Wipe That Metaphor Off Your Face

October 6, 2007

The Torture Tabernacle Bush Sycophancy Choir is fond of comparing King George’s venture in Iraq to World War II — with Saddam/ Moqtada al-Sadr/ Osama bin Laden/ Watch This Space standing in for Hitler on any given day — by way of justifying the torture and abuse of prisoners.

Unfortunately for the wingers, at a gathering yesterday of actual real-life World War II veterans, men who had experienced war directly instead of fantasizing about it during Jack Bauer wank-off sessions, the veterans had nothing but scorn for the Bush administration’s thuggishness. Mind you, these are the guys who interrogated thousands of German prisoners of war — prisoners who usually arrived at Fort Hunt weeks before their presence was reported to the Red Cross:

Blunt criticism of modern enemy interrogations was a common refrain at the ceremonies held beside the Potomac River near Alexandria. Across the river, President Bush defended his administration’s methods of detaining and questioning terrorism suspects during an Oval Office appearance.

Several of the veterans, all men in their 80s and 90s, denounced the controversial techniques. And when the time came for them to accept honors from the Army’s Freedom Team Salute, one veteran refused, citing his opposition to the war in Iraq and procedures that have been used at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

“I feel like the military is using us to say, ‘We did spooky stuff then, so it’s okay to do it now,’ ” said Arno Mayer, 81, a professor of European history at Princeton University.

When Peter Weiss, 82, went up to receive his award, he commandeered the microphone and gave his piece.

“I am deeply honored to be here, but I want to make it clear that my presence here is not in support of the current war,” said Weiss, chairman of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy and a human rights and trademark lawyer in New York City.

Wonder how long it will be before before the Pilodinal Cyst Poster Child starts calling the Fort Hunt veterans a bunch of phony soldiers?

ADDENDUM: John Cole at Balloon Juice also finds a rich seam of comedy gold in anticipating the winger reaction to this story.

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