Am I the only one still in withdrawal from the noticeable absence of Rummy (and Cheney for that matter) from the administration's foreign policy discourse. Appeasers and peace conspirators rule the day much to the detriment of our safety and better judgment. It seems Condo and Co. (State Dept.) have won the battle, let's pray they don't win the war against the Bush Doctrine.
- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday accused critics of the Bush administration's Iraq and counterterrorism policies of trying to appease "a new type of fascism."
In unusually explicit terms, Rumsfeld portrayed the administration's critics as suffering from "moral and intellectual confusion" about what threatens the nation's security and accused them of lacking the courage to fight back.
In remarks prepared for delivery to the American Legion's national convention, Rumsfeld recited what he called the lessons of history, including the failed efforts to appease the Adolf Hitler regime in the 1930s.
>"I recount this history because once again we face the same kind of challenges in efforts to confront the rising threat of a new type of fascism" he said.
Rumsfeld recalled a string of recent terrorist attacks, from the Sept. 11 attacks to bombings in Bali, London and Madrid, and said it should be >"But it is apparent that many have still not learned history's lessons," he said, adding that part of the problem is that the American news media have tended to emphasize the negative rather than the positive.
He said, for example, that more media attention was given to U.S. soldiers' abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib than to the fact that Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith received the Medal of Honor. hat tip mdd
This new fascism manifests itself in myriad ways. Pastorius writes a scathing post of a kind of media blackmail here and the I recently wrote of a different deleterious scrouge here, New Fascism in America.
Photo: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gestures as speaks at the 107 annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Reno, Nev. Monday, Aug. 28, 2006. Rumsfeld said Monday he is deeply troubled by the success of terrorist groups in "manipulating the media" to influence Westerners. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)