Sunday, March 19, 2006

He Doth Compare Too Much

The US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, said yesterday that the US could not afford to wait for conclusive proof of Saddam Hussein's weapons programmes before it attacked Iraq, and he equated the reluctance of America's allies to get involved with the appeasement of Nazi Germany.

The Guardian, 8/21/02


Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is comparing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to Adolf Hitler in the final days of Nazi Germany.

"Like Hitler in his bunker, this violent extremist, failing to advance his political objectives, now appears committed to destroying everything and everyone around him," Rumsfeld said.


AP, 5/26/05


"Adolf Hitler wrote things and people didn’t believe it. Here you have a person from an important country, a big country, with an intelligent and educated population that’s acquiring nuclear weapons, seems to be on a path to do that saying those things."

Donald Rumsfeld on Iran President Ahmadinejad, Fox News, 1/18/06


Rumsfeld...likened al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin while urging Americans not to give in on the battle of wills that could stretch for years.

WaPo, 2/3/06


Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld likened Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Adolf Hitler, reflecting continuing tension in relations between the United States and the Latin American government.

“I mean, we’ve got Chavez in Venezuela with a lot of oil money,” Rumsfeld added. “He’s a person who was elected legally — just as Adolf Hitler was elected legally — and then consolidated power and now is, of course, working closely with Fidel Castro and Mr. Morales and others.”


AP, 2/3/06


Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is warning that Western countries must increase their defense budgets in order to prevent the rise of a "global extremist Islamic empire" that could be as deadly as Hitler's Third Reich.

Newsmax, 2/6/06


"Turning our backs on postwar Iraq today would be the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis."

Donald Rumsfeld, WaPo, 3/19/06


During the past few years in the U.S., we've witnessed state-sanctioned torture, extralegal domestic surveillance, a preemptive war based on false pretenses, and a party-above-nation cult of personality. Those who have noted the lessons learned from 1930's Germany have been dismissed as shrill or loony. So what do Rumsfeld's frequent and increasing use of Hitler analogies betray about him---his veracity, his character, his motives?

30 Comments:

Anonymous Kevin Wohlmut said...

Right from the beginning, I have always said that the Bush Administration [sic] can best be described with that Abraham Maslow quote: "People who are only good with hammers see every problem as a nail."

Describes their energy policy: the "Alternative" to Oil is... More Oil! (...sorry, stole that joke from Fafblog.)

It describes their fixation on deregulation: only business can regulate business, because there is supposedly nothing that business cannot do better than the government. All that social theory stuff and "tragedy of the commons" is for wussies; we're businessmen.

And here, it describes their war strategies. They don't know how to fight any other war than WWII. (Because Iraq is damn well not going to be like Vietnam, that's the one thing they're sure of.) They can't conceive of any opponent who doesn't resemble Nazi Germany. "Man, if we had had these nifty daisy-cutters or fuel-air bombs back in '49, two wings of bombers coulda beat the hell outta those Ratzis!" The Rumsfeld Doctrine in a nutshell.

There's something to be said for learning from history, but these people are trapped in history, and can't learn from the present.

{flattery} It's always a challenging and stimulating read on your blog here, TCR, I actually feel a flush of pride to be the first one to leave a comment for a change. Keep it up!{/flattery}

3/19/2006 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 Year Anniversary
Rumsfeld said “five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn’t going to last any longer than that.”

I'm afraid he is one crazy dude; not in his right mind. He babbles and questions why we aren't torturing more. The man is over 70, are we sure dementia hasn't started, or has he always been this diabolical?

"Hagel: Iraq War Has Helped ‘Bankrupt This Country,’ Made Middle East More Unstable"

3/19/2006 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Jones said...

Good filtering there, TCR. You da man.

And look at the way these bastards haughtily denigrate any opponent who dares breathe der Führer's name.

3/19/2006 10:49 PM  
Anonymous muddy said...

"You were always on my mind, you were always on my mind..."

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Anonymous thirdeye said...

So what do Rumsfeld's frequent and increasing use of Hitler analogies betray about him---his veracity, his character, his motives?

Simply, like we did with the Germans, Rumsfeld would beat the Arabs into submission to accept Jews and Israel.

3/20/2006 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hitler was a nice man compared to Rumsfeld.

3/20/2006 3:15 PM  
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3/20/2006 4:17 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Right after 9/11, I felt I had to seperate the people in the government I could trust from the possible bad ones. I didn't know much about Rumsfeld, didn't know much about his predecessor, William Cohen, for that matter.

Simply for the fact that Rumsfeld was in the Pentagon on 9/11, I left him in my okay category. I figured if Americans were behind 9/11, no one in the know would be crazy enough to sit in his office even if the plane was supposed to hit the part of the building recently constructed and most fortified.

You probably think I'm nuts but I tried to track where all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were on 9/11, some of whom were travelling. Colin Powell was in Peru. James A. Baker III was at the Four Seasons in Georgetown at a Carlye Group meeting that a bin Laden attended (tip of the hat to Braden Keil at the NY Post).

Initially, I thought Rumsfeld's "we know what we know and don't know what we don't know" style was charming. That lasted about ten minutes. Once I realized he had no real interest in the 9/11 or the anthrax investigation, I began to detest him. And it's been downhill for the secretary of defense with me ever since.

I am sick to death of Donald Rumsfeld treating American citizens like they are frigging idiots. Talking down from his imaginary pedestal, the man tells bigger and more stupid lies every day.

The Defense Department is rife with corruption but "Rummy" does not give a flying f**k about the taxpayers as long as he is making his millions from the bird flu scare. BTW, does Rumsfled have children and what do they do for a living? Are they vacuuming up the dollars from this war?

Mitchell Wade, the owner of MZM who just got convicted of bribing Duke Cunningham, had two former Defense Intelligence Agency directors on the board of his Sure Foundation. They are LTG. Harry E. Soyster and LTG. Paul M. Hughes. Hughes definitely was a "consultant" for MZM and Soyster probably was, too. LTG. Sidney T. Weinstein, former Army deputy chief of staff of intelligence, was another Sure Foundation director. Bets he was on the MZM gravy train?

When the invasion of Afghanistan was shaping up, I got mad when I watched Victoria "Can't Keep Her Stories Straight" Clarke push a general around on tv. Now I'd like to push some of the brass around myself as in out the door or into jail.

The Defense Department budget is a $450 billion taxpayer swindle.

3/20/2006 8:42 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Off track here. C.R., but Christopher Byron's column yesterday in the NY Post was about GlobeTel, a penny stock sham. Byron should have gone after Intelli-Check, imo. You and I are Intelli-Check shareholders just by being residents of NYS.

3/21/2006 3:49 AM  
Blogger DrDave said...

Rumsfeld is a war criminal. He should be in prison, sharing a cell with the other war criminal, Cheney.

And did you see Cheney on FTN on Sunday. He actually had the audacity to say this: "I didn't ask for this job."

War Criminals and Liars. Every last one of them.

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Only to protect Israel, Rumsfeld (a jewish man) destroyed Iraq, using our American children.

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