When Seymour Talks… You Should Listen

Seymour Hersh has launched another bombshell into the public spotlight — that the Pentagon is working to undermine President Obama.

The military is “in a war against the White House — and they feel they have Obama boxed in,”

In case you don’t know, Seymour Hersh is the reporter that broke the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam, the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, and told us that Dick Cheney had a secret assassination team.

So, when Seymour speaks, we should be listening…

I won’t even say “if” this is true, simply because, Seymour Hersh isn’t known to be wrong.  So, we need to work on the belief that the Pentagon and military commanders are, in fact, working to undermine the Obama administration.

“A lot of people in the Pentagon would like to see him get into trouble”

One of those people is undoubtedly Gen. McChrystal who stated that he needs more troops in Afghanistan or the mission will fail.

By leaking information that the commanding officer in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, says the war would be lost without an additional 40,000 American troops, top brass have put Obama in a no-win situation, Hersh contended.

Gen. McChrystal isn’t the first General to be at odds with his President over a war.  There are many examples throughout history where Generals disagreed with policy or decisions.  Some were more vocal about it than others, to be sure.  Generals have always lobbied for more troops and resources.

On April 28, 1967, Westmoreland addressed a joint session of Congress. “In evaluating the enemy strategy,” he said, “It is evident to me that he believes our Achilles heel is our resolve … Your continued strong support is vital to the success of our mission … Backed at home by resolve, confidence, patience, determination and continued support, we will prevail in Vietnam over the Communist aggressor!”

So, what makes this any different?  This is the difference.

“They think he’s weak and the wrong color. Yes, there’s racism in the Pentagon. We may not like to think that, but it’s true and we all know it.”

Afghanistan was the forgotten war under Bush/Cheney.  Every General in Afghanistan knew they weren’t going to get resources, or troops, while all of the resources were poured into Iraq.  Did we see the Pentagon going after Bush or Cheney for their failed policies?  What we saw were General’s, who retired, speak out against the war and the way the wars were conducted.  But, actively work to undermine the President?  No.

President Obama is quite capable of relegating himself to a one-term President on his own.  He doesn’t need any help from a bunch of racists in the Pentagon.  But, the very fact that part of this push is racially motivated should be disturbing to all of us.  The question that needs to be asked is, how far are these people willing to go to undermine his Presidency?