Thank you, Keith. Thank you.
You should read the whole thing, (or watch it) but my personal favorite quotes I will share:
However, even through the clouds of deliberately spread fear, and even under the weight of a thousand exaggerations of the five years past, one can just barely make out how a battle against international terrorism in 2007 could be compared — by some — to the Second World War.As someone who chafes under those ill-conceived comparisons and hyperbolic history, this is the one of the best comparisons I have ever heard.
The analogy is weak, and it instantly begs the question of why those of "The Greatest Generation" focused on Hitler and Hirohito, but our leaders seem to have ignored their vague parallels of today to instead concentrate on the Mussolinis of modern terrorism.
The resolution that allowed the United States to" overthrow Hitler?Y'all remember that 'Germany didn't attack the USA in WWII' email I wrote about recieving? Looks like someone got hold of it up in the State Department, too.
On the 11th of December, 1941, at 8 o'clock in the morning, two of Hitler's diplomats walked up to the State Department — your office, Secretary Rice -- and 90 minutes later they were handing a declaration of war to the chief of the department's European Division. The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor four days earlier, and the Germans simply piled on.
Your predecessors, Dr. Rice, didn't spend a year making up phony evidence and mistaking German balloon-inflating trucks for mobile germ warfare labs. They didn't pretend the world was ending because a tin-pot tyrant couldn't hand over the chemical weapons it turned out he'd destroyed a decade earlier. The Germans walked up to the front door of our State Department and said, "We're at war." It was in all the papers. And when that war ended, more than three horrible years later, our troops and the Russians were in Berlin. And we stayed, as an occupying force, well into the 1950s. As an occupying force, Madam Secretary!
And then, the coup de grace:
But then there's this part about changing "the resolution" about Iraq; that it would be as ridiculous in the secretary's eyes as saying that after Hitler was defeated, we needed to go back to Congress to "deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after he was overthrown."
Oh, good grief, Secretary Rice, that's exactly what we did do! We went back to Congress to deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after Hitler was overthrown! It was called the Marshall Plan.
Gen. George Catlett Marshall!
Secretary of state!
The job you have now!
So much for that 'student of history' thing Sec. Rice claims to be. More like a student of alternate reality.
Speaking of alternate realities, pointing out gross chicanery, excellent videos by comedian/newspeople and in the name of fairness and balance, I point you to the big conservative Gotcha! of the week: Al Gore's house, by DADvocate.
I'll say that, while I snickered at many of the quotes, the John Stewart piece left me in absolute tears. Though I question the seriousness with which many on the right have in equating the discredit of Al Gore with the discredit of the global warming phenomena specifically and environmental issues as a whole, I must begina conversation with my fellows on the left side (strong side): we may need a new mascot for the Global Warming team. At this point, Mr. Gore may be doing far more damage to the issue than is wise.