"We've been taken over by a cult."
Seymour Hersh

How did we get into this endless war in the Middle East? After all, Saddam had no connection to the 9/11 hijackers, had no "weapons of mass destruction," and was no threat to us – so why are we in Iraq? In a talk given late last year, Hersh said:

"Eight or nine neoconservatives have somehow grabbed the government. Just how and why and how they did it so efficiently, will have to wait for much later historians and better documentation than we have now, but they managed to overcome the bureaucracy and the Congress, and the press, with the greatest of ease."

If you look at the tape of Hersh's talk (click on the video program for July 7 and scroll forward), you hear the slightly bewildered, incredulous tone – as if he can't quite believe that "eight or nine neoconservatives" really did manage to pull off the most audacious coup d'etat in history.

How did they do it – and, by the way, who are these neoconservatives, anyway?

If you've been reading for the past couple of years, you know the answers to these questions. We've been following this story since our inception in 1995 – and our regular readers know how the vanguard of the War Party seized the ship of state and steered a course straight for Iraq in the wake of the worst terrorist attack in American history. is the one indispensable tool for people who want to keep informed about what America is up to abroad: it's all here, every day, updated by the hour, and up-to-the-minute. Your tax-deductible contributions keep us going: we aren't tied to the apron strings of any big donors, either corporate interests or philanthropists with an agenda. Our agenda is digging out the truth about American foreign policy without fear or favor – and we're accountable to you. That's because your contributions make it possible.

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