On tonight's Countdown, Keith Olbermann talks with Sy Hersh of The New Yorker Magazine about the intensifying sabre rattling from the Bush administration toward Iran. Hersh claims his sources are telling him that Bush is not only changing targets in Iran, but also the reasons for attacking. Hersh also asserts the intelligence community is very concerned about the threat of asymmetrical warfare in the aftermath of any sort of strategic strike within Iran, and that the Bush administration has been made aware of those concerns.
Keith touches on today's White House press briefing where Press Secretary Dana Perino smugly dismisses Hersch's latest claims, repeatedly stating the president's desire to pursue diplomatic options with Iran. You can see the full video of that presser below.
Q This weekend the New Yorker magazine came out with an article claiming that this summer the President, or at least the White House in general, asked the Joint Chiefs to redraw plans to attack Iran. Is that true?
MS. PERINO: Look, you know, I'm glad you brought it up. Every two months or so, Sy Hersh writes an article in The New Yorker magazine, and CNN provides him a forum in which to talk about his article and all the anonymous sources that are quoted in it. Read more of the transcript...
Note the non-denial denial, all questioning Hersh and not the content of his story. It's deja vu, all over again.