Seymour Hersh Famous Quotes & Sayings

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30 Seymour Hersh Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Seymour Hersh Sayings: We'd be better off if the whole purpose of the adventure in Iraq was, say, We'd be better off if the whole purpose of the adventure in Iraq was, say, to protect Israel or to protect the flow of oil to America and keep it at a reasonable price and try to get some more control. If it was about oil, going into Iraq, I guess, could have made sense. But at a certain point, when the insurgency began and we were in real trouble, there would have been some awareness that we were going to jeopardize the oil.
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Seymour Hersh Sayings: The reality is that Qaddafi has been trying to talk to us about his weapons The reality is that Qaddafi has been trying to talk to us about his weapons system for years, and we ignored him. The Libyans even came to me about two years ago and offered me a chance to go through their facilities because they couldn't get anybody's attention here.
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Seymour Hersh Sayings: They are people who, by and large, think the Administration's policy - and the Iranian They are people who, by and large, think the Administration's policy - and the Iranian case is a classic one - is very stupid. They can't get that view in, and so by talking to me, they accomplish something. It's a way of saying, this ought to be discussed, we got to get this out. That's a form of patriotism, in a funny way.
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Seymour Hersh Sayings: I can tell you one thing: It doesn't matter what the American people think. There's I can tell you one thing: It doesn't matter what the American people think. There's going to be an awful lot more body bags.
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Seymour Hersh Sayings: The idea of photographing an Arab man naked and having him simulate homosexual activity, and The idea of photographing an Arab man naked and having him simulate homosexual activity, and having an American GI woman in the photographs, is the end of society in their eyes.
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Seymour Hersh Sayings: I don't know whether God talks to him or whether he's trying to undo what I don't know whether God talks to him or whether he's trying to undo what his father did. But he believes in the mission. The body bags aren't going to deter him. Public dissent isn't going to deter him. He's going to go ahead. And that's more frightening.
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Seymour Hersh Sayings: Bush can talk about 100,000 people wanting to go work in the police or in Bush can talk about 100,000 people wanting to go work in the police or in the army. It's because there's nothing else for them to do. They're willing to stand in line to get bombed because they want to take care of their family.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: I say openly that I am an anti-war person, with the point being, show me I say openly that I am an anti-war person, with the point being, show me some reason not to be against this war. You have to be sort of asleep at the switch not to be critical of it. And the parallel between one quagmire we went through in Vietnam and the one we're in now is clear for everybody to see.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: The general assumption, which I think is a valid one, is that a lot of The general assumption, which I think is a valid one, is that a lot of the major media were on their heels a little bit and prone to share the grief of the nation and to give Bush all the support it could.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: I always thought Henry Kissinger was a disaster because he lies like most people breathe I always thought Henry Kissinger was a disaster because he lies like most people breathe and you can't have that in public life.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: Nixon clearly broke the law in the cover up of Watergate and hush money payments. Nixon clearly broke the law in the cover up of Watergate and hush money payments. That was all criminal activity. With these guys, we're not talking about the kind of common crimes that Nixon committed. I can't tell you whether they are technically breaking the law, but basically, the American government has been hijacked by neoconservatives. They are taking an awful lot of national security operations into the White House.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: We're going to be really ashamed of ourselves when this whole story about Guantanamo comes We're going to be really ashamed of ourselves when this whole story about Guantanamo comes out. Guantanamo is a really depraved place ...
Seymour Hersh Sayings: Where would we in Washington and we in America be without the Center? We would Where would we in Washington and we in America be without the Center? We would know much less about the workings of our Congress, and our tax dollars. We would know much less about the powers of the Executive, and its ability to hide wrong doing behind secrecy and classification. The Center takes the notion of integrity very seriously, and its investigations are a model for today's good journalism and, we all hope, an inspiration for the mainstream press to do more.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: The National Security Adviser is supposed to be an arbiter of policy and open minded The National Security Adviser is supposed to be an arbiter of policy and open minded in internal debates. But the playing field was never balanced. It was always tilted toward Rumsfeld's position, which is obviously the same as Bush's.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: It's shades of Vietnam again, folks: body counts. It's shades of Vietnam again, folks: body counts.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: I have a theory in life that there is no learning. There is no learning I have a theory in life that there is no learning. There is no learning curve. Everything is tabula rasa. Everybody has to discover things for themselves.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: In Vietnam, our soldiers came back and they were reviled as baby killers, in shame In Vietnam, our soldiers came back and they were reviled as baby killers, in shame and humiliation. It isn't happening now, but I will tell you, there has never been an American army as violent and murderous as our army has been in Iraq.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: I'm a better American than 99% of the guys in the White House. I'm a better American than 99% of the guys in the White House.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: If Bush had gone into Iraq for cynical reasons, we could cut our losses now. If Bush had gone into Iraq for cynical reasons, we could cut our losses now. What's frightening is that he did it for ideological reasons, and therefore he's not going to get out. So it isn't ultimately about oil or about Israel, it's about a belief.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: Essentially Rumsfeld wins, Cheney wins, and the CIA and State Department lose. Bush, Cheney, and Essentially Rumsfeld wins, Cheney wins, and the CIA and State Department lose. Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld have more centralized control over intelligence, analysis, and operations than ever before. And the way they interpret the law, if the President authorizes an intelligence mission to be run covertly by the Pentagon, they don't have to tell anybody, including Congress, about it because the President is the commander in chief.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: We have this wonderful capacity in America to Hitlerize people. We had Hitler, and since We have this wonderful capacity in America to Hitlerize people. We had Hitler, and since Hitler we've had about 20 of them. Khrushchev and Mao and of course Stalin, and for a little while Gadhafi was our Hitler.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: The funny thing is, this is what everyone assumes, that anybody who talks has an The funny thing is, this is what everyone assumes, that anybody who talks has an axe to grind. I've been around a long time, and yes, there obviously are people who disagree with policy who talk to me, but it's less axes to grind than people who are really motivated. One of the terrible things about this Administration is that nobody wants to hear bad news.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: And then, of course, Bush won reelection, with everything out there, all of our complaints, And then, of course, Bush won reelection, with everything out there, all of our complaints, all of the issues, all of the troubles with Iraq. So where are we? Bush certainly sees himself as having been given an endorsement. He was asked about accountability in an interview, about why Rumsfeld, Rice, and Wolfowitz have been promoted, these people who led us into the debacle in Iraq. Bush said there was accountability - it was the election. So there we are.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: I'm worried about people who say Bush is lying. It's much more frightening that he's I'm worried about people who say Bush is lying. It's much more frightening that he's not lying, that he believes what he believes: that it's his mission to change the Middle East into a democracy. That's more unnerving.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: It doesn't matter that Bush scares the hell out of me. What matters is that It doesn't matter that Bush scares the hell out of me. What matters is that he scares the hell out of a lot of very important people in Washington who can't speak out, in the military, in the intelligence community.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: Few knew in 2000 that Bush was going to end up with neoconservatives all over Few knew in 2000 that Bush was going to end up with neoconservatives all over the place. And once 9/11 happened, I think it's fair to say that eight or nine neocons have had an enormous influence. The whole solution to every problem was to go after Iraq. This had been a neoconservative mantra for ten years. There was no secret about it.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: Journalism is a great profession. It's complicated now. People talk about the demise of investigative Journalism is a great profession. It's complicated now. People talk about the demise of investigative reporting. I was a judge in some award contest recently, and the stuff that is being done by major newspapers, and local, regional papers around the country, is great. Newspapers play an amazing role in our society, and I still think they are important. I'm sorry newspaper circulation is down. Ultimately, the importance of newspapers can't be replaced.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: Similarly, the press never tested many of the assumptions about WMDs. One of the great Similarly, the press never tested many of the assumptions about WMDs. One of the great myths about the WMD issue is that everybody believed Iraq had them. Well, that's not true. There were a number of people in the intelligence community and the State Department who were skeptical, and many analysts in the Department of Energy were dubious about Iraq's nuclear capability. There were also people like Scott Ritter who were saying quite accurately what was going on.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: Grab whom you must. Do what you want. Grab whom you must. Do what you want.
Seymour Hersh Sayings: The neoconservatives are a small circle, and they're all sort of holding hands as they The neoconservatives are a small circle, and they're all sort of holding hands as they develop their policy, and outsiders aren't allowed. If you agree with the guys on the inside, you're a genius. If you disagree, you're a traitor, a pariah, you're an apostate, and you're not allowed in.