Sunday, June 19, 2005

When We Win

I've mentioned that not too long ago I watched the excellent film "Downfall" about the last days of the Third Reich. One of the truly bizarre aspects of the film (and the history) is watching Hitler plan, in all seriousness, what he would do "when the war is won." This is in late April of 1945.

Steve Gilliard has an excellent post on how the American right is starting to sound awful familiar...
In Hitler's bunker, he repeatedly said that Army Group Steiner would rescue Berlin. The fact that Army Group Steiner was a ramshackle group of units and unable to save itself was of no concern to Hitler. In his mind, Army Group Steiner was the solution to the desperate straits of the German Army....

...A quick look at the WaPo in the last week or so would show the unravelling of Bush's war. Parents are facing off with recruiters and winning. The Iraqis refuse to fight. The Kurds provoke the Turks, Gitmo is now a recruiting tool for our enemies and decried by our allies. Pirates boarded an oil tanker.

So what dos Dick Cheney say? The insurgency is in it's last throes. And Army Group Steiner has stopped the Russians.

We are reaching a crisis point in Iraq. And Bush keeps pretending it isn't happening.

In the 1960's, they had a slogan: "What if they gave a war and nobody came?"

Well, in Iraq, by next year, they will have an army with no one joining.
Actually, he's got two good posts, the second one comparing the war in Iraq with Vietnam. Which reminds me to pick up Barbara Tuchman's book March of Folly, her history comparing idiotic military campaigns from Troy to Vietnam.

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