Among Bush’s critics are old line republicans, including Paul Craig Roberts, who has some very strong words.
The article cites an executive order that grants the White House dictatorial powers in a national emergency, as well as another Executive Order that allows the government to seize the assets of anyone who interferes with its Iraq policies.
Roberts said that because of Bush’s unpopularity, the Republicans face a total wipeout in 2008, and this may be why “the Democrats have not brought a halt to Bush’s follies or the war, because they expect his unpopular policies to provide them with a landslide victory in next year’s election.”
“The administration figures themselves and prominent Republican propagandists … are preparing us for another 9/11 event or series of events,” Roberts continued. “Chertoff has predicted them. … The National Intelligence Estimate is saying that al Qaeda has regrouped. … You have to count on the fact that if al Qaeda’s not going to do it, it’s going to be orchestrated. … The Republicans are praying for another 9/11.”
Roberts pointed out that it’s old-line Republicans like himself, former Reagan associate deputy attorney general Bruce Fein, and Pat Buchanan who are the diehards in warning of the danger. “It’s so obvious to people like us who have long been associated in the corridors of power,” he said. “There’s no belief in the people or anything like that. They have agendas. The people are in the way. The Constitution is in the way. … Americans need to comprehend and look at how ruthless Cheney is. … A person like that would do anything.”
These are damning indictments, and may be somewhat hysterical. But here’s the thing: these executive orders are inviting this type of conspiracy talk because they fly in the face of the American values of representational government, freedom from oppression, and balance of powers.
The Democrats are either in on the joke, or they are letting the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot so they can come out ahead. Perhaps the most damning criticism of all should be aimed at them.