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VIDEO: Rumsfeld Compares Iraq War Critics To Hitler Appeasers

By Judd Legum  

"VIDEO: Rumsfeld Compares Iraq War Critics To Hitler Appeasers"

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In a speech to the American Legion yesterday, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld continued his blistering attack on critics of the administration’s Iraq war policy.

Rumsfeld compared critics of his policies to people “in the decades before World War II” who believed Hitler “could be appeased” and “argued that the fascist threat was exaggerated — or that it was someone else’s problem.” People critical of his current efforts, according to Rumsfeld, “have still not learned history’s lessons.”

Rumsfeld added, “any moral or intellectual confusion about who and what is right or wrong can weaken the ability of free societies to persevere.” Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2006/08/rumsfeld.320.240.flv]

Read the full text of Rumsfeld’s remarks here.

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