March 31st, 2009

Chris Keeley

William Polk on Afghanistan

William Polk on Afghanistan

By Katrina vanden Heuvel
March 27, 2009

Dr. William Polk
Dr. William Polk
Published by The Nation.

With reports that the Obama Administration will unveil its Afghanistan strategy as early as Friday--and one senior Senate staffer telling me that Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, will hold a Senators-only briefing on Afghanistan/Pakistan today--it was good timing that yesterday the Congressional Progressive Caucus kicked-off its six-part forum, Afghanistan: A Road Map for Progress.

In his opening remarks, Caucus Co-Chair Raul Grijalva described the significance of this forum: "We felt that it's very important for staff, community organizations, and Members of Congress to begin to have this vital discussion onAfghanistan and Western Pakistan and the policy direction in which we're moving… One of the best ways [to do this] is to listen and allow ourselves to get information from very learned individuals…." 

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Chris Keeley

executive assassination ring

 
Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh created a stir earlier this month when he said the Bush administration ran an “executive assassination ring” that reported directly to Vice President Dick Cheney. “Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving,” Hersh said. Seymour Hersh join us to explain.
 

Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh created a stir last month when he said the Bush administration ran an executive assassination ring that reported directly to Vice President Dick Cheney. Hersh made the comment during a speech at the University of Minnesota on March 10th. “Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving,” Hersh said.

Yesterday, CNN interviewed Dick Cheney’s former national security adviser, John Hannah. Wolf Blitzer asked Hannah about Hersh’s claim.

Seymour Hersh joins me, here in Washington DC. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and his latest article appears in the current issue. It’s called “Syria Calling–The Obama Administration’s chance to engage in a Middle East peace.”

Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist for the New Yorker. His latest article is titled, “Syria Calling.”

"Syria Calling" (The New Yorker)