Seymour Hersh's "The Coming Wars: What the Pentagon Can Now Do In Secret"

Hersh's latest piece in the New Yorker. Bottom line:
Bush and his national-security advisers have consolidated control over the military and intelligence communities' analyses and covert operations.
They have an aggressive and ambitious agenda for using that control against Iran and against terrorist targets.
The C.I.A. will continue to be downgraded, and the agency will increasingly serve as "facilitators" of policy emanating from W and Cheney. This process is well under way with Cheney's man, Porter Goss, installed at the CIA.
Rumsfeld's reappointment as Defense Secretary was never in doubt. He will become even more important during the second term; the agenda was determined before the election, and much of it will be Rumsfeld's responsibility.
The war on terrorism will be expanded and effectively placed under the Pentagon's control. W has authorized secret commando groups and other Special Forces units to conduct covert operations in as many as ten nations in Asia.
The President's decision enables Rumsfeld to run the operations off the books-free from legal restrictions imposed on the C.I.A. The Pentagon doesn't feel obligated to report any of this to Congress.    
Hersh says he was repeatedly told in his interviews that the next strategic target is Iran.


Blogger Story Keeper said...

Hersh was on NPR today discussing his piece; he discussed the attacks he suffered the day after the piece appeared. He also noted that this story has been picked up by the newspapers. Wish I could believe it would help.

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