Nobody remembers Michael Sheuer

If you're a news or politics junkie, you might have heard rumbles about this CIA guy Michael Sheuer who was on Glenn Beck last night and said, "The only chance we have as a country right now is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States -- because it's gonna take a grassroots, bottom-up pressure -- because these politicians prize their offices, prize the praise of the media, and the Europeans. It's an absurd situation again, only Osama can execute an attack which will force Americans to demand that their government protect them effectively, consistently and with as much violence as necessary."

I haven't watched the episode or dug into it much. Maybe in the full context of what he said before or after that, it doesn't sound like "only destroying the village can save it."

My point is not to add further apparently deserved raving on this point, only to point out that liberal sources like Jon Stewart and some others with short memories characterize Scheuer as a standard Fox-brand apologist for Conservatism. Nobody remembers that Scheuer made the rounds of some liberal shows when his book "Imperial Hubris" came out, published anonymously in 2004 but later revealed to be by Sheuer. He bashed Bush all up and down for foolish statements and policies, coming from an authoritative position.

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I guess it's like Pat Buchanan where you could take some of his "isolationist" statements and say "even a Conservative like Buchanan disagreed with the invasion of Iraq." But then you dig into everything else Buchanan says and see that he's completely out of touch with reality and humanity and you feel like you need a shower.


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