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    For Donald Trump, a Terror Attack Will Be an Opportunity Not a Curse

    For Donald Trump, a Terror Attack Will Be an Opportunity Not a Curse – TheIntercept



    Can we breathe a sigh of relief after federal judges blocked President Donald Trump’s discriminatory executive orders? For a moment we can, but we are just a terrorism attack away from the White House gaining a new pretext for its wrathful crackdown against Muslims and immigrants.

    Among the alterations in American politics since Trump’s inauguration, this may be the most frightening one: a terror attack on U.S. soil will be used by the White House as an excuse for implementing an extra-legal agenda that could only be pushed through in a time of crisis. What the courts will not allow today, what protesters will hit the streets to defend tomorrow, what even the pliant Congress would have a hard time backing — the White House is almost certainly counting on all of this changing in the wake of a domestic terrorist attack.

    This macabre turn, in which terrorism becomes an opportunity rather than a curse, has ample precedents that tell us one thing: be prepared.

    It wasn’t long ago that 9/11 was used as a pretext for invading Iraq. Although it was almost immediately clear that Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told President George W. Bush on the evening of September 11, “Part of our response maybe should be attacking Iraq. It’s an opportunity.” Just a few years earlier, Rumsfeld, along with Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney, had signed a now-infamous letter calling for the removal of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The with-us-or-against-us atmosphere after 9/11 enabled them to carry out the task.

    It has happened overseas, too. Vladimir Putin’s rise to power in Russia was accelerated by a series of mysterious bombings against apartment buildings across the country, and the bombings were so essential to consolidating Putin’s rule that he was suspected of organizing them. There was also, most famously, the Reichstag fire in 1933, in which the German Parliament burned to the ground, leading Adolf Hitler, the new chancellor, to warn that “there will be no mercy now. Anyone standing in our way will be cut down.”

    The Trump administration has already begun laying the groundwork for extreme initiatives if…



    More: https://theintercept.com/2017/03/19/for-donald-trump-a-terror-attack-will-be-an-opportunity-not-a-curse/



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  • Purveyor (2634 posts)
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    1. Was just discussing this with my neighbors yesterday… nt

  • HassleCat (464 posts)
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    2. I see him shiver with antici….

  • djean111 (3168 posts)
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    3. I honestly think the same can be said of Hillary, Bush, Bill…….

    the Deep State would be ecstatic, no matter who was in the White House.  The MIC and CIA would be jumping for joy.

    You think the only reason that people won't vote for a warmongering Third Way fracking-enabling cluster bomb throwing H-1B increasing lying pandering corporate and Wall Street shill who says she has no problem putting abortion rights on the table is because we are mad about Bernie?  Um, nope.
  • Xyzse (1872 posts)
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    4. I think that as well.

    It made Bush II’s popularity rise rather quickly.  It even made a lunatic Guliani become a beloved political figure for a little while.  Gave him more legitimacy than he deserves, for a failure of a politician.


  • peacecorps (2527 posts)
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    5. A terror attack linked to a Muslim – yes. A common white nationalist/racist

    terror attack – not so much. Of course, in the latter case conservatives will try to hype the fear and play it for all its worth.

    FDR stood for high/progressive taxes, tight regulation of corporations, effective legislation to support strong unions, a strong safety net, fiscal policy that supports full employment rather than austerity, engagement with the rest of the world in terms of trade and diplomacy and the Four Freedoms. Bernie supports the same issues plus an understanding of the danger posed by climate change. Count me as an FDR/Bernie liberal.