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Bush Drawing All the Wrong Analogies

By Faiz Shakir  

"Bush Drawing All the Wrong Analogies"

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Today in a speech before the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Salt Lake City, President Bush drew an analogy between the U.S. forces’ ongoing efforts in Iraq and a previous generation’s struggle in World War II:

From the beaches of Normandy to the snows of Korea, courageous Americans gave their lives so others could live in freedom. Since the morning of September the 11th, we have known that the war on terror would require great sacrifice, as well. [8/22/05]

Previously, Bush has called on the memories of the Revolutionary War, World War I, the Korean War, and even the Civil War to bolster support for the Iraq war effort.

Predictably, Bush has never compared the current conflict to Vietnam. But Senator Chuck Hagel, a decorated veteran of that conflict, suggests that’s the war from which we should be drawing lessons:

“We’re past that stage now because now we are locked into a bogged-down problem not unsimilar, dissimilar to where we were in Vietnam,” Hagel said. “The longer we stay, the more problems we’re going to have.


Invoking World War II and Korea

Bush: “From the beaches of Normandy to the snows of Korea, courageous Americans gave their lives so others could live in freedom. Since the morning of September the 11th, we have known that the war on terror would require great sacrifice, as well.” [8/22/05]

Invoking the Revoluationary War

Bush: “Our Union was preserved through the costly battles of the Civil War — including one at Vicksburg that ended on Independence Day, 1863… Today, a new generation of Americans is defending our freedom against determined enemies.” [7/2/05]

Invoking World War I

Bush: “When we see tyranny, we must resist and free people from tyranny. And we must remember the lessons of Europe, and that is, democracies are able to live peacefully side by side; a part of the world that — where there was war after war, where thousands of American soldiers had died, not only in World War I and World War II, is now whole, free and peaceful, because of the spread of democracy.” [5/13/05]

Invoking the Civil War

Bush: “During that hot summer in Philadelphia more than 200 years ago, from our desperate fight for independence to the darkest days of a civil war, to the hard-fought battles of the 20th century, there were many chances to lose our heart, our nerve, or our way.” [7/4/05]

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