Seymour Hersh’s bizarre new conspiracy theory about the US and Syria, explained

The investigative journalist says Pentagon leaders conducted a secret alliance with Assad and Putin to undermine Obama.

 by Max Fisher
Seymour Hersh speaking in 2005. Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post via Getty

Seymour Hersh, an investigative journalist famous for uncovering the 1968 My Lai massacre and the mid-2000s Abu Ghraib scandal, says there’s another scandal afoot, and it’s bigger than anything he’s previously reported. Perhaps even bigger than his story from this May alleging that the US staged its mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

In a lengthy London Review of Books piece, Hersh says that the top leaders of the Pentagon deliberately subverted American policy toward Syria, sabotaging US efforts to aid Syrian rebels and even sending US intelligence to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. From fall 2013 to September 2015, he says, US military leaders effectively conducted a secret alliance with Assad and with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they saw as their best allies in fighting ISIS.

It is a fantastic and stunning claim. And Hersh, rather than condemning this all as what would appear to be the highest act of treason in modern American history, rather seems to portray it as necessary and appropriate. But, much as with Hersh’s now-notorious bin Laden story, it is backed up with no evidence beyond the word of one anonymous “former senior adviser” to the Joint Chiefs.

What follows is a simple guide to Hersh’s theory: what he says happened, what the article states, and how it squares with what we know.

I will be transparent with you: As with Hersh’s other recent stories, I came away deeply skeptical about his claims, particularly given what appears to be a fatal flaw in the story’s central theory. I have explained my skepticism below, but I would urge you to judge for yourself.

What happened, according to Hersh:

  • The Joint Chiefs of Staff, America’s senior-most military leaders, in summer 2013 discovered that Turkey had “co-opted” the CIA’s rebel-arming program, redirecting the US aid to extremists including Jabhat al-Nusra (an al-Qaeda branch) and ISIS.
  • The Joint Chiefs also discovered that viable moderate Syrian rebels did not exist and that the opposition consisted nearly uniformly of extremists.
  • The Joint Chiefs decided in the fall of 2013 to begin secretly “providing US intelligence to the militaries of other nations, on the understanding that it would be passed on to the Syrian army.” They sent US intelligence to Germany, Russia, and Israel, which sent it to Assad.
  • The goal of their secret alliance with Assad was to subvert Obama’s Syria efforts, prop up Assad, and aid him in destroying ISIS and other extremists.
  • In return, the Joint Chiefs asked that Assad 1) “restrain” Hezbollah from attacking Israel; 2) renew negotiations with Israel over the Golan Heights, a territory that Israel had seized from Syria decades earlier; 3) agree to accept any Russian assistance; and 4) hold elections after the war ended.
  • In summer 2013 the Joint Chiefs tricked the CIA into shipping obsolete weapons to Syrian rebels. Hersh says this was intended as a show of good faith to Assad, to convince him to accept their offer.
  • The secret Joint Chiefs alliance with Putin and Assad, we are told, ended this September when its chief architect, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey, retired.

10 Responses to “Seymour Hersh’s bizarre new conspiracy theory about the US and Syria, explained”

  1. Gordon Logan says:

    The Commander of Centcom Admiral Fallon refused to prepare an attack on Iran in 2007. So Generals are not complete idiots. They know that psychopathic policies are handed down by Jews like Jacob Rothschild, George Soros and Henry Kissinger to be implemented by blackmailed puppets like Cameron and Obama. Kissinger famously said that ‘Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.’ Yes and no. The military in Washington and Moscow need to get together to liquidate the Jewish problem before it kills us all.

  2. Gordon Logan says:

    By the way, the pejorative expression ‘conspiracy theory/theorists’ was coined by the CIA (google document 1035-960) to suppress public discussion of sensitive issues. The use of the term is indicative of serious cognitive damage.

  3. Nollidge says:

    “They sent US intelligence to Germany, Russia, and Israel, which sent it to Assad”.
    To ISRAEL?. But it’s Israel that wants Assad destroyed to make way for their “Eretz Israel” (Greater Israel) project.!
    Soros is funding the `refugees’ (invaders) in part to de-populate the Arabic Middle East & to destroy White Christian Europe.
    Jews have always hated Christians & White people & have done everything they could to destroy both.Who do you think was/is behind the massive non-White & non-Christian immigration into European countries since the end of WW 2 ?.

  4. salty says:

    “it is backed up with no evidence beyond the word of one anonymous “former senior adviser” to the Joint Chiefs”

    One anonymous man in the Land of Fake makes this claim.

  5. Tapestry says:

    It does seem likely that the Pentagon noticed the CIA-Mossad connection during 911 when they blew up the accounting section of their building with a missile and then pretended it was hit by an airliner.

  6. Lynn says:

    If we can work it out, then I’m pretty sure the news is all over the net and social media now…the king pins or Godfathers are surley on their way out.

  7. Tom74 says:

    I don’t see what’s bizarre about it. It’s seemed likely there was some kind of alliance with Putin and Assad for some time.

  8. Gordon Logan says:

    I find Hersh’s story quite convincing. But should he have published it? Our lives depend on US officers who are willing to defy the madmen who have seized control of the West. Let them work quietly in the shadows. And don’t forget the commander of the US Navy’s Strategic Communications Wing, Capt. Heather Cole, who has not been heard of since the middle of March. It seems that she had refused to transmit the Trident D5 launch codes to the submarines.

  9. Lynn says:

    What a dirty lot they are….Gordon, we see this Satanic Cult taking our very existence to depraved levels, who are the good guys? Only the filth on the payroll seem to get oxygen, this guy is no different. Physically we are out manoeuvred. Spiritually we have a chance of winning. They really are low vibrational scum. They are living off the fear they are producing. Well Merry Christmas everyone…they will never scare all of us..! My energy is up beat and I say a little prayer for you.

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