Friday, August 26, 2016

The Killing of Osama bin Laden by; Seymour M. Hersh

I had gone to the Library to pick up a book I had reserved. It is” Night” by Elie Wiesel. He was a survivor of the Holocaust. I will report later. As I was leaving I browsed the new book section and saw this book and of course just had to read. It is a small book, only 124 pages, but packed with dynamite. Many of my thoughts about Obama’s weak handling of Islamic Terrorists are confirmed. Some of you will quit reading at this point. All I can say is shame on you for not wanting to hear the truth. Hersh is not just some right-wing nut job. He is the real McCoy. It was he who exposed the My Lai, Vietnam massacre, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. He has won the George Polk prize five times, the National Magazine Award for Public Interest twice, the LA Times Book Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Osama bin Laden We were told that Pakistan was not informed. That was a lie. General Kayani and General Pasha knew in advance. They made sure that the two helicopters could enter Pakistan without interference. The Generals wanted the release of military aid plus under the table personal incentives. By the way Saudi Arabia was financing bin Laden’s upkeep. The Generals even supplied the DNA proof that it was bin Laden. Another falsehood was that he would be taken alive if possible. The clear evidence is that he was to be killed and he was. The compound guards were under orders to leave as soon as they heard the rotors so there was no fire fight. The only shots fired were into bin Laden except one that hit the leg of one of his wives. There was no cache of computers only some books and papers which were collected. The agreement was to keep silent for a week but Obama spilled the beans as soon as the hit was confirmed. The Seals involved were forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement so as not to compromise Obama’s story. The claim that bin Laden was active in planning was also false. He was in ill health. The burial at sea was another lie. The picture we have seen so many times of Obama, Hillary and staff waiting with bated breath was just an act. The story told to the American people was sufficient to assure Obama’s election for a second term. The Red Line and the Rat Line In 2011 Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting Congress but before attacking Syria he asked the Congress to approve. The Red Line had been drawn in the sand by Obama threatening to strike Assad hard if he used chemical weapons against the rebel forces or civilians. There was a Sarin Gas attack on a Damascus suburb of Ghouta. Obama ordered our military to prepare to strike. A report from England proved that the type of gas used was not something Assad’s forces had. It had come from a rebel group instead. The French and English were ready to do their part. It was called off and the Russians persuaded Assad to remove his inventory. We, the American people were never told that Assad was not responsible for the gas attack. It is hard for me to understand as it would have removed the criticism of Obama for drawing a red line and then not taking action. The Rat line is something else altogether. Rat line was named by the CIA and refers to the program to send military hardware from the former Khadafy’s arsenal to the Syrian rebels fighting Assad. The Obama administration has never admitted to its role. This was done in cooperation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. It was authorized in 2012. Many of those receiving turned out to be jihadists, some affiliated with al-Qaida. The assault on the American Embassy and CIA compound in Benghazi which resulted in the death of Ambassador Stevens and three others was undoubtedly because Stevens was in Benghazi to expedite these shipments. This was never admitted to by Obama nor was the Congress ever advised we were doing this as required by law. The writer claims that Erdogan was responsible for the Sarin attack hoping Obama would be forced to enforce his red line threat. In 2013 al-Nusra and the Islamic State were being aided by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar allowing them to make enormous gains. Our effort to find and train so-called nice rebels failed miserably. Erdogan has hopes for re-establishing the Ottoman Empire. The author also states that Obama is wrong about removing Assad and that we should co-ordinate with Russia instead of resisting. A comment very disturbing was that Putin had seen a video of the murder of Gaddafi. He was sodomized by a bayonet. He didn’t want that outcome for Assad. Criticism of Obama by the Pentagon is not accepted. Those who disagree are quickly removed. The book should be a must read for anyone who cares. Jack B. Walters August 26, 2016

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