In 2011, an elite group of US Navy SEALS stormed an enclosure in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, the man the United States had begun chasing before the devastating attacks of 9/11. The news did much to boost President Obama's first term and played a major part in his reelection victory of the following year. But much of the story of that night, as presented to the world, was incomplete or a lie. The evidence of what actually went on remains hidden.
At the same time, the full story of the United States' involvement in the Syrian civil war has been kept behind a diplomatic curtain, concealed by doublespeak. It is a policy of obfuscation that has compelled the White House to turn a blind eye to Turkey's involvement in supporting ISIS and its predecessors in Syria.
This investigation, which began as a series of essays in the London Review of Books, has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the world media. In his introduction, Hersh asks what will be the legacy of Obama's time in office. Was it an era of "change we can believe in" or a season of lies and compromises that continued George W. Bush's misconceived War on Terror? How did he lose the confidence of the general in charge of America's forces, who acted in direct contradiction to the White House? What else do we not know?
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By BG on 06-07-16
Red Pill for Syria
I can't recommend this enough to anyone reading this. If you found your way to this page, then you have the requisite intellectual curiosity and skepticism toward official narratives to appreciate this fantastic, old school investigative journalism. Unlike the official narratives parroted in all mainstream media from NYT to FNC to CNN, these articles do not make wild, nonsensical claims (e.g. "we found bin Laden and threw him in the ocean immediately") citing anonymous "intelligence officials". Rather, Hersh makes entirely plausible claims that, with a few exceptions, cite NAMED, credible sources who stand by their statements. It is very telling that Hersh is completely ridiculed, dismissed as a nut, called a traitor, etc. by all mainstream media and all but a handful of politicians. Ad hominem attacks on the messenger, as opposed to evidence disproving the message, are generally a sign that the message is true. The louder the attack, the more important the message.
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By Rev. David B. Smith on 26-08-16
An excellent compilation of some of Hersch's most important pieces of investigative journalism. Everyone who cares about the truth should read this.
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