Many attentive people believe that the reason the Bush administration will not bow to expert advice and public opinion and begin withdrawing US troops from Iraq is that the administration intends to rescue its unpopular position with false flag operations that can be used to expand the war to Iran.

This from Paul Craig Roberts, former member of the Reagan Administration. He sees a real danger that Bush and Cheney will stage a fake terror attack or let a real one happen as a pretext for declaring martial law and invading Iran.

Think about it. If another 9/11-type “security failure” were not in the works, why would Homeland Security czar Chertoff go to the trouble of convincing the Chicago Tribune that Americans have become complacent about terrorist threats and that he has “a gut feeling” that America will soon be hit hard?

Why would Republican warmonger Rick Santorum say on the Hugh Hewitt radio show that “between now and November, a lot of things are going to happen, and I believe that by this time next year, the American public’s (sic) going to have a very different view of this war.”

Hmm, why would they tip their hand by talking about it? We heard the same dire predictions about Nixon too, and they didn’t happen. Yes, George Bush is a dangerous loony. But he has no mojo left, and if they actually did something like that and were discovered, he would fall and the country would be in a near-revolution situation.

I also genuinely believe there are enough thinking people in high places, including the military, to block such a thing from happening. Seriously. It’s always been clear to me that the whole Watergate scandal that brought down Nixon was a deliberate and successful attempt by persons unknown to bring down a president. (You don’t really believe that silly nonsense about how Woodward and Bernstein met Deep Throat multiple times in a parking garage and the President of the United States didn’t have the wherewithal to have them followed?)

My real point is that if people get too scared, they won’t act, and concerted action is what we need. Let’s continue organizing to end the war and bring down Bush. Maybe you want to write letters to Congress urging impeachment. Do it. I’ll be in the streets of D.C. on September 15 for the March on Washington. These are not normal times, these are the time for doubling and re-doubling our efforts.

Very few thought Nixon would fall from power. They were wrong.

Tip. Intoxination


  1. Bob,

    We’ll have to meet up in Washington. I was at the last march back in March. It was incredible. I look forward to seeing you again.



  2. It’ll be great seeing you again! (Dave is another escapee from LA)

  3. There are plenty of thinking people in high places who disagree with the President. Even the Pentagon has said there is no military solution in Iraq, the U.S. must use diplomacy. His own generals, the ones executing the war he started, don’t believe in it!

    As to why Bush would want to continue a state of war and terror readiness (or the appearance of it), the answer is simple: his primary supporters are making boatloads of money. And if he eventually falls because of his manipulations, do you think he will really care? He’s out of a job at the end of next year anyway. Do you think those supporters for whom he made boatloads of money can’t find a cushy position for him?

    Here’s the part I don’t understand: there seem to be two positions in this country, those who believe the President is right, and those who think he’s hurting himself. Call me cynical, but I don’t believe either one is true.

    George W. Bush may not be the coldest beer in the fridge, but he’s a Yale graduate and a reasonably astute politician. He started this war because it served George W. Bush, and he’ll continue it as long as it serves George W. Bush. You’re looking at his popularity numbers and saying this is hurting him. I bet he’s got his eye on his bank account and the favors powerful people now owe him for, and thinking he’s set for life– which, in the absence of a serious criminal prosecution, he is. His political career is over anyway, there’s nowhere to go after President (unless his wife decides to run). His retirement is fine shape.

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