Krugman: Behind Our Backs

April 16, 2003 at 1:26 am
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those of you who weren’t completely overwhelmed by last night’s barrage, here’s
just one more.


“For the overwhelming political lesson of the last year is that war works
— that is, it’s an excellent cover for the Republican Party’s domestic political
agenda. In fact, war works in two ways. The public rallies around the flag,
which means the President and his party; and the public’s attention is diverted
from other issues.

As long as the nation is at war, then,
it will be hard to get the public to notice what the flagwavers are doing behind
our backs. And it just so happens that the “Bush doctrine,” which calls for
preventive war against countries that may someday pose a threat, offers the
possibility of a series of wars against nasty regimes with weak armies.

Someday the public will
figure all this out. But it may be a very long wait. ” 



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