Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions. He says, via The River:
Unless Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran.
Bush has put in place all the necessary measures for dictatorship in the form of "executive orders" that are triggered whenever Bush declares a national emergency. Recent statements by Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, former Republican senator Rick Santorum and others suggest that Americans might expect a series of staged, or false flag, "terrorist" events in the near future.
Many attentive people believe that the reason the Bush administration will not bow to expert advice and public opinion and begin withdrawing US troops from Iraq is that the administration intends to rescue its unpopular position with false flag operations that can be used to expand the war to Iran.
I asked my colleague, The Good Soldier Schweik, for his take and he reassured me that everything is under control. "There are a lot of people, Phil, who hate America, as you know" he said. "They hate us for our Freedom, but the real enemy is within. Martial law is the best way to restore respect for Authority in Time of War when Traitors like Paul Craig Roberts are giving aid and comfort to the enemy." He has a good point. Besides, Schweik is designated as Captain for my block here in Richardson, TX. He and I are old friends, from our days together as Scout Leaders for Troop 9. When people get rounded up for satirizing their betters, he will take me to the Guard House in Richardson where we can play cards and drink beer until the War on Terror is won. As dragnet, judge and jailor, he is about as good a man as you can imagine in that role. I wish you as much luck in your town, if, God forbid, it should come to that. Probably best we say nothing more about this. It is supposed to a surprise.