Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Stop it with "Islamofascism" Already

Bush just compared Osama bin Laden to Hitler and Lenin.

For the past months (and especially in the past few weeks) every time this administration has to defend the war in Iraq and its failure to catch bin Laden, its members chant HitlerHitlerHitler and intone some high-sounding nonsense about the lessons of history. Their contempt for history and the good sense of American voters is astonishing.

In order to demonize everybody who disagrees with him as a panty-waist appeaser, Bush keeps insisting that there's no way to negotiate with al-Qaida and that the best defense is a good offense.

First, no elected official--hell, no halfway responsible blogger--is saying we should negotiate with bin Laden. The man's a homicidal loon. So that's a straw man.

And right now, while we technically are on offense, it's a bad, bad offense. In 2003, rather than going after bin Laden (he's Hitler, remember? he's Lenin) we went after Saddam Hussein (the prince of Liechtenstein).

So, right now, courtesy of Head Coach Bush and Offensive Coordinator Rumsfeld, we're at war in the wrong place, at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons. Bush's "good offense" is the military equivalent of playing lacrosse offense during a basketball game. In the parking lot outside the arena. The day after the game.


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