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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Seymour Hersch - Opinionated Wind Bag

The Pulitzer Prize is sometimes rewarded to individuals who lack any fact for what they write or how they expose things that place America, our military and many times agents in harms way. xxx As a country the United States is not always correct, it's leaders many times error and the criticism will flow. However, as in the case of the New York Times, the media and journalists place themselves above the overall safety and welfare of U.S. citizens. All for a story or to harm someone politically they don't care for. xxx Seymour Hersch has made a career out of uncovering things that don't necessarily make him patriotic; it's not his job to be a patriot. Many things need to be told but should be measured. Here is a short record of Mr. Hersch's "findings":

  • 1969 exposé of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam (widely believed to have helped turn American public opinion against the Vietnam War along with Walter Cronkite's misleading statements about the Tet offensive.)
  • Broke news about the secret U.S. bombing of Cambodia.
  • Broke news about covert C.I.A. attempts to overthrow Chilean president Salvador Allende.
  • Provided the first details about American soldiers abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Hersch was lecturing north of the border in Montreal and had this to say...“There has never been an American army as violent and murderous as the one in Iraq” xxxx How does Hersch justify this claim? How can he prove his statement? Hersch described video footage depicting U.S. atrocities in Iraq, which he had viewed, but not yet published a story about. He described one video in which American soldiers massacre a group of people playing soccer. xxxx “Three U.S. armed vehicles, eight soldiers in each, are driving through a village, passing candy out to kids,” he began. “Suddenly the first vehicle explodes, and there are soldiers screaming. Sixteen soldiers come out of the other vehicles, and they do what they’re told to do, which is look for running people.” xxx “Never mind that the bomb was detonated by remote control,” Hersch continued. “[The soldiers] open up fire; [the] cameras show it was a soccer game.” xxxx “About ten minutes later, [the soldiers] begin dragging bodies together, and they drop weapons there. It was reported as 20 or 30 insurgents killed that day,” he said. "If Americans knew the full extent of U.S. criminal conduct, they would receive returning Iraqi veterans as they did Vietnam veterans," Hersch said. xxx “In Vietnam, our soldiers came back and they were reviled as baby killers, in shame and humiliation,” he said. “It isn’t happening now, but I will tell you – there has never been an [American] army as violent and murderous as our army has been in Iraq.” xxx Once again I ask what proof other than videos, which may not prove anything, and Hersch's own prejudice and vitriol against a U.S. President while speaking in a foreign country? xxx Hersch has a record of scorn which he uses to turn public opinion but if he can't provide exact details, or bring evidence that would stand up in a court of law, then what does he have? Nothing but success by polluting the facts. xxxx Hersch has bluster and insults, that's it! Hersch asks how fragile Democracy is. However, its Democracy in the fashion of the United States that allows Seymour Hersch the freedom to articulate his views, no matter how skewed the facts are. Hersch presents his opinion as fact, discussing videos but not showing them. xxx John Kerry can call our troops uneducated, losers, illiterate and hurl insults. Seymour Hersch claims soldiers who fought in Vietnam and currently in the Middle East are baby killers, and should be shamed and humiliated. Did he forget how they were spit upon in public while wearing a military uniform? Maybe we should believe our troops are Nazis as Dick Durbin has proclaimed. xxx What makes up the pathology of the Hersch, Kerry, Kennedy, and Durbin crowd? They call people horrible things publicly because they have the power and bully pulpit to do so. They bluster to anyone with a camera, microphone or forum to spread their vitriol without providing facts to their misleading claims. xxx We must continue to expose this ilk of bloviating windbags. xxx Source: McGill Daily

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