The Lady Speaks

Sanity paging Mr. Rumsfeld…

From the ‘Is He Serious?!’ files:

Most everyone these days has heard of Godwin’s Law* and it’s corollaries, so I guess this makes it official. The administration has just effectively killed it’s own arguments.

The War KingThe Master of War Planning….The Secretary of Defense wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post that leaving Iraq now would be like giving ‘post-war Germany back to the Nazis’.


Leaving Iraq now would be like handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a column published on Sunday, the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq war.

‘Turning our backs on postwar Iraq today would be the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis,’ he wrote in an essay in The Washington Post.

Rumsfeld said ‘the terrorists’ were trying to fuel sectarian tensions to spark a civil war, but they must be ‘watching with fear’ the progress in the country over the past three years.

But for another point of view, from the same article:

In London, former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said on Sunday that Iraq is in a civil war and is nearing the point of no return when the sectarian violence will spill over throughout the Middle East.

‘It is unfortunate that we are in civil war. We are losing each day, as an average, 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more. If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is,’ he told BBC television.

And back to Rummy:

Rumsfeld’s view was that the Iraqi insurgency was failing.

‘The terrorists seem to recognize that they are losing in Iraq. I believe that history will show that to be the case,’ he wrote.

He said 75 percent of all military operations in Iraq include Iraqi security forces.

The full article from Reuters is here.

If you can stomach it – have the Alka-Selzer and Pepto handy – Rummy’s op-ed is here. [Registration’s required, but if the feds aren’t onto you, and you want to keep it that way 🙂 – use, password: 123456]

*From Wikipedia:

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.

There is a tradition in many Usenet newsgroups that once such a comparison is made, the thread in which the comment was posted is over and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress.


March 19, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Civil War, Iraq, Rumsfeld, War


  1. Most average citizens haven’t heard of Godwin’s law, which is quite sad, because they’ll buy into the emotion that the word “nazi” brings to the table. It seems to be politics as usual. The only thing that can be done, I guess, is to speak out loud and often about these games that the GOP plays.

    Comment by Brian | March 19, 2006 | Reply

  2. Sadly, we can’t depend on those who are supposed to stand up for us – the Democratic Party. Instead of having a party that calls the GOP on these games, they just nod and keep quiet like school children waiting to be invited to play by the ‘big kids’.

    Comment by PA_Lady | March 19, 2006 | Reply

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