Whaddaya know: Seymour Hersh shows that Obama's story of how Osama Bin Laden got whacked was a tissue of lies
Seymour Hersh (in the London Review of Books, mind you, not the Obot-infested New Yorker, where he has so long published. Interestingly, the LRB has just gone down ("service temporarily unavailable"). Because I was reading the story on my iPad before the LRB went down, I was able to take some screen shots. Here they are; they don't add up to a coherent narrative, and I don't have time right now to lay Hersh's timeline against existing narratives. (Remember that story about using a vaccination program in Pakistan as cover? That was part of the history rewrite on this, amazingly enough.) But... Wow. What a farrago.
The key point, besides the usual tissue of lies and chaos in the White House, is that when Obama whacked OBL it was a killing; a murder, no more and no less. The SEALs knew it, and everybody who knows what wasn't done with the body knew it (surprise; it wasn't dumped at sea).
So take a look at this famous photograph from the White House situation room:
I would like to know how much Clinton knew about the OBL operation, and all the farcically bad details involved in it.
I would like to hear Clinton's explanation of what she was watching in the photograph above.
I would like to know if Clinton knew, live, in the situation, whether OBL was murdered, or not. (In fact, I'd like to know that about everyone in the room.)
And I would finally like to know if Clinton supports the murder of U.S. citizens for reasons of state, as does Obama.
If it ever comes up, which I doubt it will, the Clinton campaign will doubtless say something along the lines of "Secretary Clinton feels it's a good thing OBL got whacked, because he was a bad guy."
Too bad about the missed opportunity to try a war criminal in the Hague.
It would be nice to be able to back off from the "war on terror" as a self-licking ice cream cone of blowback and wedding parties exploding in pink mist, and start treating it as an international justice issue for the police and the courts, but then I can see how several administrations, including Obama's, would be sensitive about trying war criminals.