Saturday, May 25, 2002

I've been wondering about the oddness of the fact that American polls on George Bush continue to show him having highly favorable ratings, even after the recent revelations that show that at the very least he was extremely negligent with respect to warnings of terrorist attacks. It seems that it is not too much of a stretch to go even further and wonder whether September 11 was a desired outcome for the Bush administration, especially given all the benefits Bush and his friends have received from September 11. The innumerable and explicit warnings, the recent revelations about the Moussaoui investigation and the Phoenix memorandum, the fact that Carlyle was having a board meeting on the morning of September 11, the fact that normal air defences were obviouly interfered with, the billions of dollars in war profiteering, the advantages to Bush's friends of securing oil reserves using the war on terror as an excuse, the extraordinary problems with the Official Story blaming bin Laden for the terrorism, the obvious way the Bush Administration is trying to prevent an investigation (why do this if they have nothing to hide?) and the clumsy way they continue to use vague but scary warnings of imminent terrorist attacks to put their critics off the scent - the whole thing doesn't add up, and in spite of the fact that the 'elite' media unanimously has decided that Bush is blameless, I don't believe that Americans are incapable of seeing what is really going on. It occurs to me that the average American sees an administration that may be capable of risking the lives of tens of thousands of his or her fellow citizens in order to line the pockets of some very rich and powerful people. This average American gets a phone call from someone claiming to be from a polling company. If you were receiving this phone call, particularly given the Ashcroft-style insistence on complete political conformity to the policies of the Bush Administration, would you profess any dissent?