Militarism's Lethal Logic

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says it's "virtually a certainty" that terrorists will inflict "a major nuclear event" on the United States sometime soon - probably in New York or Washington. "What makes Buffett so pessimistic?" askes commentator James Pinkerton. "Maybe he read the Capitol Hill testimony of Undersecretary of State Charlotte Beers before the House Appropriations Committee on April 23." Beers wants to spend $595 million on public relations to address seething anti-U.S. resentments in the Muslim word, while the Bush administration seems determined to expand its list of potential enemies in the war on terrorism. Pinkerton warns that this behavior "could become a self-fulfilling prophecy."