Burying the Real News on A-19

Sometimes, I don’™t know if editors simply don’™t understand the importance of particular stories, and that’™s why some of the important stuff gets buried, or if it’™s intentional. Today’™s Washington Post buries what is arguably the most important story of today on page A-19: in a middle eastern diplomatic snub of epic proportions, King [...]

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Sometimes, I don’™t know if editors simply don’™t understand the importance of particular stories, and that’™s why some of the important stuff gets buried, or if it’™s intentional. Today’™s Washington Post buries what is arguably the most important story of today on page A-19: in a middle eastern diplomatic snub of epic proportions, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will not receive Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to discuss common issues between the Saudis and Iraqis.

Unsaid in this diplomatic dustup is that Saudi Arabia has been using backchannels to finance the Sunni side of the insurgency in Iraq since, well, the war started. Abdullah also recently declared the U.S. invasion as ‘œillegal’.

So why isn’™t this story getting more play in the press? Is it too difficult for most ‘murkins to understand, or what? This is a big deal on a whole lot of levels. But to Joe Heartland, it’™s Saudis, Iraqis, Iranians, Shiites, Sunnis’¦hell, they’™re all just a bunch of dark skinned guys running around with turbans on their head anyway. (OK, so I’™ve gotta quit channeling Joe Heartland.)

In any case, watch this story as the summer progresses, and oil prices rise – remember – George Bush and the GOP have made us less safe. America is no longer viewed as an honest broker in the middle east. And we’™re going to be paying for this crap for years and years to come.

Sunday, April 29th, 2007 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq,Middle East

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