NEW YORKER -- Seymour Hersh lays down the case of America run by a cult. It's a familiar argument for anyone schooled in McCarthyism or the last great battle against the evil empire. America will spend billions of dollars in a campaign costing thousands of lives before installing a new regime in the executive office who understands the perils of the present course. As a former military officer responsible for planning and executing strategic airlift in support of national objectives, I am troubled by the insular regime Rumsfeld and Bush have constructed. It is not serving the greater good. And although it is not sustainable, before it dissolves, it will damage US interests by rolling back precepts of foreign policy and disemboweling strategic intelligence assets. I don't think any national figure in America has the courage or the faculties to confront this issue head-on.