THE SPINE NOVEMBER 24, 2007
I met Seymour Hersh early in the early winter of 1968 when he was press secretary to Eugene McCarthy in the first primary state of New Hampshire. There wasn't time to get to know him since in a matter of weeks he quit with a shabby attack on Gene for not being serious about civil rights. This was hum-bug which turned out, save for his important story about My-Lai, to be Hersh's specialty in the rest of his career.
In any case, Hersh visited Jon Wiener, an old friend and former Harvard colleague, at the University of California, Irvine and came to his history class to speak. Now, Jon used to teach courses on substantial intellectual matters in which you couldn't possibly imagine Hersh speaking or, for that matter, really understanding. But, since Jon focussed on J. Edgar Hoover's obsessive relationship with John Lennon, anything goes...or comes. Including Sy Hersh.From Wiener's blog post on the Nation web-site, one guages that anything goes in Wiener's current classroom, including Hersh's meandering bullshit. Barack Obama is "the only hope for the U.S. in the Muslim world." Or Obama "could lead a reconciliation between the Muslim countries and the U.S." In his fatuous way, Hersh dismisses any seriousness in the conflict between the Muslim orbit and the West. After all, it is not just a fantasy of the vice president.Hersh's enthusiasm for Obama is not good news for the senator from Illinois. Hersh's writing may titillate readers. But they do not take his words as wisdom. So my friend Barack has the enthusiasm of both Zbig and Sy. What a pair, unified only in their disdain for Israel, the old Pole and the late middle-aged Jew.