Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Thanks, Rummy...

...for making it clear that your resignation will be tendered by the end of the year. Afterall, this geezer has finally gone off the deep end. I usually shy away from knee-jerk by nature. But with such a narrow-mided view of reasonable debate on fighting the War in Iraq, I now have no choice but to agree with the Cindy Sheehans of the world that this guy is so out-of-touch that he's dangerous.

Speaking to several thousand veterans at the American Legion's national convention, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld likened critics of the Bush administration's war strategy to those who tried to appease the Nazis in the 1930s.

In unusually explicit terms, Rumsfeld portrayed the administration's critics as suffering from "moral or intellectual confusion" about what threatens the nation's security.

So people like me are just Neville Chamberlains. And those Iraqis engaged in civil war are actually the new Adolf Hitler! Wow - what a misguided read of history. Apparently this man doesn't believe in degrees of evil. Personally, I'm very cautious in comparing anyone to a sicko dictator who directly murdered 6 million innocent people who weren't even fighting. Not to mention everything else Hitler did to push the world into total war. Seriously, I think there's only a few people in all of history who land on that level of satanism, and they probably fall a little short of the Fuhrer.

And I guess Republican Congressman Chris Shays is the latest unpatriotic facist-loving wimp. He's been a supporter of the War in Iraq since 2003. He's made 14 trips to Iraq in the past 3 years. He's met with every leading Iraqi politician. And now he's admitted that our actions in Iraq have become counter-productive. But Rummy says that makes Shays another Hitler-appeasing fool. So why is the administration still working so hard to re-elect Shays in his tight November race?

Rummy, you keep pushing people like me more and more to the Democratic side. I hope leading GOPers condemn his words, but I don't hold my breath. Senator Jack Reed countered this latest desperate attack perfectly:

Sen. Reed, D-R.I., a former Army officer and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in an interview Tuesday that "no one has misread history more than" Rumsfeld.

"It's a political rant to cover up his incompetence," said Reed, a longtime critic of Rumsfeld's handling of the war.

Reed said he took particular exception to the implication that critics of Pentagon policies are unpatriotic, citing "scores of patriotic Americans of both parties who are highly critical of his handling of the Department of Defense."

Well put, Senator.


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