Seymour Hersh: A Handful of Constitutionally-Minded People within the Pentagon Stopped the Syrian War

11/12/2013 19:51

Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh (who uncovered the Iraq prison torture scandal and the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam) revealed in the International Business Times that there is more evidence for the Syrian rebels than Assad being the culprits behind the sarin chemical weapons attack in Syria.

This has been known for some time.

What’s new is that Hersh says that the main reason Obama backed down from war wasn’t Putin’s brilliant chess move – or even the overwhelming opposition of the American people to war.

Rather, Hersh says that it was strong opposition from a handful of patriotic Americans within the Pentagon which caused Obama to back down:

[Obama] didn’t do it [i.e. pull the plug on war with Syria] because the American people said no.  He [backed down] because he didn’t have a case.  And there was incredible opposition that will be, one of these days, written about, maybe in history books. There was incredible operation [sic] from some very, very strong-minded, constitutionally minded people in the Pentagon. That’s the real story.

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He didn’t do it [back down from a war against Syria] because of public opinion. He was willing to flout it, I think.

 

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