Bergen: ‘No Evidence’ Obama Lied About Bin Laden Raid, Hersh ‘Defies Common Sense’

‘I think he misfired on this’

"Seymour Hersh has had a distinguished career as an investigative journalist but I think he misfired with this one. A number of the claims he makes in this piece just defy common sense and the evidence that we know. For instance, he says because the U.S. and Pakistan, these were collaborating on the hunt for Bin Laden, and they all knew that he was in this compound in Abbottabad in Northern Pakistan, that there was no firefight.

The SEALs just walked in and shot Bin Laden. Well, I was in the compound and I saw evidence of considerable number of bullets that were exchanged. We know from two of the SEALs on the raid who publicly said that other people were killed that night, other shots were fired. We know from multiple U.S. officials that four other adults in the compound were killed. And that's just one example of where the reporting just doesn't make sense.

Another, Carol, is he says that Saudi Arabia was financing Bin Laden's stay in Abbottabad, which makes no sense at all. After all, Bin Laden's principle goal was to overthrow of the Saudi regime. They revoked his citizenship in 1994, he's their mortal enemy and the idea that somehow they'd be subsidizing his stay in the compound -- none of this really adds up.

Not to say that there might not be something in 10,000 word article that's true, but as far as I can tell, what's true isn't new and what's new isn't true."

 

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