This I Believe

Gary - Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
Entered on March 14, 2007

Published on Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Letters to the Fayetteville Observer

Broadcasting Live From the Bunker

Public radio now officially frightens me. Conspiracy theorists, alternative news junkies and people who willingly select the strange music only available on the AM dial still don’t make me nervous, but on one recent night Seymour Hersh scared at least one audience member between station identification breaks on UNC’s “Go Tar Heels” airwaves.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning brainiac with a publishing past independent thinkers like yours truly only dream of, Hersh, The New Yorker magazine’s controversial cerebralist, is stoking the flames of international debate. The pseudo-stars of CNN, FOX and MSNBC only wish upon such relevance. In an age when Google is making the once universally respected, globally perceptive newspaper reporter an endangered species, here is a guy who still tells it like Cronkite might have, once upon a very different time.

Breaking news: The United States might soon attack Iran, citing Hitler’s malignant and adventurous evil spirit, circa 1938.

(Cue the Strauss soundtrack)

Hersh informs us Vice President Dick Cheney believes the next attack on U.S. soil could mushroom out from a suitcase bearing “Made in Tehran” designer labels.

(Cue the dancing virgins who reveal nothing)

Not terrified yet? Here’s the kicker: If the American maritime juggernaut can marshal and kick butt against the Ayatollah’s jihadists before Bush’s successor’s 2008 Election Day, the neocon’s heir presumptive (whoever he or she might be) would be able to point at a map of current combat campaign theaters and say, “Two out of three ain’t bad.”

Gary Villani