Blake Hounshell of the site ForeignPolicy.com called Hersh's speech a "rambling, conspiracy-laden diatribe," but this is not true. Anybody with eyes to see has accepted the fact that America's constitutional republic was hijacked, subverted, overthrown, destroyed, whatever name you want to give it. . . the point is that a drastic changed occurred, freedom was stripped from the American people and left to die by the highest government authorities over a period of generations, the idea of public consent was abandoned, and America's founding principles were crushed and thrown down the toilet.
When exactly this drastic changed occurred is up for debate. Some people say the change began the day that Bush stole the election in 2000; others say that the change in the American government's relationship to the people, and its change in foreign policy occurred immediately after America's victory in World War Two with the creation of the National Security State. I believe the great change which ushered in the "unspeakable" reality of how power truly operates in Washington, as author James Douglass calls it in his book "JFK and The Unspeakable: Why He Died And Why It Matters," certainly has its origins in the National Security Act of 1947, and this change was evident throughout the 1950s, but the greater push towards tyranny in America occurred upon the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 by the anti-democratic elitists who created the CIA, and own the National Security State, continued by the assassinations of two other political reformers, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy.
President Kennedy opposed the new coalition of evil in Washington, which has since shown to be permanent, and he was killed for it. JFK was not a saint, but he was a great man. He did not give in to the blind fate that was planned for America--that of a death-dealing empire rather than a friendly and peaceable republic. He envisioned a new era of world peace and economic prosperity, in which America played a big role, but not the only one. We should remember and honor the fact that he died while protecting the greatest constitution on Earth, preserving the American republic, and depriving the monsters of war another war.
Hersh says that the neocons hijacked U.S. foreign policy and the American war machine, but there is a lot of room for argument there, because the American war machine was corrupted and turned inside out by powerful and manipulative elitists in Washington long before Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz, and the rest of the gang came onto the scene. The neocons just gave the American empire a new vision, and a new direction. The parts were already there, all they had to do was design and install a new engine for the ride.
Look at it this way: The CIA was established as a band of criminals and liars at the very top and it could always be counted on to lie to the American people, spread endless propaganda, maintain an assigned narrative for the public through the media, and keep secrets, especially about big events like 9/11; the military was well suited to take on new wars, and it had just won the Gulf war so its leadership was confident and the troops had high morale; and the American people had proven gullible and/or inattentive enough to believe more big lies.
All that was needed to take America to war was a grand new mission, this time against "terrorism," a group of individuals like the neocons who were ballsy, immoral, manipulative, and politically skillful, and a cadre of rotten traitors both in and outside of government. The historical stage was set for the neocons and the benefactors of the National Security State to attack America on 9/11, and thereafter implement their evil agenda.
In the face of all kinds of evidence that 9/11 was an inside job, including scientific, circumstantial, and political, the proper and sane response would be to piece the puzzle about 9/11 and the greater goal of the war on terror together, whereas the irrational response would be to deny the obvious facts of that tragic day, and discount any belief that the Bush administration was responsible for 9/11 as "crazy" and "moronic." The truly crazy opinions are not held by "conspiracy theorists," but by those who believe any word from the criminal Bush administration on the topic of 9/11, and the war on terror, as well as its successor, the equally criminal Obama administration. The unavoidable fact is that the United States government is led by liars and two-faced traitors. Everything that Bush said was a lie. And everything that Obama says is a lie. These leaders are habitual liars. That is just the way it is.
In his speech Hersh addressed government lying, and the modus operandi of the CIA:
"I've given up being disillusioned about the CIA. They're trained to lie, period. They will lie to their president, they will lie certainly to the Congress, and they will lie to the American people. That's all there is to it."Hersh's strong critique of Washington is not the least bit conspiratorial or silly. He has not gone off the rails, instead, he is accepting the reality that America is led by traitors and evil men. He's still a little bit off the mark in his analysis of the situation, and he hasn't touched the subject of 9/11 truth, but he's getting there. He is definitely doing more than the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the rest of the media as far as telling the facts straight, and letting the pieces fall where they may. There are very few brave and smart journalists around these days, and Hersh ranks at the top of the list.