At the end of March, Richard Perle resigned as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, forced out of the leadership role (he remained a member) by a firestorm of publicity concerning supposed ethics violations launched by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in a March 17 New Yorker article and expanded in the New York Times. For Hersh, Perle is a perfect target, embodying attitudes Hersh finds most detestable — friendship for Israel and belief that the United States is a force for good in the world.
On CNN, Richard Perle called Hersh “the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist,” a summation of Hersh’s career it is hard to better. The only substantive “fact” Hersh offers in his article is that Perle met with two Saudi businessmen to discuss Iraq. One was Adnan Kashoggi, the longtime arms dealer and middleman, who arranged the meeting at the request of the other, Iraqi-born Harb Saleh al-Zuhair, who claimed to have come from Iraq with a negotiating offer from Saddam. All three agree that the only topic discussed at the meeting was Iraq.
In fact he unraveled a long time ago and the media ignored it. Isaac’s first article on Hersh appeared in Midstream almost twenty years ago (in 1992) called Seymour Hersh’s Obsessions. This column appeared in 2006 in the book The Jewish Divide over Israel published in 2006 by Transaction. (Editor/authors Paul Bogdanor and Edward Alexander. rsk
Character assassination. A simplistic moral universe in which the U.S. is the villain and Israel the only country yet more villainous. Anonymous sources that cannot be checked. Dark charges based on a crazy patchwork of suppositions. Far-out conspiracy theories. Con men as sources. Reputable sources misquoted. These constitute the decades-long modus operandi of Seymour Hersh, the man now serving as star investigative reporter of the New Yorker.
Midstream, February/March 1992 Seymour Hersh’s Obsessions by Rael Jean Isaac
THIS WAS WRITTEN WHEN JAMES KIRCHICK WAS NINE YEARS OLD. THE READER IS ALSO DIRECTED TO :
“The Cult of Seymour Hersh (The American Spectator, July/August 2004) and “Investigating Seymour Hersh” (in Alexander and Bogdanor, eds. The Jewish Divide Over Israel, 2006), also published in Society,(Nov.-Dec. 2005).
SEYMOUR HERSH’S OBSESSIONS:
Had Seymour’s Hersh’s The Samson Option been written by a member of the antisemitic Liberty Lobby, it would come as no surprise. Its inacur-racies are matched only by its malevolence, its superficiality by its absurdities.
(Hersh’s chief source is Ari Ben Menashe, the notorious figure who, among other fantasies too numerous to count, claims to have been with George Bush in Paris in October 1980 arranging for Iran to hold the hostages until after the Presidential elections — this on dates when Secret Service logs show Bush engaged in a large number of appearances in the United States, one of them before the Zionist Organization of America.) Ben-Menashe’s “revelations” are the core of Hersh’s book.
The surprise is that the author is a Jew, a long-time star investigative journalist for the New York Times —although anyone who had followed Hersh’s career as a 1960s style advocacy journalist would have expected him to take up cudgels against Israel sooner or later. His books and articles are permeated by the theme of America-the-enemy; indeed, The Samson Option is his first book without that theme. Here the US is the innocent, deceived victim of Israel and the nefarious Jewish lobby. It took Israel to purify America.
THIS IS A GOOD COLUMN WHICH TAKES A HATCHET TO THE MYTH, LIES, DISTORTION AND BIAS OF SEYMOUR HERSH…..HOWEVER THAT FIRST HATCHET WAS WIELDED BY RAEL JEAN ISAAC WHO WAS THE FIRST…..REPEAT, FIRST WRITER TO EXPOSE HERSH WHILE HE WAS BASKING IN THE PRAISE OF THE IGNORANTI AS A GREAT INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER…..I HAVE INCLUDED HER LINKS AND COLUMNS IN THE NEXT POSTING…..RSK
Last June, the distinguished American journalist Seymour Hersh published an article in the New Yorker entitled “Iran and the Bomb: How Real Is the Nuclear Threat?” His answer: not very. There exists no “irrefutable evidence of an ongoing hidden nuclear-weapons program in Iran,” Hersh asserted, relying upon the words of anonymous “intelligence and diplomatic officials.” Hersh concluded with a quote from Mohamed ElBaradei, who had retired as director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) two years earlier: “During my time at the agency,” ElBaradei said, “we haven’t seen a shred of evidence that Iran has been weaponizing, in terms of building nuclear-weapons facilities and using enriched materials.”
A week before Hersh’s piece hit newsstands, news came of a letter sent by Yukiya Amano, ElBaradei’s successor, to the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization. The IAEA had received “further information related to such possible undisclosed nuclear-related activities.” Amano wished to “reiterate the concern about the existence of possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program.” Iran, as it has always done, dismissed the evidence collected by the IAEA as forgeries.
LIKE THE CULT OF GLOBAL WARMING AND USING LEECHES TO BRING DOWN FEVER AND INFECTION…..PEACE PROCESSING AND THE TWO SATE DELUSION ARE OVER….PERIOD. THE ONLY THING ABBAS CAN NEGOTIATE IS ISRAELI SUZERAINTY OVER ALL OF JUDEA AND SAMARIA….THE “ARAB SPRING” HAS MADE THAT A FACT…..THE REST IS USELESS COMMENTARY….RSK
It has been one year since the “Arab Spring” spread like wildfire throughout the Arab Muslim World under the banner of change and supposed reform for a better future.
In Tunisia, after 23 years of power, the corrupt Zine el Abidine Ben Ali regime was overturned, the protests against him sparked by a fed-up Tunisian man setting himself on fire. And then in Egypt, the world watched as thousands of people streamed into Tahrir Square, eventually bursting through a human chain of officers to seize the Square under the same slogan of change. The crescendo came about when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned in February after a mere 18 days of protests. Since then, “Arab Spring” demonstrations spread to Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, and now Syria, where the Bashar al-Asad regime has murdered thousands of innocent civilians in an effort to keep its hold on power.
Why Should Reporters Without Borders Care If There is No Free Media In The West Bank Or Gaza So Long As They Can Find An Anti-Israeli Angle To Their Work?
It would have been better if Reporters Without Borders expressed similar attitudes about the continued assault on free speech and journalism not only in the Palestinian territories, but also the entire Arab world.
The Paris-based group Reporters Without Borders says it is “deeply shocked” by the Israeli army’s recent closure of two Palestinian TV stations in Ramallah.
Israeli soldiers and inspectors from the Israeli Ministry of Communications raided the two TV stations, Watan and Al-Quds Educational, and confiscated their transmitters because their broadcasts had been disrupting communications at Ben Gurion Airport.
Israel did not conduct the raid on the TV stations because it wants to silence the Palestinian media, as some Palestinians have claimed.
The raid was aimed at preventing a disaster as a result of the disruption of communications between aircraft and Ben Gurion Airport.
But that has not stopped groups such as Reporters Without Borders from calling on the Israeli government to “return the confiscated equipment and allow the two stations to resume broadcasting.”
The group has, in fact, blindly endorsed the Palestinian version — basically that the raid was part of an Israeli crackdown on freedom of media and expression in the Palestinian territories.
How Many Wins for Romney on Super Tuesday? Posted By Rich Baehr http://pjmedia.com/blog/how-many-wins-for-romney-on-super-tuesday/?print=1 After a narrow win in the Michigan primary (3 points) and a decisive win in the Arizona primary (20 points) on Tuesday, Mitt Romney followed with a win in the Wyoming caucuses. He holds a 5-point lead in the only public poll […]
The perennial Arab war on Israel — which we dignify with neutral titles like “Arab/Israeli conflict” — tries the patience of bystanders, yet politicians are continually tantalized at the prospect of another round of talks, and predictably support what are termed Israeli “confidence-building measures.” Two recent examples:
* Jerusalem Post , February 3: “Quartet envoy Tony Blair is involved in intensive talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu about putting together a package of economic gestures to keep the Palestinians directly engaged with Israel in low-level talks in Jordan.”
* Agence France Presse , February 2: “[UN Secretary-General] Ban [Ki-moon] has this week urged Israel to make ‘goodwill gestures’ to tempt the Palestinians back to talks.”
Note that Israel is not being asked to make these “gestures” in return for anything. It is urged to do so merely to entice the Palestinian Authority (PA) to negotiate with it. In other words, the intended “gestures” are unilateral Israeli concessions. Unfortunately, peace has never been facilitated by Israeli unilateral concessions. Quite the contrary.
Defending Shariah in America By Pamela Geller
America, apologizing to brutal murderers for disposing of terrorist messages in a quran, is Shariah law in America.
America, Judge Martin dismissing the charges against a Muslim who attacked a Halloween parade goer because his costume was an insult to Muhammad, is the Shariah.
America, mosqueing the workplace is the Shariah.
America, demonizing and marginalizing of pro-freedom voices like mine, like those of my colleagues, is the Shariah.
America, mosqueing the public school is the Shariah in America.
America, mosqueing the neighborhood is the Shariah in America.
The Washington Post on March 2 ran a piece written by Omar Sacirbey for the Religion News Service. Muslims launch campaign to ‘understand’ Shariah. It began: “Against a backdrop of heartland fears that U.S. Muslims seek to impose Islamic law on American courts, a leading Muslim group will launch a campaign on Monday (March 5) to dispel what it called misconceptions about Shariah.”
Probe: Korans Placed in Trash by Soldiers, Inadvertently Burned by Afghan Workers
The Sky News headline does not tell the full story; it appears several enlisted men were directed to dispose of the Korans found to have been burned, but they were not given clear orders how to get rid of them. The actual burning was apparently begun by Afghans manning the pit. You have to read far down in the linked story to read this. Emphasis mine.
US officials said several of the soldiers, who have not been publicly identified, are likely to face disciplinary proceedings.
They were not told to burn the books, although it’s unclear how they were supposed to dispose of Muslim texts. ‘There were crossed wires,’ said one official familiar with the investigation. ‘There’s no indication this was a deliberate attempt to defile religious materials.’
Afghan workers at the burn pit spotted several Korans in the flames and ’started getting riled up’ over the desecration of holy books, another official said. The workers pulled several charred books from the fire and told other Afghans, igniting widespread outrage.