Friday, May 17, 2013

More Smoke and Mirrors

More Smoke and Mirrors
P. Schultz
May 17, 2013

            As I perused the newspapers on line, viewing the articles about the “scandals” that are, allegedly, threatening to bring Obama down, even to the point of an impeachment, I wondered: “What the heck is going on? That is, what the heck is really going on?’

            “Scandals” are, I have decided, a really neat way for politicians to control “the story line,” as is said so often these days. That’s one reason politicians really don’t mind them. It is also a way to preserve the status quo because, while the “scandals” are alive, it is impossible to pay much attention to more important issues the resolution of which might require changes of a more than superficial character.

            Then I turned to the Guardian and found that the Obama administration has just said that the “global war on terror” will last another ten years and, perhaps, another twenty years.

“That the Obama administration is now repeatedly declaring that the "war on terror" will last at least another decade (or two) is vastly more significant than all three of this week's big media controversies (Benghazi, IRS, and AP/DOJ) combined.”

            So, there it is: A story line that gets buried in the debris of Benghazi, the IRS, and the Department of Justice attack on the press; a story line that all the establishment politicians would agree on, even those allegedly “small government” types in the Republican Party; a story line that affects and will affect our politics and society into the foreseeable future.

            Does anyone else see shades of 1984 in this? Endless war, never voted on, never debated, just announced while being overshadowed by those “scandals” that are going to bring down an administration – that is, until the next “terrorist” attack occurs and we are urged to be strong!

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