Sorry, folks. I had hoped to write a long piece about the controversy over the death of Osama Bin Laden. But work is pressing and deadlines approacheth. To make matters infinitely worse, two people in my household developed computer problems which required attention. One was a laptop issue -- I hate
working on laptops -- and the other was the networking problem from The Hell Beneath Eight Other Hells.
(It can be satisfying to bring an old desktop system back to life. After a guy reaches a certain age, the idea of tossing out aged equipment carries a kind of symbolic terror. But desktops are big and roomy and easy to tinker with, while laptops are compact and fussy and no fun at all.)
I will have more on the Hersh/Obama/Osama controversy soon. In the meantime, enjoy Hersh's appearance on Democracy Now (embedded above), in which he responds to his critics.
I've been noting the prominence of this guy
in the anti-Hersh backlash coverage. Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell says that Hersh got it all laughably wrong.
When I fist read that story, my immediate response was: Could Morell have been Hersh's source?
Morell certainly was in the right position, and his current harsh denunciations of Hersh may be a way of deflecting suspicion. If this whodunnit were an Agatha Christie story, Poirot would take a very close look at a certain former Deputy Director who doth protest too much.
Morell's sympathies are clearly with the GOP, which means that his current attacks on Hersh don't stem from any concerns about protecting the Obama administration. But the former CIA officer probably does care about protecting the US-Saudi relationship. Hersh, in a little-noted (but extremely important) passage, says that the Saudis directly funded Osama Bin Laden during his Pakistan sojourn. The Powers-That-Be can't let that
claim congeal into accepted wisdom, even though the claim is probably quite true.
I also happened to glimpse Morrell on the local Fox News affiliate, spewing the usual Foxshit about -- you guessed it! -- Benghazi. Yes. That
And the guy has nothing new to say. He's still repeating the usual Fox drivel about the post-attack "talking points" given to Susan Rice before she appeared on teevee, as if anyone cares.
Did Morell happen to mention that the person who gave Rice those talking points was neocon favorite Victoria Nuland? No, he did not. Nuland is part of the Kagan clan, a.k.a. The Untouchables, and Morell's refusal to mention her name says much.
For a long time, I have believed that the Romney campaign was coordinating with an intelligence insider who helped to concoct the whole Benghazi/"Innocence of Muslims" imbroglio. (In previous posts, we traced the dissemination of that video to a small troop of deniable intelligence assets seeking to undermine the current administration.) You may recall that, back in 2012, this humble blog offered some speculative commentary about Romney's links to the intelligence community. I don't know if Morell was the one who acted as Romney's mole, but if you share my belief that such a mole existed, then you may want to place Morell on the list of suspects.
Watch this guy. Maybe he hopes to become CIA Director (or DNI) after a Republican victory in 2016. He's definitely a "playah."