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Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh defends his claim that the Bush White House effectively signed off on Israel's planned offensive against Hezbollah earlier this summer--as a preparatory step for a potential attack on Iran Hersh: "It's time to decide whether we're a democracy or not This president is doing an awful lot of foreign policy without sharing it with the rest of us" .

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The Bush administration was "closely involved in the planning of Israel?s retaliatory attacks" on Hezbollah, the inestimable Seymour Hersh alleges in The New Yorker Furthermore, writes Hersh, Bush & Co saw the Israeli attacks "as a prelude to a potential American preemptive attack to destroy Iran?s nuclear installations" Administration officials have denied the charges Read the whole thing (more) .

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