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."Now there are some dim bulbs in the military camp and always have been, but I think Hersh is going a little far there, and there were people pushing for the Iraq war who do not give a single shit about Jesus or puppies or rainbows. My own feeling is that the camp of cynical exploitation was enough to get that godforsaken - HA - war going. Mind you I am not Seymour Hersh and I know nobody and nothing and I have never been anywhere or broken a story and he has and so I will give the benefit of the doubt to him, hoping that he comes up with the goods even though, you know, woo woo. But look at Charles Lane's take on it:
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 see themselves as the protectors of the Christians. They're protecting them from the Muslims [as in] the 13th century. And this is their function."
What I find bizarre about Hersh's latest iteration is how blatantly it flies in the face of the tragic facts about Christianity in Iraq since the U.S. invasion. Specifically, and as reported just two days ago in the New York Times, Iraq's Christian population has plunged: by about half since March 2003.Yes, of course, the best anti-Hersh argument is that the Christian Cabal didn't manage to create a Christian paradise in Iraq. Because, of course, if there was a Christian Cabal, they would have succeeded.
Far from securing the Middle East for Christians, the U.S. has done little or nothing to stem or reverse the exodus, which is due in large part to harassment and violence by Muslim extremists.
Hersh says: "We're gonna change mosques into cathedrals. That's an attitude that pervades, I'm here to say, a large percentage of the Joint Special Operations Command."
You would have thought these covert warriors would have tried to keep some Christians around to attend mass in their newly converted houses of worship. But apparently their crusade has been a failure. Or maybe it's all just a part of the cover-up.