Am I Missing Something?


Gasp! Shock! Horror! According to legend turned cautionary-tale Seymour Hersh, the Obama administration “cherry picked” intelligence to justify an attack on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

via Gawker

Writing in the London Review of Books, Hersh explains that various sources in the intelligence community have told him that the Obama administration knowingly ignored valuable intelligence, and even altered past intelligence reports, while moving unilaterally forward with a plan to topple the Assad regime.

Unless I missed something; unless I slept through a war and no one told me; we didn’t unilaterally topple Assad. There was no strike.

What makes this amusing to me is that some of the president’s harshest critics argue that his actions actually strengthened the Assad regime by allowing him to stay in power. Critics who say we gave Assad a “win” by allowing him to look like the good guy.

I don’t agree with any of that, but it does make this nothingburger from Hersh seem all the more ridiculous.

As you may recall, earlier this year Hersh made the accusation that the raid on Osama Bin Laden was all a lie and that the media regularly carries water for the Obama administration.

He’s meandering into crackpot territory.