Fox News's Glenn Beck had former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer (who at one time worked on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden) on his show on Tuesday to share his thoughts on just what it would take to prompt the American people to demand that its government guarantee its safety. He seemed to think that a massive attack on American soil would do the trick. Never mind that we saw this movie collectively on September 11, 2001. To that end, though, Scheuer might actually have a point; after 9/11 Americans were virtually giddy to go to war with just about any Middle Eastern country, so one could only imagine what the American public would clamor for if we suffered another attack. It's almost enough to make one wonder just how much of a "surprise" 9/11 was, but I digress...
Beck, of course, simply nods in agreement.
"The only chance we have as a country right now is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States. Because it's going to take a grassroots, bottom-up pressure, because these politicians prize their office, prize the praise of the media and the Europeans. (snip) ...Only Osama can execute an attack which will force Americans to demand that their government protect them effectively, consistently, and with as much violence as necessary."
Watch it (H/T Salon.com):