Once again Seymour Hersh has come with an unsubstantiated James Bondian tale of conspiracy, and The New Yorker provides him with a platform to disseminate these manufactured tales. This time Hersh presents us with the story that vice-president Cheney, all by himself, ran an executive assassination team. Wow. All that’s missing is Cheney sitting on a high platform caressing a cat while ordering, “Bring me Abdullah’s head.”
Like all good tales, this story has its basis on fact. The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), together with the CIA's Special Activities Division has been involved in black operations in the course of searching for al-Qaeda and other terrorists. However, Hersh has weaved a tale where Chaney was the sole master of these operations. This is absolutely false.
JSOC was formed in 1980, as a result of the failed rescue operation of the hostages in Iran and has operated under the U.S. Special Operations Command, which reports to the secretary of defense, the president, and is under congressional oversight.
If Cheney was involved in ordering the assassination of al-Qaeda operatives, he did so within the law and with the full knowledge of Congress. Therefore, I must conclude with a heartfelt “Thank you, Mr. Cheney.”
Thank you, Weekly Standard.