Seymour Hersh


Seymour Hersh, award winning investigative reporter for The New Yorker magazine., discusses his article “Iran and the Bomb: How real is the nuclear threat;” the lack of evidence for Iran’s interest in nuclear weapons after 2003, despite extensive satellite and covert surveillance (and even before then, the idea was to counter an Iraqi nuclear weapon, not threaten Israel or the US); how the 2011 NIE reinforces the 2007 assessment, and makes the harsh sanctions on Iran look even more indefensible; Obama’s acute isolation within the White House echo chamber; and some sane advice from retired ambassador Thomas Pickering: stop hectoring Iran about a non-existent nuclear weapons program and negotiate like grown-ups.

MP3 here. (28:55)

Seymour M. Hersh wrote his first piece for The New Yorker in 1971 and has been a regular contributor to the magazine since 1993. His journalism and publishing awards include a Pulitzer Prize, five George Polk Awards, two National Magazine Awards, and more than a dozen other prizes for investigative reporting. As a staff writer, Hersh won a National Magazine Award for Public Interest for his 2003 articles “Lunch with the Chairman,” “Selective Intelligence,” and “The Stovepipe.” In 2004, Hersh exposed the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in a series of pieces in the magazine; in 2005, he again received a National Magazine Award for Public Interest, an Overseas Press Club award, the National Press Foundation’s Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism award, and his fifth George Polk Award, making him that award’s most honored laureate.

34 thoughts on “Seymour Hersh”

  1. Excellent interview. Mr. Hersh is a goldmine when it comes to knowledge. He, Flynt Leverett and Hillary Leverett are by far the most informed on Iran.

    Great additions to the show.

  2. Godfather Obama has said several times that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Is he crazy ? What´s going on ?

  3. …always appreciate the intellectualism and honesty of Mr. Hersh's work…
    …main problem…the entire US Congress and the "other" two branches of government, are indeed,
    Israeli Occupied Territory…it's amazing how just about 2 % of the Jewish population in America,
    and their henchmen, AIPAC can have such a delerious influence on such a large country…
    …the American Jews, with their influence in mainstream media, Wall Street, the Fed…have indeed,
    screwed this country with their racist Zionism…but in the end, you have to blame the 98% of American citizens who continue to put up with this…

    1. The Religious Right is Israel's biggest supporter. When they finally give up hope in the Rapture, they will undoubtedly blame everyone else for their foolishness, and especially Jews.

  4. Iran doesn't have nuclear weapons, nor is that country a threat to anyone.
    The U.S. Government–which takes its orders straight from Israel–has to keep saying that, though.

  5. We already knew Iran doesn't have nuclear weapons, or a nuclear weapons program. Seymore Hersch may seem like a good source for information, but he is a gatekeeper like many other of the alternative media pundits like Noam Chomsky and Alexander Cockburn, etc. They are all excellent writers who sometimes reveal interesting information, but they all cover-up 911 truth, and say that those of us who don't agree with the official government version of 911are all 'idiots' (not exact word they use, but that is their implication). These people are too intelligent to believe the official version of 911, therefore they are all gatekeepers and TRAITORS. Eventually they will all get what's coming to them…

    1. Get real. Forget trying to prop the government up to god-like status (which is what it would have taken to pull off a 9/11 fraud) and start working with others to recognize the folly of government instead. You are counter-productive.

      1. Getting real means actually looking at the evidence. Start with WTC-7. It is the opposite of god-like. It didn't take a god to bomb the King David Hotel or the USS Liberty.

  6. Why doesn't Horton call Hersh on his Obama apologist crap? Sanctions, embargoes, isolationism and manipulation against Iran by Obama should have been put in Hersh's face, instead of saying "you're really just interested in the truth". I don't understand why Horton is kissing this guy's ass; he's a journalist who sounds more like a pundit in this interview than an objective non-partisan.

    1. You need to pay closer attention. Hersh didn't "apologize" for Obama's policies, he critisized them for being counter-productive and needlessly provocative.

  7. For whatever reason, Americans want a cosmic enemy, an Evil Empire, to fight at all times. It used to be the Soviet Union, now it's muslims. Probably in a few years it'll be China.

  8. Valerie Plame was recently on firedoglake, hosting a book salon. No one cared about book, it was all about her.

    Needless to say. she's a CIA shill. Continues to say that Iran has nuke ambitions, and when I challenged her, did not A the Qs.

  9. Point is NOT to lower oil prices, but to increase them. Oil corps make more profits that way & contribute more to U.S. pols.

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