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Petrodollar Warfare Donating Member (628 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 10:46 AM
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6. Mushroom Clouds to Inspire the Vulgar Many
Edited on Tue Aug-16-05 11:09 AM by Petrodollar Warfare
(...a few more exerts from Chapter 4...)

Straussian Necessity of an External Threat:
Mushroom Clouds to Inspire the Vulgar Many

"Many of us are convinced that Saddam will acquire nuclear weapons fairly soon. Just how soon we cannot gauge."

-Vice President Cheney, August 26, 2002

"The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons, but we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."

-National Security Advisor Rice, September 8, 2002

"Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof ... the smoking gun ... that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud."

-President George W. Bush, October 7, 2002

An Iraqi nuclear weapon might bring "the sight of the first mushroom cloud on one of the major population centers on this planet."

-General Franks, November 12, 2002

"We know hes been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."

-Vice President Cheney, March 16, 2003

"I dont believe anyone that I know in the administration ever said that Iraq had nuclear weapons."

-Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, May 14, 2003

"Yeah, I did misspeak .We never had any evidence that he had acquired a nuclear weapon."

-Vice President Cheney, September 14, 2003

This final quote from Cheney is rather surprising considering his comments of August 2002 and March 2003. These intervening months just before the war were remarkable. Senior members of the executive branch and a top US military commander appear to have made a coordinated attempt to create massive societal fear. Repeated references to nuclear weapons, smoking gun, and mushroom clouds were clearly aimed at instilling Strausss fear of impending death or catastrophe in the of the American publics imaginations.

However, if one can overcome that fear and critically examine the available facts, it appears highly doubtful that Saddam Hussein could have reconstituted an undetected nuclear weapons program under the UN sanctions. Likewise, Saddam an emphatically secular leader was unlikely to provide any weapons to Islamic terrorists.

Despite inherent logical contradictions of an unprovoked WMD attack by the Iraqi government, in August 2002 Cheney introduced the notion that Saddam Hussein would acquire nuclear weapons fairly soon. Not coincidentally, on the one-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Rice famously remarked that failure to disarm Saddam might produce a smoking gun in the form of a mushroom cloud. Introducing the terrifying image of a mushroom cloud to the America citizens when their emotions were heightened was a highly effective method for instilling generalized fear.

The coup de grce to inspire the American people that an imminent external threat existed from a nuclear-armed Saddam was provided by General Franks and Rumsfeld. On November 12, 2002, Franks warned that inaction might produce the first mushroom cloud on one of the major population centers on this planet. Two days later Rumsfeld stated, Within a week, or a month, Saddam could give his WMD to al-Qaida.

Tragically, the subservient US media conglomerates uncritically repeated and amplified the governments fear-inspiring propaganda campaign. Members of Congress who questioned the drive to war were quickly denounced. These events vividly illustrate how the power wielded by a few government officials can easily bring a frightful population to the bidding of the leaders. Just as Hermann Goering stated, political leaders seeking war will always attack the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
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