When analogies attack, or Repeal of Godwin's Law affirmed by presidential edict

George Bush flogs the old Hitler comparison in a desperate attempt to scare the bejesus out of the electorate. For those keeping track at home, that makes three iconic terms from the Last Good War - "Hitler," "fascism," and "appeasement" - dragged back into popular currency by the stay-the-corpse crowd in the White House. Not yet on the list of revived WWII concepts: "conscription."

In a related development, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attempted to broaden discussion of Iraq by invoking slavery and the American Civil War. "I'm sure there are people who thought it was a mistake to fight the Civil War to its end and to insist that the emancipation of slaves would hold," said Rice. This equation of disapproval of American tactics in Iraq with support for slavery is certain to be a winning argument for the White House.


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