There's this thing. It's called scaremongering. Our respective administrations in particular are adept at exploiting the collective stupidity of their people. Indeed, they count on it. How often does intel of any immediately pressing worth trickle down into the public arena for dissection? Never, right? You might begin with that, and ask yourself just what reactions are likely to be provoked.
Gotta have an enemy, brah. It can't be Russia anymore, cos everyone knows they're ****ed.