In the 1997 movie, “Wag the Dog,” a mysterious Washington DC propaganda spin-artist is told to create a war in order to distract the public’s attention away from a scandal involving the President. So they invent a war in Albania to do the trick.
“Wag the Dog” was an amazingly prophetic movie about US politics over the last two decades.
For example, in 1998, during the height of the Monica Lewinsky/ Clinton scandal, President Clinton sent cruise missiles to bomb sites in Afghanistan and the Sudan where he claimed terrorists were storing chemical weapons. Sound familiar?
Today, in the midst of numerous presidential scandals, we’re presented with a plan to bomb Syria (because of chemical weapons no less). And suddenly, everybody’s talking about what the president’s going to do in Syria. Should he or shouldn’t he, can he or can’t he, will he or won’t he? It’s all about him and the “world’s” red line.
Is this just a “wag the dog” distraction? If so, are we going to fall for it?
What could Obama be working so hard to distract our attention away from? How about the Benghazi Scandal, defunding Obamacare, immigration amnesty or the NSA and IRS scandals?
And besides these issues shouldn’t our government be working on plans to
- Stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons,
- End the spread of radical Islamists all around the world,
- And find a way to come up with the funds to improve our national security.
Yet we and all of our politicians, on both sides of the aisle, are wasting time embroiled in a debate about an unnecessary action in Syria. Is Obama just keeping us busy to avoid the real issues?