Or Face the End of Constitutional
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
' -- -- Unless
Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from
now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with
Bush has put in place all the necessary measures for
dictatorship in the form of "executive orders" that are
triggered whenever Bush declares a national emergency.
Recent statements by Homeland Security Chief Michael
Chertoff, former Republican senator Rick Santorum and others
suggest that Americans might expect a series of staged, or
false flag, "terrorist" events in the near future.
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.
Too much is going wrong for the Bush administration: the
failure of its Middle East wars, Republican senators jumping
ship, Turkish troops massed on northern Iraq's border poised
for an invasion to deal with Kurds, and a majority of
Americans favoring the impeachment of Cheney and a
near-majority favoring Bush's impeachment. The Bush
administration desperately needs dramatic events to scare
the American people and the Congress back in line with the
militarist-police state that Bush and Cheney have fostered.
William Norman Grigg recently wrote that the GOP is "praying
for a terrorist strike" to save the party from electoral
wipeout in 2008.
Chertoff, Cheney, the neocon nazis, and Mossad would have no
qualms about saving the bacon for the Republicans, who have
enabled Bush to start two unjustified wars, with Iran
waiting in the wings to be attacked in a third war.
The Bush administration has tried unsuccessfully to
resurrect the terrorist fear factor by infiltrating some
blowhard groups and encouraging them to talk about staging
"terrorist" events. The talk, encouraged by federal agents,
resulted in "terrorist" arrests hyped by the media, but even
the captive media was unable to scare people with such
transparent sting operations.
If the Bush administration wants to continue its wars in the
Middle East and to entrench the "unitary executive" at home,
it will have to conduct some false flag operations that will
both frighten and anger the American people and make them
accept Bush's declaration of "national emergency" and the
return of the draft. Alternatively, the administration could
simply allow any real terrorist plot to proceed without
A series of staged or permitted attacks would be spun by the
captive media as a vindication of the neoconsevatives'
Islamophobic policy, the intention of which is to destroy
all Middle Eastern governments that are not American puppet
states. Success would give the US control over oil, but the
main purpose is to eliminate any resistance to Israel's
complete absorption of Palestine into Greater Israel.
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
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."
Throughout its existence the US government has staged
incidents that the government then used in behalf of
purposes that it could not otherwise have pursued. According
to a number of writers, false flag operations have been
routinely used by the Israeli state. During the Czarist era
in Russia, the secret police would set off bombs in order to
arrest those the secret police regarded as troublesome.
Hitler was a dramatic orchestrator of false flag operations.
False flag operations are a commonplace tool of governments.
Ask yourself: Would a government that has lied us into two
wars and is working to lie us into an attack on Iran shrink
from staging "terrorist" attacks in order to remove
opposition to its agenda?
Only a diehard minority believes in the honesty and
integrity of the Bush-Cheney administration and in the
truthfulness of the corporate media.
Hitler, who never achieved majority support in a German
election, used the Reichstag fire to fan hysteria and push
through the Enabling Act, which made him dictator.
Determined tyrants never require majority support in order
to overthrow constitutional orders.
The American constitutional system is near to being
overthrown. Are coming "terrorist" events of which Chertoff
warns and Santorum promises the means for overthrowing our
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate
Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and
Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions. He can be reached at:
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