March 09, 2003

Perle: Seymour Hersh is the

Perle: Seymour Hersh is the "Closest Thing American Journalism Has to a Terrorist"

Guys and gals, it's getting nasty out there. Hersh is questioning uber-hawk Richard Perle's motives for being so gung-ho on the Iraq issue. Perle, it would appear, lost his cool on Wolf Blitzer's show over the allegations.

Transcript: BLITZER: All right. Tom, hold on a minute. You know, we are basically
>all out of time for this segment. But before you go, Richard, I want to
>give you a chance to respond.
>There's an article in the New Yorker magazine by Seymour Hersh that's
>just coming out today in which he makes a serious accusation against
>you that you have a conflict of interest in this because you're
>involved in some business that deals with homeland security, you
>potentially could make some money if, in fact, there is this kind of
>climate that he accuses you of proposing.
>Let me read a quote from the New Yorker article, the March 17th issue,
>just out now. "There is no question that Perle believes that removing
>Saddam from power is the right thing to do. At the same time, he has
>set up a company that may gain from a war."
>PERLE: I don't believe that a company would gain from a war. On the
>contrary, I believe that the successful removal of Saddam Hussein, and
>I've said this over and over again, will diminish the threat of
>terrorism. And what he's talking about is investments in homeland
>defense, which I think are vital and are necessary.
>Look, Sy Hersh is the closest thing American journalism has to a
>terrorist, frankly.
>BLITZER: Well, on the basis of -- why do you say that? A terrorist?
>PERLE: Because he's widely irresponsible. If you read the article, it's
>first of all, impossible to find any consistent theme in it. But the
>suggestion that my views are somehow related for the potential for
>investments in homeland defense is complete nonsense.
>BLITZER: But I don't understand. Why do you accuse him of being a
>PERLE: Because he sets out to do damage and he will do it by whatever
>innuendo, whatever distortion he can -- look, he hasn't written a
>serious piece since Maylie (ph).
>BLITZER: All right. We're going to leave it right there.
>Richard Perle, thank you very much.

Well, get your copy of the New Yorker folks! When I first heard Perle got steamed I thought it would be over another dual-loyalties-Likudniks-run-amok-in-Washington interrogatory like Tim Russert's last week. But no, something altogether different.

Gosh, who knew journalists could be terrorists? Next thing you know, Seymour will be donning disguises and assassinating our Kurdish and Shia Massouds!

Note: The CNN transcript's phonetic Maylie is, of course, a reference to My Lai.

"In 1969 Seymour Hersh, then a freelance journalist, got a tip about an upcoming court martial. He followed the lead to the Pentagon and finally to a military prison in Georgia. There he met Lt. William Calley, a name now infamous. Calley spoke candidly to Hersh and the resulting story of the massacre of over 500 civilians at a small Vietnamese village called My Lai won Hersh the 1970 Pulitzer Prize, and forever altered the way the American public thought about war and its own soldiers."

So Perle thinks Hersh hasn't written a serious piece in 33 years! Tell that to Tina Brown and David Remnick.

Posted by Gregory at March 9, 2003 11:34 PM
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