White House: Hersh Report on Syria Deception ‘Simply False’

Offers No Specific Refutations of Report

Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh has a long history of reporting unseemly things the US government has done, and an equally long history of
them denying it.

Today continued the 40+ year trend, with Hersh’s weekend article detailing the president’s deliberate deceptions about Syria’s chemical weapons, a failed attempt to lie America into war. Not to be outdone, the White House was quick to say that it was “simply false.”

Officials made no attempt to actually refute any of the specifics in Hersh’s article, which offers not only strong evidence that the administration should have known better than to stick to the chemical attack narrative, but also cites a number of intelligence and military officials who argue that they did know better and just pretended to be convinced because there was a war to sell.

Addressing none of this, Director of National Intelligence spokesman Shawn Turner insisted that the administration continues to stand behind its allegations against the Assad government, and believes there is “no other” possibility. despite Hersh clearly laying out one early in the article.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.