In re: Dr. Condi, work on your history.

The Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice was on Fox News the other day and made some startlingly historically inaccurate and stupid analogies about the current situation in Iraq and Europe in 1945 following the fall of Nazi Germany. Keith Olberman took this to task and rebuked her on his show, pointing out the gross inaccuracy of her statement and how incredible this was considering she has a Ph. D. in political science no less. Check it out here at Crooks & Liars.

“I know it’s extremely difficult. And yes, as the president has said, we’ve now overthrown Saddam Hussein. We are in a different situation, even, some would say, a different war. But the consolidation of a stable and democratic Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein is a part of what America owes to the Iraqi people, owes to the region and owes to ourselves so that our own security is there.

Chris, it would be like saying that after Adolf Hitler was overthrown, we needed to change, then, the resolution that allowed the United States to do that so that we could deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after he was overthrown. It’s a part of a continuum of what we’re trying to do in Iraq.” (Condi on Fox transcript) (In fact the ‘resolution that allowed the United States’, i.e. the Marshall Plan to most of us, did require going to congress, and the republicans did oppose spending the billions of dollars it took to rebuild Europe)


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