Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is at it again. Yesterday, in Salt Lake City, he likened critics of the war in Iraq to appeasers of Adolf Hitler in the 1930's. If you're not with us, you're against us, and you just might be a Nazi too. That's the intellectual reach of this argument.
Rumsfeld's sally fostered requisite outrage among Democrats. For example, New York's Charles Schumer said, "We Democrats want to fight a very strong war on terror." Although we must respond to Rumsfeld's provocations, we can't let him take control of this debate.
The main point here: Rumsfeld's connection between Hitler and Iraq is extremely faulty. Everyone knows that appeasement of Hitler was a mistake. But by invading and occupying Iraq, the United States is appeasing Islamic hardliners in Iran. Shitte-dominated Iran wants nothing more than a Shiite-dominated neighbor, because this increases its importance and power in the Middle East.
That's right--the death and destruction of our soldiers and Iraqi civilians has produced a more powerful terrorist state in Iran. At least, when appeasing Hitler, the soldiers of other nations did not perish. If only we could say the same as we continue to appease Iran.