More here, from the 18 October issue of Esquire on those rabid radicals, Flynt Leverett and his wife, former AIPAC-er Hillary Mann, describing how the neocons in the Bush admin completely fucked us all over on Iran.
MT: But it is now clearer than ever that our invasion of Iraq has been a disaster. How do you explain the lack of opposition?
Ritter: It's difficult to explain. First of all you have to note, from the public side, that very few Americans actually function as citizens anymore. What I mean by that are people who invest themselves in this country, people who care, who give a damn. Americans are primarily consumers today, and so long as they continue to wrap themselves in the cocoon of comfort, and the system keeps them walking down a road to the perceived path of prosperity, they don't want to rock the boat. If it doesn't have a direct impact on their day-to-day existence, they simply don't care.
There's a minority of people who do, but the majority of Americans don't. And if the people don't care — and remember, the people are the constituents — if the constituents don't care, then those they elect to higher office won't feel the pressure to change.
Here's the talk Leverett gave at that radical-lefty organization, the Cato Institute.
The should-be-famous-by-now-but-isn't redacted NYT op-ed mentioned in the Esquire piece.