Seymour M. Hersh has been writing about American politics and foreign policy for The New Yorker since 1971. His books include The Dark Side of Camelot; The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Award for biography in 1983; My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath; and Cover-Up, about the Army's secret investigation of My Lai 4, which first appeared in The New Yorker. He received the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1970 for his exclusive disclosure of the My Lai tragedy. His most recent book, Chain of Command, about the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, much of which was first published in The New Yorker, came out in September. Three of his New Yorker Annals of National Security articles won the National Magazine Award for public-interest journalism this year.
David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker.
This conversation is of interest only to see how someone as insightful as Hersh can adjust reality to a preconceived set of ideas. He takes everyone else to task for blindly believing in their ideas i.e. that democracy will solve the Middle East problem. While blindly ignoring any facts that support that position or support some other "solution". I find his "analysis" of the Iraq war as convincing as the far rights "analysis of evolution in each case they ignore the facts that disagree with their position and claim everyone who holds a different position just doesn?t understand.
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