This 9/11, Public Isn't Swayed by Overhyped Fears
White House overstating dangers to US of Syria: Paul Campos
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2013 1:37 PM CDT
National Security Adviser Susan Rice.   (AP Photo/United Nations Photo, Devra Berkowitz)

(Newser) – In its unsuccessful push to get Congress and the nation to embrace the idea of military action against Syria, the White House resorted to "fearmongering," writes Paul Campos at Time. It argued that Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons pose a threat to national security, "even potentially (to) our citizens at home," in the words of National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Nobody's buying this "nonsensical" argument, writes Campos, a fact that might help explain the president's interest in Russia's diplomatic option.

This is especially relevant on the anniversary of 9/11, he writes. "Fortunately, it appears that the American public can no longer be swayed so easily by the kind of panic-inducing rhetoric that led to the Iraq catastrophe in the wake of the 9/11 attacks." Turns out, people are tired of the "cynical exploitation" of that 12-year-old tragedy, "and not a moment too soon." Click for the full column.

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InferiorToYou
Sep 13, 2013 11:57 PM CDT
Wouldn't it be ironic if it turned out this administration coordinated the gas attack with the Free Syrian Army, to manufacture a casus belli to try to draw in traditional American allies?
BenDunn
Sep 12, 2013 8:36 AM CDT
Susan Rice.. this bitch doesn't know the difference between Al Qaeda and moviegoers.. typical Obama cabinet member, Chicken little style leadership.. The sky is Falling!!!!
julianpenrod
Sep 11, 2013 8:25 PM CDT
P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } If someone would use September 11 cravenly as a means of promoting their agenda today, they would have done it 12 years ago, too. And not even crooks necessarily happily ply their trade if they know catastrophe is near. If September 11 was truly a sign of determined Islamic fundamentalism that wanted only to kill Americans and had the technology to do so, not even political crooks would use it to further their self serving programs. That means they all knew September 11 was a fraud, an event engineered by the New World Order to facilitate creating the police state. That';s why, only a week after September 11, The New York Times had pictures of a political dinner dance and every politician and world figure was smiling and laughing. That's why there was so much trouble scheduling the supposed solidarity music event a week after September 11 because groups and singers were arguing about how much money they'd get. The government kept prating about how “porous” the U.S. port system was to “infiltration”, even though no “terrorist” tried to enter the country that way. They all knew this was a fraud! But, think, what good is it doing no longer buying into the hype? The major damage has been done. There is no guarantee the world will return to anything like normal in less than a thousand years now, even if the public refused to let themselves be intimidated any more. Laws have been put in place, cameras have been put in place, Constitutional guarantees have been systematically violated, money has been spent, the world has been racked with warfare. It borders on too little, too late. People will be suffering the results of this crime against humanity, which the craven quislings and gutless dullards helped in realizing, for centuries to come. There were those who said this was a case of criminal political connivery and they were laughed at. How many really think their not being afraid necessarily has anything to do with government policy, anymore? It was the number who demonstrated that Obama is lying who had an effect, and they're the same ones who proved that September 11 was a fraud. But, consider, any time the New World Order has a program they genuinely, definitely want to go ahead, they will manufacture another incident and the plurality of the gullible will fall into lockstep again.