Originally Posted by the shah
Ok, so I went back and re-read the NYT piece you linked, along with Hersh's original piece. And a few other sources.
Hersh's reputation and accolades are probably well-deserved, but in more recent times his theories have been bordering the absurd.
From the NYT article you linked, regarding a fellow who went to Pakistan to investigate the potential cooperation of their military in the operation:
So what does Hersh have to say ? Well it starts with this apparent all-knowing retired senior intelligence official who was knowledgeable about the initial intelligence about bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad and also was privy to many aspects of the Seals’ training for the raid, and to the various after-action reports. Every single statement regarding any event that took place is preceded or proceeded with, "said the retired general." The only named source is a Pakistani guy that retired 2 decades ago.
Afridi, the doctor that was supposedly thrown under the bus according to this anonymous source, is still in jail and US funds to Pakistan have been withheld and the threat to do so further continues pending his release. So the US forced his arrest and now holds money back until he's released ?
The bit about the burial service is strange. The imam is just the one who leads the prayer. There are even specific cases when the corpse is not available and so the prayer can be done in absentia (of the deceased).
There's another NYT piece that agrees with some of Hersh's propositions, but justifies them with assertions that amount to, "trust me i know," never mind acknowledging that the claim of ISI knowledge cannot even be justified but that they simply "sound true."
So while it is certainly within the realm of possibility that the continually-amended versions that have been released from the administration contain at the very least many inaccuracies, Hersh's rendering effectively amounts to all the people who've written about this lying in some grand conspiracy held together by the glue of Obama's future legacy. Put another way, Hersh says that, "The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll," and his story might have been written by Edgar Allan Poe, quoth the retired official