When the “anthrax attacks” came not long after 9/11, I was living in an apartment in Southern California. I went out one day to get my mail and saw a neighbor, wearing surgical gloves, trying to get her mail from her box. She was shaking and crying.
“I’m so afraid,” she said.
Five years later, a delusional president clings to the fear he helped instill into that woman. And he attempts, whenever possible, to continue to add to that fear. Because the leaders of the U.S. only care about one feeling as far as the public goes – fear.
Because as far as the occupation on Iraq goes, Bush and his PNACian overlords flat out mock the will of the American people.
From the AP:
… Bush said: “I recognize there are a handful there, or some, who just say, ‘Get out, you know, it’s just not worth it. Let’s just leave.’ I strongly disagree with that attitude. Most Americans do as well.”
However, in a poll released Friday by CBS and The New York Times, 63 percent supported a troop withdrawal timetable of sometime next year. Another poll earlier this month from USA Today and Gallup found 59 percent backing a withdrawal deadline that the U.S. should stick to no matter what’s happening in Iraq.
Bush aides say poll questions are asked so many ways, and often so imprecisely, that it is impossible to conclude that most Americans really want to get out. Failure, Bush says, is not what the public wants – they just don’t fully understand that that is just what they will get if troops are pulled out before the Iraqi government is capable of keeping the country stable.
So as Bush looks at the will of the American public and flatly denies it, he and his party crank up the fear machine again to hopefully paralyze the public. Just one look at the recent Republican debate should be enough to show anyone that fear has an established place on the GOP platform. And we should be in for 16 months of terror as the 2008 elections loom in the distance. Because the usual suspects just can’t get enough from telling you that you’ll be murdered unless you let them protect you:
“They viciously attacked us before we went to Iraq, and they’ve been attacking ever since. They are a threat to your children, David,” said Bush.
“America will be safer with a Republican president,” said Rudy Giuliani.
“The terrorists know what they want and they will stop at nothing to get it. By force and intimidation, they seek to impose a dictatorship of fear, under which every man, woman, and child lives in total obedience to their ideology. Their ultimate goal is to establish a totalitarian empire, a caliphate, with Baghdad as its capital. They view the world as a battlefield and they yearn to hit us again. And now they have chosen to make Iraq the central front in their war against civilization,” said Dick Cheney.
Since 9/11, President Bush has asked just two things from the American public:
1) To shop.
2) To be afraid.
Those who try and bend their opponents’ will by fear are not leaders. They are, by definition, terrorists. They know what they want and they will stop at nothing to get it.
But they won’t, provided we’re not afraid.
Crossposted at Williamkwolfrum.com