Obama, bin Laden, and Seymour Hersh

(FTB) – Mano Singham:

President Obama and the national security state have reaped great political rewards from the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011. It enabled him to run for re-election on the swagger of ordering a bold raid to do what his predecessor could not do. It enabled the CIA and the NSA to claim that their clever sleuthing was what enabled the US to locate bin Laden in Pakistan. It justified the use of torture by claiming that this was what got them vital information. And it enabled the US military and its much vaunted Special Forces to glory in successfully going in, carrying out a raid in a foreign country under the noses of that government, and then get out again without that country’s military being any the wiser. Even Obama’s political adversaries had no counter to vice-president Joe Biden’s boast during the 2012 campaign that it was thanks to Obama that “General Motors is alive and bin Laden is dead.”

But now veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh has spoiled that story. In a blockbuster 10,000 word article in the London Review of Books, Hersh says that almost all the key elements of that story are false. …


Zero Dark Thirty, 2012 film


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