SA Column - Crisis-Mongering: How presidents address crises with haste, hysteria, and dubious intentions

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When President George W. Bush sold the Iraq War to the American people, he claimed that the crisis of global terrorism required immediate action and that refusing to act was simply unacceptable.

In 2002 he said, "Some have argued we should wait — and that is an option. In my view, it is the riskiest of all options because the longer we wait, the stronger and bolder Saddam Hussein will become."

Critics wailed that invading Iraq would result in a decades-long occupation, the exorbitant cost of which would be too high, plaguing this and future generations. To date, Bush's critics have been proven right.

When President Barack Obama sold his recent stimulus package to the American people, his rationale paralleled Bush's — the economic crisis required immediate action and refusing to act was unacceptable. Critics argued that the $787 billion stimulus package would result in a weaker long-term economy, and the exorbitant debt would plague this and future generations. Time will tell whether Obama's critics are proven right.

What time has already told us is that so-called government "experts," who allegedly have some superior insight, often lead America hastily down disastrous paths under the auspices of averting some "crisis" that coincidentally always deserves immediate and drastic attention. Given their frequent colossal mistakes and gross miscalculations, Americans would be wise to look upon any current or future crisis-mongering with an inquisitive eye. And the drama and theatrics that accompany these crises should make Americans skeptical of their leaders' true intentions.

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