By Robert Moore
“Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” a political adage in its most recent iteration attributed to former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, long predated the Obama administration and will continue as long as politics exists. Times of crisis, whether natural or man-made, will always make it easier to pass previously unacceptable policies either as a remedy to the crisis or to little fanfare while the public is distracted by tragedy or chaos.
Cynics, perhaps rightly, point to the invasion of Iraq following the September 11, 2001, attacks or the regulation of the financial sector after the 2008 recession as sinister examples of this tactic. But seizing on a crisis often takes a more innocuous form, especially when the policies are sincerely promoted to help solve a crisis or prevent a future one. That is the mindset behind the advocacy of increased military spending — or even war — to stimulate American businesses and insulate communities from economic downturn.
This piece was originally published by The Washington Times on September 12, 2019. Read more HERE.