My Wake-up Call: Watch For Another 9/11-WMD Experience

This is a wake-up call that we are about to experience
another 9/11-WMD experience. 

The wake-up call is unlikely to be effective, because
the American attitude toward government changed
fundamentally seventy-odd years ago. Prior to the 1930s,
Americans were suspicious of government, but with the
arrival of the Great Depression, Tojo, and Hitler,
President Franklin D. Roosevelt convinced Americans that
government existed to protect them from rapacious
private interests and foreign threats.  Today, Americans
are more likely to give the benefit of the doubt to
government than they are to family members, friends, and
those who would warn them about the government`s

Intelligent observers are puzzled that President Bush is
persisting in a futile and unpopular war at the obvious
expense of his party`s electoral chances in 2008.

In the July 18 Los Angeles Times (“Bush
the Albatross”
), Ronald Brownstein reminds us
that Bush`s behavior is disastrous for his political
party. Unpopular presidents “have consistently
undercut their party in the next election.”

Brownstein reports that “88% of voters who
disapproved of the retiring president`s job performance
voted against his party`s nominee in past elections. . .
.  On average, 80% of voters who disapproved of a
president`s performance have voted against his party`s
candidates even in House races since 1986.”

Brownstein notes that with Bush`s dismal approval
rating, this implies a total wipeout of the Republicans
in 2008.

A number of pundits have concluded that the reason the
Democrats have not brought a halt to Bush`s follies is
that they expect Bush`s unpopular policies to provide
them with a landslide victory next year.  

There is a problem with this reasoning. It assumes that

, and the Republicans are ignorant of these
facts or are content for the Republican Party to be
destroyed after Bush has his warmonger-police state
fling. After
me, the deluge.”

Isn`t it more likely that Cheney and Rove have in mind
events that will, once again, rally the people behind
President Bush and the Republican Party that is fighting
the “war on terror” that the Democrats “want
to lose”?

Such events could take a number of forms.  As even
diehard Republican Patrick J. Buchanan

observed on July 17,

three US aircraft carrier battle groups
in congested
waters off Iran, another Tonkin Gulf incident could
easily be engineered to set us at war with Iran.

If Bush`s intentions were merely to bomb a nuclear
reactor, he would not need three carrier strike forces.

Lately, the administration has switched to blaming Iran
for the war in Iraq.  The US Senate has already lined up
behind the latest lie with a 97-0 vote to condemn Iran.

Alternatively, false flag “terrorist” strikes
could be orchestrated in the US.  The Bush
administration has already infiltrated some dissident
groups and encouraged them to participate in terrorist
talk, for which they were arrested.  It is possible that
the administration could provoke some groups to actual
acts of violence.  

Many Americans dismiss suspicion of their government as
treasonous, and most believe conspiracy to be impossible
“because someone would talk.”

There is no basis in any known fact for this opinion.

According to polls, 36% of the American people
disbelieve the

9/11 Commission Report.
Despite this lack of
confidence, and despite the numerous omissions and
errors in the report, it has proven impossible to have
an independent investigation of 9/11 or to examine the
official explanation in public debate.  Even experts and
people with a lifetime of distinguished public service
are dismissed as “conspiracy theorists,” “kooks,”
and “traitors” if they question the official
explanation of 9/11. This despite the fact that war in
the Middle East, a long-planned goal of Bush`s

administration, could not have been
initiated without a “new Pearl Harbor.”

That powerfully constructed steel buildings could
suddenly turn to dust because they were struck by two
flimsy aluminum airliners and experienced small fires on
a few floors that burned for a short time appears
unexceptionable to a majority of Americans.

Moreover, people have talked.  Hundreds of them.
Firefighters, police, janitors, and others report
hearing and experiencing a series of explosions in upper
floors and massive explosions in the underground
basements.  This eyewitness testimony was kept under
wraps for three or more years until the official
explanation had taken root.  The oral histories were
finally forced loose by Freedom Of Information Act
suits.  The eyewitness reports of explosion after
explosion had no effect.  

Larry Silverstein, who received billions of dollars in
insurance payments for the destroyed buildings, talked. 

on public television that the order was given
“to pull” building 7.  His stunning admission had
no effect. 

The Bush administration is preparing us for more
terrorist attacks.  The latest intelligence report says
that Al Qaeda has regrouped, rebuilt, and has the
ability to come after us again.

“Al Qaeda will intensify its efforts to put operatives
says the report.

Security operatives, such as

Michael Chertoff
, and various instruments of
administration propaganda have warned that we will be
attacked before next year`s election.  Chertoff is not a
person who wants to be known as Chicken Little for
telling us that the sky is falling.

Bush has the Republican Party in such a mess that it
cannot survive without another 9/11.  Whether authentic
or orchestrated, an attack will activate Bush`s new
executive orders, which create a dictatorial police
state in event of “national emergency.”  [See


The UK government is hand-in-glove with the Bush
administration and will provide cover or verification
for whatever claim the Bush administration advances.  So
will the right-wing governments in Canada and
Australia.  That takes care of the English-speaking
world from which contrary explanations might reach the
American people.

It is possible that Bush is now too weak, that suspicion
is too great, and that there is too much internal
resistance in the federal bureaucracy and military for
any such scenario.  If so, then my

prior to the invasion that the US
invasion of Iraq will destroy Bush, the Republican
Party, and the conservative movement will be proven
true.  The Democrats` strategy of doing nothing except
making sure Bush gets his way will produce the landslide
that they expect.

However, this assumes that Cheney, Rove, and their
neoconservative allies have lost their cunning and their
manipulative skills.  It is difficult to imagine a more
dangerous assumption for Democrats and the American
people to make.  

Once the US experiences new attacks, Bush will be
vindicated. His voice will be confident as he speaks to
the nation:

My administration knew that there would be
more attacks from these terrorists who hate us and our
way of life and are determined to destroy every one of
us.  If only more of you had believed me and supported
my war on terror these new attacks would not have
happened.  Our security efforts were impaired by the
Democrats` determined attempts to surrender to the
terrorists by forcing our withdrawal from Iraq and by
civil libertarian assaults on our necessary security
measures.  If only more Americans had trusted their
government, this would not have happened

And so on. Anyone should be able to write the script.



Paul Craig Roberts

] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.