As his new article, "The Redirection," was posted on web site of the New Yorker on Sun., Feb. 25, 2007, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh was interviewed about it on CNN by Wolf Blitzer.  --  Blitzer focused on the reasons for John Negroponte's resignation on Jan. 5, 2007, from the position of director of national intelligence, but Hersh steered the conversation toward the larger matter of the evasion of congressional scrutiny and the fact that as part of the "strategic shift" Hersh's article describes the Bush administration now certainly approves and probably actively supports extremist Sunni groups allied to al-Qaeda.  --  Hersh said:  "I understand this is very serious stuff, and my magazine understands this is very serious stuff, and we have really taken a lot of time with this story, and couched it as carefully as we could, and with all the caveats.  This is serious businesss."  --  Hersh did not say so in his article, but told Blitzer that his article evolved from leads Hersh pursued after interviewing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon (in early December 2006).  --  A number of viewers have posted the six-minute interview has been posted on YouTube.[1] ...



February 25, 2007