From: "The Iran Attack and Aftermath - 'Whoopie! We’re All Gonna Die!'”
by Gary Leupp
... Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld’s deputy and one of the chief architects of that crime, admitted in an interview in May 2003 that the Bush administration had made a political decision to justify the attack by focusing on the issue of Iraq’s (non-existent) WMD:
The coordinated repetition of the warning about a “mushroom cloud over New York City” was much in the spirit of the Nazi propaganda efforts of the 1930s.
“Naturally, the common people do not want war,” Herman Goering said during the Nuremberg trials, “but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.” In carefully contrived speeches the Fuhrer built the case for war on Poland, that gathering threat to the German people, their homeland, their Reich. It worked. The neocons understand this very well. ...