Military to Military: Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war
Seymour M Hersh
London Review of Books
The investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports on the confusions and disagreements within the US over its policy in Syria. He also discusses the implications of the long-standing exchange of information between US and Russian military in the Middle East.
Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administration’s fixation on Assad’s primary ally, Vladimir Putin. In their view, Obama is captive to Cold War thinking about Russia and China, and hasn’t adjusted his stance on Syria to the fact both countries share Washington’s anxiety about the spread of terrorism in and beyond Syria; like Washington, they believe that Islamic State must be stopped. Read more