More details keep coming in about the Robert Scheer column in The Nation that accuses the Bush administration of giving $43 million to the Taliban. I knew on Monday that Scheer had made an error of fact in stating that the U.S. gave $43 million to the Taliban in drug aid. Anyway, it turns out that Scheer was completely and totally off base. Brian Carnell of sent me an email with a pointer to his essay that dissects Scheer’s column, and also to a CNN story that describes the nature of the aid and how it will be distributed (by the UN). Bad Robert Scheer, bad. Anyway, this still doesn’t clear up the increasingly cloudy issue of whether we are giving drug war dollars to the Taliban, but that doesn’t change the fact that Scheer’s column was fiction.