A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Rummy's Make Up Your Own WWII Analogy: 

Make Up Your Own WWII Analogy:

Analogy # 1

On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. The Polish army was defeated within weeks of the invasion.

German forces attack Poland across all frontiers and its planes bomb Polish cities, including the capital, Warsaw

September 1: Germany invades Poland. After creating a series of provocations, Germany attacked Poland on September 1.

Analogy # 2

When he (Hitler) started his political career, he certainly did not want people to know that he was lazy and a poor achiever at school. He fell out with one of his earliest supporters - Eduard Humer - in 1923 over the fact that Humer told people what Hitler had been like at school.

Hitler was certainly gifted in some subjects, but he lacked self-control. He was argumentative and bad-tempered, and unable to submit to school discipline....moreover, he was lazy. He reacted with hostility to advice or criticism. (Humer)

Analogy # 3

Propaganda within Nazi Germany was taken to a new and frequently perverse level. Hitler was very aware of the value of good propaganda and he appointed Joseph Goebbels as head of propaganda.

Analogy # 4

Lien Riefenstahl was a film maker who turned her skills to the promotion of Hitler. Although this author is unaware of the same elaborate staging that takes place whenever George W. Bush appears before the cameras, here is a small glimpse at her devotion to the man.

Now Hitler sought to portray himself as statesman and invent a historical continuity for his party based on a completely distorted portrayal of German history. For her part, Riefenstahl was prepared to assist. No doubt, there was an element of personal infatuation on her part with the figure of Hitler, but such infatuation was bound up with definite political conceptions. In one newspaper interview she declared: “To me Hitler is the greatest man who ever lived. He is really faultless, so simple yet so filled with manly power... He is really beautiful, he is wise. Radiance streams from him. All the great men of Germany—Friedrich, Nietzsche, Bismarck—have all had faults. Hitler’s followers are not spotless. Only he is pure.”

Analogy # 5

Goebbels and his skill at masterminding propaganda is best remembered for his night time displays at Nuremberg.

Analogy # 6

To ensure that everybody thought in the correct manner, Goebbels set up the Reich Chamber of Commerce in 1933.

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