Thursday, August 31, 2006
Democrats accuse Rumsfeld of political smear
By Will Dunham
Wed Aug 30, 7:31 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats accused Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday of a political smear after he assailed critics of U.S. policy in Iraq and the war on terrorism in a speech recalling those who favored appeasing the Nazis before World War Two.
"If Mr. Rumsfeld is so concerned with comparisons to World War Two, he should explain why our troops have now been fighting in Iraq longer than it took our forces to defeat the Nazis in Europe," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record) of California, House of Representatives Democratic Leader.
"Desperate to divert attention from his many failures as Defense Secretary, Rumsfeld is resorting to tactics that would make Joe McCarthy proud," added Rep. Pete Stark of California, referring to the disgraced Republican senator who with scant evidence accused many Americans of being Communists or sympathizers in the 1950s.
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If you apply Rumsfeld's logic to the years before World War two, the United States would presumably have stopped Hitler by invading Hungary.
Terry D. Barhorst Sr.
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