Thursday, November 01, 2007

Bush's speechwriters must be slipping...

I just love it when they tee one up like this...

Earlier today, President Bush gave a speech to The Heritage Foundation, a conservative "think-tank." They "think" of reasons to support the war in Iraq (in the name of 'national security') and to send American jobs overseas (in the name of 'globalization'.)

In the speech, he equated his justification for war, the perceived threat in a rising "totalitarian Islamic empire" to the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis in the late 1920s and the 1930s.

That may not be an example he wants to cite.

People may make a connection, but not necessarily the one that he wants them to make.

Some points of comparison -

In 1933, Adolph Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany by Hindenburg.

In 2000, George Bush was appointed President of the United States by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1933, Germany's Enabling Act gives Hitler the power to create laws and ignore Germany's constitution.

In the 2000s, Bush uses executive orders and "signing statements" to accomplish the same ends in the United States.

In 1934, Hitler declares that in the interests of national security he can ignore the courts.

In the 2000s, Bush repeatedly does the same thing.

In 1936, Hitler stated that Germany's only judge is God.

In 2003, Bush stated that God told him to invade Iraq.

There are many (hundreds!) other points of comparison, but the bottom line is this -

In 1938, Hitler's Germany invaded Austria and the Sudetenland (then part of Czechoslovakia); some people objected, but no one did much to stop either one.

In 2002 and 2003, Bush's United States invaded Afghanistan and Iraq; again, there were objections, but no one did much to stop either one.

In 1939, based on false information and a faked Polish attack on Germany, Germany invaded Poland, precipitating the onset of World War II.

In 2007, based on fabricated hysteria and manufactured inevitability, the Bush's United States moved toward an invasion of Iran, precipitating... ????

Any other questions?

AP via Yahoo! News coverage of Bush's speech here.

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