Fool us once


Geraldine Sealey
January 12, 2005 9:57PM (UTC)

Anyone tempted to give credence to the White House contention that Social Security is soon heading for an into-the-iceberg level catastrophe should take note of this update on another great crisis the Bush administration once warned us about: WMD in Iraq. The hunt for Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction is over, and the hunters have come home empty-handed, driven out by the chaotic violence that ensued from Bush's quixotic quest to secure the weapons that were not there. If you missed this bit of news, that's because in our town's newspaper, anyway, a little publication called the New York Times (which has its own, um, history with the supposed WMD crisis), it was buried inside on A10 in a 240-word news brief. Guess the WMD crisis that wasn't is yesterday's news to some. (The Washington Post, on the other hand, saw fit to print it on A1). After all, there's a new emergency in town. We can only hope that this time around, the public -- and Congress, which Bush needs to enact any Social Security "reform" -- will learn the facts and consequences before Bush goes "solving" yet another crisis that doesn't exist.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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