Thursday, January 27, 2005

Seymour Hersh Predicts the Collapse of an Empire

Famed reporter Seymour Hersh seems to be growing more and more fearful for the future. Hersh recently delivered a speech on the nomination of Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales, criticizing the government for it's role in torture from Gitmo to Abu Gharib and Vietnam.

Hersh took direct aim at the neocons, naming nobody in particular, but referring to them in extremely strong language, all but comparing them to fascist dictators:

The amazing thing is we are been taken over basically by a cult, eight or nine neo-conservatives have somehow grabbed the government. Just how and why and how they did it so efficiently, will have to wait for much later historians and better documentation than we have now, but they managed to overcome the bureaucracy and the Congress, and the press, with the greatest of ease. It does say something about how fragile our Democracy is.
Hersh cited the recent CIA purges as a specific example of the neocons' power. This purge was a topic of great discussion in blogosphere, but was largely ignored in the mainstream media:

What they have done is neutralize the C.I.A. because there were people there inside -- the real goal of what Goss has done was not attack the operational people, but the intelligence people. There were people -- serious senior analysts who disagree with the White House, with Cheney, basically, that's what I mean by White House, and Rumsfeld on a lot of issues, as somebody said, the goal in the last month has been to separate the apostates from the true believers.
Hersh's prediction for the future is rather bleak. The man who uncovered Abu Gharib, has won countless awards and is one of the most respected journalists in the world, is predicting the collapse of the American Empire:

It's going to go very bad, folks. You know, if you have not sold your stocks and bought property in Italy, you better do it quick. And the third thing is Europe -- Europe is not going to tolerate us much longer. The rage there is enormous. I'm talking about our old-fashioned allies. We could see something there, collective action against us. Certainly, nobody -- it's going to be an awful lot of dancing on our graves as the dollar goes bad and everybody stops buying our bonds, our credit -- our -- we're spending $2 billion a day to float the debt, and one of these days, the Japanese and the Russians, everybody is going to start buying oil in Euros instead of dollars. We're going to see enormous panic here. But he could get through that. That will be another year, and the damage he's going to do between then and now is enormous. We're going to have some very bad months ahead.
Even though Hersh is not the greatest orator, it is a phenomenal speech, full of passion and intelligence. Read the transcript, judge for yourself.


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