posted on Apr, 29 2006 @ 03:40 PM
This was discussed here a couple of years ago
The original source was at the Los Angeles Times, but it's still up at Robert Scheer's web site
In essence, in April 2001 the Bush administration gave a check for $43 million to the Taliban, apparently as a "thank you" for allegedly slowing
down their opium traffic. I remember when it happened because, at the time, I was following the wacky adventures of the Taliban in the news, amazed
and revolted by each news story detailing their ruthless barbarism and sheer bloody-mindedness. When I read about this little gift, I was gobsmacked
by the sickening lunacy of our Duly Appointed Authorities.
All that being water under the bridge at this point, I still wonder from time to time why this little piece of Bush history goes seemingly forgotten
by the Fourth Estate. It was indefensible at the time, even as realpolitik. As it was only five months before the terrorist attacks of 9/11, it's
even more unforgivable now, in our permanently at-war world. Yet I don't recall any of the Sabbath Gasbags bringing it up on their morning shows; I
don't recall John Kerry mentioning it in his campaign for the presidency; I don't recall any liberal or Democrat or otherwise anti-Bush pundits
throwing it in the face of their opposing counterparts. If Al Gore were president at the time, I could not imagine the Republicans letting this go
for even one day. (I prefer to think that this wouldn't have happened under a Gore presidency anyhow.)
I don't know if this constitutes a political conspiracy, unless it's a conspiracy of idiots. It does seem to be as a rather bizarre case of
national amnesia, and I just cannot figure why.
For anybody involved in an argument with a Bush supporter, this is a nice piece of
Do any of y'all have any insights as to the vast silence on this subject? Or am I just overreacting on a continuing basis?