For 70 Years, the New York Times Has Heralded Saudi Leaders As “Reformers”

Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University Abdullah Al-Arian has written an epic tweetstorm showing that the “paper of record” has long pretended that the leaders of our close “friends” (cough … radical head-choppers) the Saudis are on the verge of becoming “moderate”:

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  • Tom

    AAA – This assembly is just GREAT!
    A bit of accountability for the insepid collections of Quislings working under the banner of the NYT, led by the “cunning” serial liar, Thomas F.

    Thanks so.

  • sveltesvengali

    One of The New York Times’ favorite pastimes is quite evidently soft-pedaling the policies and deeds of autocratic foreign governments that find themselves allies-of-convenience with the United States, be it by hook or by crook, and by commission (as here) or by omission (as in this case):

    Of course, I would not necessarily count on even Saudi Arabia receiving this treatment indefinitely (see here: ), as tends to happen with any number of perceived pivotal states that grow too unpliable for the present global hegemon’s liking (for example, see here:, and here: ):

  • cettel

    This article is a masterpiece.

    • kimyo

      your writings on saudi arabia lead me to believe that you either don’t comprehend what’s going on there or are being duplicitous.

      these are the questions you should be posing:
      if they really have 266 billion barrels of oil, why on earth would they be planning to build 16 nuclear power plants?

      can they operate their country without drinking water?

      how will the u.s. be affected by the revelation that saudi arabia has run out of profitable oil?

      it’s over for saudi arabia. (sidenote: your repeated efforts to dissuade the public from seeking the truth (‘nothing to see here, 9/11 was a saudi operation’) darkly echo the fbi’s ‘nothing to see here, the (unfortunately deceased) lee harvey oswald was the sole gunman’.)

      before you pen your next mega-screed on saudi arabia, you need to read ‘twilight in the desert’ (while you’re there, note the complete and total clarity of each and every sentence. i wonder if you will give simmons the admiration he deserves. it is my insane hope that you will ask ‘it this worthy of simmons?’ each time before you press ‘publish’.)

      Saudi Arabia plans to build 16 nuclear reactors by 2030

      Saudi groundwater “will run out in 13 years”

      The Kingdom’s groundwater accounts for 98% of its total water sources

      Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves: how big are they really?

      The kingdom has proven reserves of 266 billion barrels according to government estimates.

      Twilight in the Desert

      In 2005, Matt Simmons wrote a book called Twilight in the Desert. In it, he summarized what he learned about Saudi Arabian oil production by reading 200 academic papers. He concluded from his analysis that the oil extraction techniques being used there were techniques that one might use if the fields were quite depleted. Because of this, he doubted that we should believe stories that Saudi oil production can be greatly expanded. Instead, he raised the possibility that in the not too distant future, Saudi oil production will suddenly decline.

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  • Black Swan

    ” The business of the NY Journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to villify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his race and his country for his daily bread. You know this and I know it, and what folly is this to be toasting an Independant Press. We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes. John Swinton; New Yoek Times