By Stan Crock Link
If you want to see how cynical President Bush growing legion of critics are about the Administration’s Iraq policy, take a gander sometime at the electronic newsletter sent out by Chuck Spinney, a retired Pentagon analyst. He starts out with a quote from the late journalist H. L. Mencken: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed [and hence clamorous to be led to safety] by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
Spinney then quotes Nazi Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goering, who explained at his Nuremberg trial how easy it is for leaders to get the people to do their bidding. “All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger,” Goering said. “It works the same way in any country.”
There’s no doubt in my mind that the Anthrax scare was an act of US sponsored terrorism whose sole purpose was to ensure the passage of the Patriot Act. Why do I say that? How do I come to that conclusion? Because we are no longer going after the person responsible for it. When there’s an extremely serious crime and the investigation stops – the investigator are the ones behind it.