Donald Rumsfeld, in his address at the American Legion’s national convention, said that those who oppose the administrations tactics in Iraq and Afghanistan were “morally and intellectually confused”. The obvious absurdities of that comment are pointed out and responded to by Keith Olbermann on MSNBC who said:
But, to date, this government has proved little besides its own arrogance, and its own hubris. Mr. Rumsfeld is also personally confused, morally or intellectually, about his own standing in this matter. From Iraq to Katrina, to flu vaccine shortages, to the entire “Fog of Fear” which continues to envelope this nation – he, Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, and their cronies, have – inadvertently or intentionally – profited and benefited, both personally, and politically. And yet he can stand up in public, and question the morality and the intellect of those of us who dare ask just for the receipt for the Emporer’s New Clothes. In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised? As a child, of whose heroism did he read? On what side of the battle for freedom did he dream one day to fight? With what country has he confused… the United States of America?
I don’t think a country that holds civilians captive without trial or even being charged with a crime can really make claims of fascism among other governments. Then again, it takes one to know one.