Stefan Sharkansky- Contributor
and Software Consultant. A former San Francisican now relocated
to Seattle. Mr. Sharkansky keeps
a watchful eye on Robert Scheer and Nancy Pelosi. He has created
a very useful tool for dissecting Robert (former Black Panther
and apologist for North Korea and Cuba) Scheer – it’s
called the Canard-o-Matic and is very useful in understanding
the dark mind of this Los Angeles Times
28 Missing Pages
Canards played out on Bush and the House of Saud
7/30/03 (Editor's Note: Stefan Sharkansky
provides a valuable ongoing service deconstructing LA Times "columnist"
This is not
an April Fool's joke, but I think this week's Robert
Scheer column contains a shred of sense.
In the last
week we've moved from the 16 deceitful words in George W. Bush's
of the Union speech to the 28 White House-censored
pages in the congressional report that dealt with Saudi Arabia's
role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the United States.
on to criticize the administration's apparent coziness with
the House of Saud and its apparent unwillingness to disclose
the full extent of the Saudi connection to the 9/11 attacks.
But don't look to Scheer to produce more than a single shred
of sense. The column is loaded with the usual helpings of
in its sanitized version, the bipartisan report, long delayed
by an embarrassed White House, makes clear
U.S. should have focused on Saudi Arabia, and not Iraq,
in the aftermath
of Sept. 11.
the choice be between going after Iraq OR Saudi Arabia, but
not both? As far as I can tell, Robert
has never advocated
that we should impose regime change on Saudi Arabia,
as many others have advocated. And if the Bush administration
did use military force against the Saudi terror kings,
you know that
Robert Scheer would oppose the war for the same
bogus reasons he opposed the liberation of Iraq.
As we know,
but our government tends to ignore, 15 of the 19 hijackers
Saudi Arabia; none came from
reason we know where the hijackers came from is because our
government told us where the hijackers
finds no such connections between Iraq and Al Qaeda terrorists.
It is now quite clear that
president -- unwilling
to deal with the ties between Saudi Arabia and
Laden -- pursued Hussein as a politically convenient
the old "Saddam not
so bad" Canard
is it really
likely that career-conscious FBI and CIA officers would be
willing to criticize
Saud links when the president's father is out
hustling business ties with the same family?
intelligence officers are spiking information about Al Qaeda-House
of Saud links
for any reason
it would be a
scandal, let alone for the reason that Scheer
mentions. But does he
have any ounce of evidence that this is happening,
or is it only his
own wishful fantasy?
used Sept. 11 as an excuse to turn this country upside down,
that the world is upside-down is a common side-effect of walking
hash of civil liberties
has the CIA been censoring his columns and ripping out his
our federal government with unprecedented deficit spending
on war and
estimate of the cost of the war through next year is $100
is not an "unprecedented" cost,
it is a much lower cost than many
of the other wars in our history
we do any more irrevocable damage in the name of an open-ended "war
against evil," we have a right and a responsibility
to confront the uncensored truth of what happened
that black day — no matter what powerful
people are brought to account.
a point there. I've always said that
the "war against terrorism" should
more correctly be named the "war against Arab
and Islamic fascism" and
that we should work for regime change not only
in Iraq, but also in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran
and elsewhere. But Robert Scheer will always demonize
and he will always sympathize with our real enemies,
no matter who they are or what we call them.