We are a nation suffering from PTSD--with our own eyes, we have seen the head shot (from the front) that killed Kennedy; with our own ears, we have heard LBJ stating explicitly that he was a aware that Nixon was scheming with Hanoi to hedge his bet on winning the White House. And we have watched, over and over and over, as three earthquake-proof skyscrapers collapsed: two of them from kerosene fires on their upper floors, and a third from a small fire on on floor, at FREE FALL SPEED. Then we learn that the WMD scare was a lie; that the family of the person we were told was behind the 911 attack was in the U. S. and that they were not only not interviewed or questioned about their son/brother/nephew, but that they were THE ONLY PEOPLE ALLOWED TO TAKE A PLANE RIDE after the attack--so they could leave the country "for their own protection."
Noam asks "Why didn't this happen? Why didn't that happen?...What does it matter?"
It matters because a nation of people forced to deny the reality of what their own intelligent observations tell them is happening--or has happened--creates a nation of disassociated, frightened, insecure, timid people.