Who Is to Blame for the Next Attack?

Most of the time, I’m content to create my own content.  Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the culture of fear that is the United States.  It is something I’ll write about in the near future.  This morning, though, I read Frank Rich’s op-ed column in the New York Times are found that he had put into words many of the thoughts that have been floating around my head the past week or two, even since the “Cheney vs. Obama Dustup.”  I’d like to share his column with you.

Frank Rich, NY Times

After watching the farce surrounding Dick Cheney’s coming-out party this month, you have to wonder: Which will reach Washington first, change or the terrorists? If change doesn’t arrive soon, terrorists may well rush in where the capital’s fools now tread.

The Beltway antics that greeted the great Cheney-Obama torture debate were an unsettling return to the post-9/11 dynamic that landed America in Iraq. Once again Cheney and his cohort were using lies and fear to try to gain political advantage — this time to rewrite history and escape accountability for the failed Bush presidency rather than to drum up a new war. Once again Democrats in Congress were cowed. And once again too much of the so-called liberal news media parroted the right’s scare tactics, putting America’s real security interests at risk by failing to challenge any Washington politician carrying a big stick.

Cheney’s “no middle ground” speech on torture at the American Enterprise Institute arrived with the kind of orchestrated media campaign that he, his boss and Karl Rove patented in the good old days. It was bookended by a pair of Republican attack ads on the Web that crosscut President Obama’s planned closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention center with apocalyptic imagery — graphic video of the burning twin towers in one ad, a roar of nuclear holocaust (borrowed from the L.B.J. “daisy” ad of 1964) in the other.

Read the rest of the column here.

 

0 thoughts on “Who Is to Blame for the Next Attack?

  1. I eagerly await for your new entry regarding this I still feel powerless though.So what if we wrote something that strikes cords with people? Nothing really changes. I am not denying the possibility of changes derived from these kind of things, but it’s like striking gold or breaking into Hollywood and becoming and over night super star in the movie business. Chances are as high as winning lottery.

  2. @Wangium – Everything changes – life is different than it was ten years ago, twenty years ago, fifty years ago.  People have rights and opportunities they weren’t previously allowed.  Technology has changed the way we connect, and with whom we connect.  Most importantly, though, each of us change as individuals, which is really the only way any change occurs.  My increasing awareness about a culture of fear, and my desire to write about it, is about continuing to raise my own awareness and to make choices with a clear understanding of which actions feed into that fear and which reject it.

  3. Frank Rich is brilliant.  I read this and almost shared it, too, so thank you for doing so.  I knock my head against the wall over the compliant press.  Who won the election, after all?  I think the press has a macabre fascination with the Bushies, and the Repubs are taking all the advantage they always take.  C’mon, Dems!  Develop some backbone!  Sheesh!

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