Republican playbook calls for new terror attacks in time for election 2008
[SANTORUM:] 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 going to have a very different view of this war, and it will be because, I think, of some unfortunate events, that like we’re seeing unfold in the UK. But I think the American public’s going to have a very different view....
(Love the Lemony Snicket reference!
But Rick, how would you know?
You know, I just hate to be cynical:
But is there anything these guys won't do to hang onto power?
You can trust the Republicans to be Republicans. Remember what the usual suspects, Bennett, Jebbie Bush, Cheney, Donald Kagan, Libby, Podhoretz, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz et al had written at their winger stink tank, the Project for a New American Century, in September 2000, before 9/11. From the section on weapons procurement policies ((PDF):
The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing [and "unfortunate"] event – like a new Pearl Harbor.
Flash forward to
Hellmouth Crawford, TX, summer of 2001:
The book's opening anecdote tells of an unnamed CIA briefer who flew to Bush's Texas ranch during the scary summer of 2001, amid a flurry of reports of a pending al-Qaeda attack, to call the president's attention personally to the now-famous Aug. 6, 2001, memo titled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US." Bush reportedly heard the briefer out and replied: "All right. You've covered your ass, now."
What could possibly account for such a reaction to an analyst doing their patriotic duty?
Over the years of watching Bush and the Republicans be what they are and do what they do, I've come to believe that the Bush administration was, indeed, directly responsible for 9/11. It's right out of their playbook, as is the terror attack that Santorum is all but calling for.
No, Bush didn't pick up the phone and order the attack, nor did Cheney. Too dangerous for them. We might call their play called malign neglect; they left the door open, and, sure enough, the hijackers slipped through, and we're all left asking, after the shock wears off, cui bono? To which I think the answer, by now, is obvious.
Bush called the same play, malign neglect, to bring about the Katrina disaster. The Seventeenth Street Canal broke right where the funding stopped. Bush, again, was on vacation, and his staff had to make a CD to get his attention. Cui bono? The Republicans, as the entire state of Louisiana turns reliably red. (Follow the money: Bush turned down more than $800 million of cash from our allies to help. I wonder why?)
Bush has called the same play, malign neglect, on protecting blue state cities and ports from nuclear attack. It will just be Katrina on a bigger scale. Cui bono? Well, I'd say the country as a whole. The cities are full of colored people, and gay people, and Democrats, and liberals, and atheists, and worse, people who don't drive. Fuck 'em.
Nobody could have predicted that hijackers would fly airplanes into buildings. Except people did.
Nobody could have anticipated that the levees would breach. Except people did.
Nobody could have predicted that ________ in 2008. Except we are, now.
When the going gets tough, the tough get foily. Read this from Arkansas Republican chairman Dennis Milligan. (Note that Arkansas is important enough for Bush replace the US Attorney there with a Partei operative, so we can expect Milligan to be wired into the latest strategery).
“At the end of the day, I believe fully the president is doing the right thing, and I think all we need is some attacks on American soil like we had on [Sept. 11, 2001], and the naysayers will come around very quickly to appreciate not only the commitment for President Bush, but the sacrifice that has been made by men and women to protect this country,” Milligan said.
And since when has the Bush administration ever not gotten exactly what it needed, eh? Especially in an election year.
At some point, the incompetence dodge doesn't cut it anymore. We know their moves. We've seen them before. They have a track record.
We really are looking at a play from the playbook: Malign neglect.
I'd say Bush has already called it, and the clock is ticking.