online here, and it's chilling. Parts of it have apparently already been officially denied by both the U.S. and Iranian governments — or at least the Pentagon has attacked Hersh personally, which with this administration is about as close as you get to a reasoned counterargument. Any way you slice it, the article's mandatory reading. And check out this piece by always-entertaining Canadian journalist Gwynne Dyer ruminating on American media response to Hersh's piece.

Hersh is going to be on The Daily Show tomorrow (technically, I suppose, later today). TV worth watching, I suspect.

(Oh, and on another note, apparently handing sovereignty over to Iraqi authorities means that now torture in Iraqi jails is being conducted by Iraqis. Now the Americans just wink and nod rather than doing anything themselves.)


Anonymous said...

Yo, I clicked the link to the article on the Pentagon's response. No mention of personal attacks on Hersh; instead the DOD spokesman is quoted as saying only that the article contains errors. That is not a forthright denial of Hersh's chief claims, but neither is it personal.

Anonymous said...

I posted this same comment before and nothing showed up. Okay, to try again.

The DOD did not level any personal attacks at Hersh -- not according to the article provided by the post's link.

The DOD did say Hersh's article is so full of errors that it cannot be trusted. Which is a harsh, tough thing to say, but not a personal attack. It's also not a denial, and the DOD offered no details as to what Hersh supposedly got wrong. But, still, evasiveness does not count as a personal attack. Not even strident evasiveness.