Of course, the interesting thing to note here is that the author is not some "left-wing loony." Those words were written by Paul Craig Roberts, a conservative and the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He is also considered to be the "father" of Reaganomics. The executive orders that he references include the recent July 17 order which allows the White House to, incredibly, seize the assets of anyone who 'interferes' with its Iraq policies. Roberts notes that "When Bush exercises this authority [under the new Executive Order], there's no check to it. So it really is a form of total, absolute, one-man rule."
He continued by writing this:
"Ask yourself: Would a government that has lied us into two wars and is working to lie us into an attack on Iran shrink from staging 'terrorist' attacks in order to remove opposition to its agenda? Only a diehard minority believes in the honesty and integrity of the Bush-Cheney administration and in the truthfulness of the corporate media."
Such alarmist talk might seem to be over the top, and Roberts is probably at risk of being labeled "paranoid." But like they say, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you."
But is the conventional wisdom right? Would Americans flock back to the Republicans and support Bush in the event of another attack? I'm not so sure. I think at one point (early on in Bush's tenure) that may have been true, but Americans been through a lot, and may have finally wised up. I think most people would be more likely to have a reaction along the lines of, "Hey, Mr. President, I thought you said you would keep us safe!" before pulling the lever for the Democrats.
Do I believe that most Republicans are consciously looking forward to the day when their fellow Americans may die in another terrorist attack, as a way to possibly save the Republican party? No, I don't. I'm not that cynical (yet). Do I believe that there are elements within the Republican party that wouldn't necessarily, shall we say, be disappointed if such an attack were to occur? Almost certainly.