The Sept. 11 Canon: Week 1
You're right, Geraldine—I should have made it clear that we always retained the right to do defensive research even though we didn't do any. How come? As you say, because there was more money for defense contractors in hardware. But why was that the case? Because once we de-funded it, we forgot about it. There was no one left to get upset about it, no bureaucracy left to advance its cause. Shortsighted, maybe, but inevitable. You can't just blame the CIA or the Pentagon. If you as a nation want something done, you put money in it. You want to relegate it to oblivion, you take the money away. If the American people had had a clear sense of the danger they were in, there would have been plenty of money for vaccines and all the rest. But, of course, if we'd been properly alarmed, we would never have de-funded the whole deal to begin with. I blame the '60s for creating this crazy, self-hating atmosphere in which Americans convinced themselves that they were the world's biggest threat and all they had to do is disarm and everyone else would, too. As Bart Simpson would say, "Wrong!"
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