Electrifying investigation of White House lies about the assassination of Osama bin Laden
In 2011, an elite group of US Navy SEALS stormed an enclosure in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, the man the United States had begun chasing before the devastating attacks of 9/11. The news did much to boost President Obama's first term and played a major part in his reelection victory of the following year. But much of the story of that night, as presented to the world, was incomplete or a lie. The evidence of what actually went on remains hidden.
At the same time, the full story of the United States' involvement in the Syrian civil war has been kept behind a diplomatic curtain, concealed by doublespeak. It is a policy of obfuscation that has compelled the White House to turn a blind eye to Turkey's involvement in supporting ISIS and its predecessors in Syria.
This investigation, which began as a series of essays in the London Review of Books, has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the world media. In his introduction, Hersh asks what will be the legacy of Obama's time in office. Was it an era of "change we can believe in" or a season of lies and compromises that continued George W. Bush's misconceived War on Terror? How did he lose the confidence of the general in charge of America's forces, who acted in direct contradiction to the White House? What else do we not know?
©2016 Seymour M. Hersh (P)2016 Random House Audio
"One of America's greatest investigative reporters." (New York Times Magazine)
"The most feared investigative reporter in Washington." (Guardian)
"Hersh's exposés of gross abuses by members of the US military in Vietnam and Iraq have earned him worldwide fame and high journalistic honors." (Foreign Policy)
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An excellent compilation of some of Hersch's most important pieces of investigative journalism. Everyone who cares about the truth should read this.
"Truth is Treason in an Empire of Lies"
I would listen again, and I already did. It is a quick listen and includes topics other than headliner, so in a very short time you hear a lot.
That, in stark contrast to the bizarre, internally inconsistent official narratives on the Bin Laden raid and the US role in Syria, the events disclosed by Hersh actually jibe with reality and common sense. Despite the optimism Hersh apparently felt as Obama took office, he does not pull any punches presenting his case that the President and many others repeatedly lied and continue lying. Unlike the tiresome cable news shouting shows, this book is not focused on games of political gotcha. These scandals are far bigger than politics and both parties are neck deep.
I'll go out on a limb and say he was best as "the narrator."
Do any US citizens care about what the US government does in their name using their money? The truth is disturbing, but ignorance is bliss. Matrix, red pill, etc.
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