Where Nazi Germany was one of the most powerful states in the world at the time, Iraq is a third world country; Nazi Germany possessed one of the mightiest militaries on the planet in the late thirties and early forties, while Iraq's forces had been bottled up and decimated by sanctions after the first Gulf War; World War II saw more than 407,000 American war dead, while in Iraq "only" about 3,100 have been killed (to date); World War II was fought using a draft and rationing at home, while the Iraq War is being shouldered entirely by volunteer armed forces, and there is virtually no effect on the average American who doesn't have friends or relatives in the service; etc., etc.
Still, last weekend, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave it another go, this time in reference to stated plans by Senate majority leadership to amend the authorization for the use of force Congress granted President Bush after 9/11. Saturday, on Fox News, Ms. Rice, who is reputed to have a bachelors degree, a masters degree and a doctorate in political science, spewed forth the following exercise in flop-sweat-soaked hyperbole:
In addition to the examples I cited above of the utter, insulting inappropriateness of comparing World War II and the Iraq War, within this statement there is a consistent thread of not only what we've come to recognize as the usual misguided Bush Administration fear-mongering, but a level of ignorance and contempt for the intelligence of her audience that should remove any lingering doubts that Condoleezza Rice is completely unqualified for public office.
I know it's extremely difficult. And yes, as the president has said, we've now overthrown Saddam Hussein. We are in a different situation, even, some would say, a different war. But the consolidation of a stable and democratic Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein is a part of what America owes to the Iraqi people, owes to the region and owes to ourselves so that our own security is there.
Chris, it would be like saying that after Adolf Hitler was overthrown, we needed to change, then, the resolution that allowed the United States to do that so that we could deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after he was overthrown. It's a part of a continuum of what we're trying to do in Iraq.
Keith Olbermann explains: