In August 2006, then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, compared critics of the Iraq war to "appeasers" of pre-World War II who wanted to negotiate with Adolf Hitler.
Rumsfeld accused them of not having learned "history's lessons." He went on to ask:
"Can we truly afford to believe that, somehow or some way, vicious extremists could be appeased?"Problem is appeasers and those who sought every which way to avoid confrontation with Hitler were conservative Republicans.
They were the same ones who fought most strongly against the doors of this country being opened to Jews trying to flee Hitler's murderous reach.
In a trenchant critique, Keith Olbermann of MSNBC, condemns this easy use of Nazi analogies.