October 20, 2009

Hersh: Pentagon Out to Ruin Obama

From the always fascinating Seymour Hersh:

"A lot of people in the Pentagon would like to see him [Obama] get into trouble," he said. By leaking information that the commanding officer in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, says the war would be lost without an additional 40,000 American troops, top brass have put Obama in a no-win situation, Hersh contended.

"If he gives them the extra troops they're asking for, he loses politically," Hersh said. "And if he doesn't give them the troops, he also loses politically."

The journalist criticized the president for "letting the military do that," and suggested the only way out was for Obama to stand up to them.

"He's either going to let the Pentagon run him or he has to run the Pentagon," Hersh said. If he doesn't, "this stuff is going to be the ruin of his presidency."

Funny. I thought Obama was doing a pretty good job of destroying his Presidency on his own.

As for Hersh, he's had some notable successes, and some equally spectacular duds. How are Dick Cheney's death squads working out for you, Seymour?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 20, 2009 11:15 PM

I don't suppose Mr. Hersh ever thought that the Pentagon's position might be that they are trying to win a war. Actually, winning a war might just be what Pres. Obama needs. Not that he will ever get this advice.

Posted by: James S. at October 21, 2009 01:51 AM

Didn't Obama say the war in Afghanistan was the correct war? Or was that only a political lie to make it appear he also was for national security and Bush was just incompetent for starting the wrong war?

We can now truthfully say, "Obama lied men died."

As his hate America Pastor has said, "America's chickens are coming home to roost!."

Posted by: Rick at October 21, 2009 07:34 AM

The only thing you can trust about what Hersh says is that it's intended to promote Hersh. It's not that he's dishonest, it's that he has only the barest familiarity with reality.

Posted by: Rob Crawford at October 21, 2009 09:40 AM

Sy Hersh is still alive? Huh.

Posted by: Pablo at October 21, 2009 11:42 AM

Um... "comes with the territory of the position of commander in chief"?

Seriously Barry... if you didn't want this responsibility, you shouldn't have applied for the job.

Posted by: HatlessHessian at October 21, 2009 12:07 PM

Hersh? That guy stays plastered.

Posted by: brando at October 21, 2009 04:31 PM

Hersh? Hersh? I thought he invaded Iran along with Cheney's secret assassination squads. How does he manage to send copy back to the states?

Posted by: daleyrocks at October 21, 2009 05:10 PM

Hersh is a perennial self-loather that displaces his self hatred onto his nation. But that is too generous. To him, America is not his nation, it is the enemy. Once you understand that then you know who this gentleman really is and what he is about. Make no mistake, with his comrades running this country our days of liberty may be numbered.

Posted by: Ultraman at October 21, 2009 11:01 PM

Well goodness gracious, people! You have to have priorities, and compared with Obama's political health, what is national security, the lives of our warriors or of American citizens, the continuing existence of Israel, a national, even global economic meltdown and spending and taxation designed to return America to 1820?

You have to have priorities, and that's just what we elected Obama to do.

Posted by: Mike McDaniel at October 21, 2009 11:56 PM