Now, the chaser — writing at Vox, Max Fisher dissects Seymour Hersh’s blockbuster report on the killing of bin Laden:
Why, for example, would the Pakistanis insist on a fake raid that
would humiliate their country and the very military and
intelligence leaders who supposedly instigated it?
A simpler question: why would Pakistan bother with the
ostentatious fake raid at all, when anyone can imagine a dozen
simpler, lower-risk, lower-cost ways to do this?
Why not just kill bin Laden, drive his body across the border into
Afghanistan, and drop him off with the Americans? Or why not put
him in a hut somewhere in Waziristan, blow it up with an F-16,
pretend it was a US drone strike, and tell the Americans to go
collect the body? (Indeed, when I first heard about Hersh’s bin
Laden story a few years ago from a New Yorker editor — the
magazine, the editor said, had rejected it repeatedly, to the
point of creating bad blood between Hersh and editor-in-chief
David Remnick — this was the version Hersh was said to favor.)
My first concern when I started reading Hersh’s story was why wasn’t it published by The New Yorker? That doesn’t mean it’s wrong, but clearly it wasn’t up to their standards.