This is fascinating read. Sy Hersh apparently gave “a rambling, conspiracy-laden diatribe” instead of a serious speech on Bush’s and Obama’s foreign policies. Other than the stuff about the Neocons “overthrowing” the U.S. government, the best part might be when he turns his sights on the Catholics, specifically, the Knights of Malta who run our military. Dan Brown call your office:
He then alleged that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who headed JSOC before briefly becoming the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and his successor, Vice Adm. William McRaven, as well as many within JSOC, “are all members of, or at least supporters of, Knights of Malta.”
Hersh may have been referring to the Sovereign Order of Malta, a Roman Catholic organization commited to “defence of the Faith and assistance to the poor and the suffering,” according to its website.
“Many of them are members of Opus Dei,” Hersh continued. “They do see what they’re doing — and this is not an atypical attitude among some military — it’s a crusade, literally. They seem themselves as the protectors of the Christians. They’re protecting them from the Muslims [as in] the 13th century. And this is their function.”
“They have little insignias, these coins they pass among each other, which are crusader coins,” he continued. “They have insignia that reflect the whole notion that this is a culture war. … Right now, there’s a tremendous, tremendous amount of anti-Muslim feeling in the military community.””
Oh and here’s the depressing part. He gave this speech in Qatar. So you can be sure the Arab press will pick it up and take it seriously.