We had it all sixteen years ago. When George W. Bush became president, the world stood against him. But then came 9/11 and suddenly the ‘village idiot’ received unrestricted solidarity. Now Trump stands against almost the whole world and if he can’t deliver to those angry whites that voted for him, he will be in splendid isolation.
Are we heading therefore for a new 9/11?
Donald Trump might need a new 9/11 when the deceit of his campaign promises becomes evident. If you can’t keep your promises, get an outer cause, an enemy to blame for as “in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being” the masses will agree to military spending (“the pursuit of power”) and will accept their economic situation (“economic self-denial”). After a few months of failed policies and world wide contempt, what could Trump welcome more than an “America under attack”-scenario?
For now the angry whites are kept at bay with tough anti-immigrant policies like building the wall against Mexico or banning Muslims entering the country. Decrees like these create the impression that he does what he promised and pacify the voters—but only for a limited amount of time. When no new jobs spring into life, when the salaries don’t rise, when the infrastructure remains at the bottom, the angry whites will have to be deluded in other ways. As Trump almost for sure won’t be able to create jobs and economic growth for all as his cabinet is made of generals and multi-billionaires (the latter representing the establishment he claims to fight), the question is not if but when it will happen.
A war can distract the angry whites and give them a new object of anger. A war brings excuse and emotions: “they take away our progress”, “they prevent America to become great again”. The new enemy will explain the failures of the current presidency and direct the anger to a new target. And all those who do not agree and dare to voice dissident opinion will be decried as unpatriotic.
I met one single Trump voter. He was full of anger and his arguments were all one liners. From “lock her up” to “bomb them down” it is a small step.
But a new 9/11 will also silence other governments and downgrade topics like climate change, the divide between rich and poor, racial inequality and other looming environmental catastrophes to name just a few. In the absence of a “truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat” the public—including non-US governments— will remind the current administration endlessly about the real problems of this world. A war therefore will not just calm the angry whites but also the heads of non-US states.
If 9/11 was an inside job, there are high times for a second 9/11  as war might be the one thing that can change Trump’s standing in the world and hide his inexorable coming failures.
The bulletin of Atomic Scientists have moved the doomsday clock closer to midnight. It stands now at two and a half minutes to midnight.
1 German then-chancellor Gerhard Schröder just after the attacks.
2 Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard, p. 37
3 The Grand Chessboard, p. 211
4 To be correct, it would be the 4[th] 9/11. The first 9/11 happened 300 years ago in Catalan, the second in Chile 1973, the third is the commonly known 9/11/