The War in Iraq: Bush’s Democracy and the Real Thing
November 30, 2005. Stafford Little Lecture
In the news most recently for his reporting on abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Seymour Hersh is one of America’s most highly acclaimed and controversial investigative journalists. His book Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib, began with a series of New Yorker articles describing the torture of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military police. Tracing the interrogation tactics to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s decision to extend to Iraqi prisons a top-secret Pentagon policy that targeted suspected terrorists, Hersh claimed that the abuses were a consequence of the administration’s desperate attempt to deal with the Iraqi insurgency. Seymour Hersh first came to national and international attention in 1969 when he reported on the court-martial of Lt. William Calley, the commanding officer in the MyLai Massacre in South Vietnam. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for that story, Hersh has for many decades reported on abuses of power at the highest levels of government. In addition to the Pulitzer, he has won four George Polk Awards and numerous prizes for his books, which include The Dark Side of Camelot, The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House, and The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy.