The tragedy of America is not that it is misled and deceived by cunning traitors and evil demons like Dick Cheney, George Bush, and Barack Obama. But that so few people within the government have come forward to tell the American people and the world the cold truth about 9/11 and the war on terror.
Societies collapse when the people blindly follow crazed and evil madmen in power. The American people are living through the same tragedy that the people of Russia experienced under Stalin and the people of Germany went through under Hitler.
Milovan Djilas, author of the book 'Conversations with Stalin,' said that he found it amazing from a psychological perspective that one man could have directed the destiny of an entire nation for thirty years and trick the people into supporting mass atrocities committed by government agents. Djilas asked how can millions of people be fooled and deceived for so long? I think the answers comes down to courage and boldness. Evil men like Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney are very bold and ambitious.
Washington's wicked wizards of war, led by Paul Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Cheney saw an opportunity in the middle of the 1970s to grab power for themselves. They were instrumental in the creation of Team B, a group of so-called experts on the Soviet Union who issued a report that discredited the CIA's conclusions about the nature of the threat posed by the Soviet Union to the United States. They exaggerated the Soviet threat, lied about the intentions of Soviet leaders, and twisted the facts. It was a political strategy to unnecessarily scare the American people in order to justify hundreds of billions of dollars in military spending and federal power grabs.
There were no fact-based analysts in Team B. Instead, it was a rat-pack of political ideologues and power-hungry traitors who went around the CIA to feed lies to the public to position themselves as the guardians of America when in reality they were tricking the country and enslaving it. “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land," James Madison warned, "it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy”
In the early 1990s, Anne Hessing Cahn, who served in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency from 1977 to 1981, said that Team B's findings about the Soviet Union's military strength and imperial intentions were all wrong. She wrote in an article called 'Team B: The Trillion-dollar Experiment':
With the advantage of hindsight, we now know that Soviet military spending increases began to slow down precisely as Team B was writing about "an intense military buildup in nuclear as well as conventional forces of all sorts, not moderated either by the West's self-imposed restraints or by SALT." (1).
Team B's lies about the Soviet Union's military capabilities and aggression served a functional purpose in the eyes of Washington's traitorous war hawks: its report frightened the American people and shifted public opinion towards the right. This change of national atmosphere allowed the military and wars corporations to gobble up large chunks of the tax revenue. But the economic and social consequences of allocating national resources to a destructive war machine were catastrophic for the American people. Cahn writes:
For more than a third of a century, assertions of Soviet superiority created calls for the United States to "rearm." In the 1980s, the call was heeded so thoroughly that the United States embarked on a trillion-dollar defense buildup. As a result, the country neglected its schools, cities, roads and bridges, and health care system. From the world's greatest creditor nation, the United States became the world's greatest debtor--in order to pay for arms to counter the threat of a nation that was collapsing. (2).Adam Curtis, the creator of the documentary 'The Power of Nightmares' spends a lot of time on the machinations of Team B and the fact that many of its members became a part of the deadly neoconservative movement that advanced upon Washington in the 1980s and 1990s like an intellectual plague.
Jeff Stein reported in the San Francisco Chronicle in October 2005 that Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz helped form Team B. Stein wrote:
In the 1970s, when President Richard Nixon's policy of detente was under attack by some former military officials and conservative policy intellectuals, Ford administration officials Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were among those challenging as too soft the CIA's estimate of Moscow's military power.Team B's extremist conclusions about the Soviet threat should have been immediately ridiculed. This poisonous group used classic psychological tricks like threat projection to create public fear and national paranoia about the Soviet boogeyman. Their lies and demonic fearmongering were a precursor to the neocon's fake hype about the threat posed by Islamism.
Rumsfeld and Cheney wanted to create a "Team B," which would have access to the CIA's data on the Soviets and issue its own conclusions. Cheney, as White House chief of staff, and Rumsfeld, as secretary of Defense, championed Team B, whose members included the young defense strategist Paul Wolfowitz, who a quarter-century later would be one of the chief architects of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
CIA Director William Colby rejected the Team B idea and was fired. Colby's successor as head of the spy agency, George H.W. Bush, the current president's father, accepted it.
If Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz were chased out of town like rats for spreading lies and manipulating the public in the 1970s and 1980s then these traitorous demons would not have been confident and powerful enough to stage the 9/11 attacks. They should be hanged for deceiving the U.S. military and the American people and committing crimes against humanity in the Middle East.
Intellectual wizards of war like the neocons serve the profitable business of war by using fearmongering, threat projection, and self-fulfilling prophecies of doom and war to scare the people and make them believe in fantasies. Their M.O. is to enlarge foreign threats or invent one like Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda to increase the size of the war budget and justify the existence of Washington's monstrous garrison state. Neocons are not the mad prophets of terror as they say they are, but con artists who have used terror and deception to get the American people to hop onto their crazy train.
Thirty five years ago Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz should have been put in straitjackets and send to a mental institution. And the U.S. military-industrial complex should have been destroyed by the people and lawmakers. But that is asking too much. I know. Giant military machines cannot be brought down by democratic forces. They are terminated because of their own hubris and imperial overreach. We are seeing that right now in the Middle East. But millions of innocent people are dying in the process.
Straitjackets and mental institutions were once needed in Washington, but that time has passed. Guillotines are needed today. Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz, and the other war criminals behind 9/11 and the war on terror must be hanged. Crazy men can be forgiven, but not evil men.
1. Anne Hessing Cahn. 1993. Team B: The Trillion-dollar Experiment. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 49(3). Pg. 27.