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Thursday, January 27, 2005

The script is getting weirder

Must read speech by Seymour Hersh here.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist gave this recent presentation re: the "war" in Iraq at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue in New York.

My favorite excerpt:
There's a lot of anxiety inside the -- you know, our professional military and our intelligence people. Many of them respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as much as anybody here, and individual freedom. So, they do -- there's a tremendous sense of fear. These are punitive people. One of the ways -- one of the things that you could say is, the amazing thing is we have been taken over basically by a CULT, eight or nine neo-conservatives have somehow grabbed the government. Just how and why and how they did it so efficiently, will have to wait for much later historians and better documentation than we have now, but they managed to overcome the bureaucracy and the Congress, and the press, with the greatest of ease.

And then this:
I think there's a way out of it, maybe. I can tell you one thing. Let's all forget this word “insurgency”. It's one of the most misleading words of all. Insurgency assumes that we had gone to Iraq and won the war and a group of disgruntled people began to operate against us and we then had to do counter-action against them. That would be an insurgency.

We are fighting the people we started the war against. We are fighting the Ba'athists plus nationalists. We are fighting the very people that started -- they only choose to fight in different time spans than we want them to, in different places.

We took Baghdad easily. It wasn't because be won. We took Baghdad because they pulled back and let us take it and decided to fight a war that had been pre-planned that they're very actively fighting. The frightening thing about it is, we have no intelligence. Maybe it's -- it's -- it is frightening, we have no intelligence about what they're doing. A year-and-a-half ago, we're up against two and three-man teams. We estimated the cells operating against us were two and three people, that we could not penetrate. As of now, we still don't know what's coming next. There are 10, 15-man groups. They have terrific communications.
Think about that for a second. Just think about the possibilty...that many of the Iraqi "insurgents" are former members of Saddam's army.



An Iraqi SOLDIER stares into a radar screen as his superior OFFICER paces frantically in the background. The officer is smoking a Marlboro Red. An alarm sounds. The soldier removes his headset and turns to his boss.

SOLDIER - The American pig-dogs have left Kuwait

The officer extinguishes his cigarette.

OFFICER - Get me the Imperial Palace.

The soldier presses a large red button on the right side of the radar screen.


A number of highly decorated Iraqi MILITARY OFFICIALS are gathered together in this elaborate "war" room. Most of the men are standing in front of a massive map of the Middle East (which takes up an entire wall of the room). Suddenly, a large red phone begins to ring. All eyes focus on the four-star GENERAL who sits next to the "hot-line." The general picks up, nods and turns to his colleagues.

GENERAL - It has begun.

The general snaps his fingers...and the rest of the officials spring to action.



Hundreds and hundreds of Iraqi soldiers file into a giant miltary barrack on the outskirts of Baghdad. The men are members of Hussein's elite IMPERIAL GUARD. The men ready themselves for shedding their miltary garb. A number of soldiers pass out traditional Iraqi clothing to the men...who don their new outfits with speed and efficiency. A young soldier burns the miltary the Imperial Guard members trade in their assault rifles for grenades and small arms.


The soldiers file out of the barrack and split up into teams of two and three. Many of the men drive away from the base in Fiat sedans and beat up Hyundais.



The camera pans across the ornate library of the Imperial Palace. Then room is filled with books, expensive art and large pictures of SADDAM HUSSEIN. UDAY HUSSEIN is speaking into a cell phone. He closes the phone and turns to his father...who is staring out of a large picture window that overlooks the city of Baghdad. Saddam is holding a Bengal tiger cub in his left arm.

UDAY - Father, 'Operation Iraqi Get Even' is...a reality.

Saddam grunts and turns to Uday.

SADDAM - Remember this, my son. Rasta say, "He who runs from fight today...lives to fight another day."

UDAY - This is so.


SADDAM - Yes. This is so.

The two men begin to laugh demonically. The tiger cub lets out a small roar and we...



PRESIDENT BUSH is sitting on a large leather couch in the Oval Office. DICK CHENEY and DONALD RUMSFELD are seated at the President's desk. The men are drinking maritnis.

PRESIDENT BUSH - You guys are sure about this, right?

DONALD RUMSFELD - Trust me. We're gonna be greated as liberators.

DICK CHENEY - Hey. Have we ever steered you wrong?

The men begin laughing and we...


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