United States of America President George Walker Bush’s Vladimir Lenin, Adolf Hitler and Osama Bin Laden’s analogy has attracted some sharp reaction. It includes those of the US Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat.
Senator Hillary Clinton criticized President Bush on November 1, 2007 for comparing Democrats opposed to his terrorist-surveillance program to those who ignored the rise of Hitler and Lenin. “George Bush’s faulty and offensive historical analogies aren’t going to end the war in Iraq, make America safer or bring our troops home," the New York senator said in a statement. "Americans are tired of the President’s efforts to play politics with national security and practice the politics of division.
Responding to Senator Hillary Clinton's criticism, Republican National Committee spokesman Brian Walton said the New York Senator "has zero credibility when it comes to terrorist surveillance."
"This is the same Hillary that is ok with listening to the phone calls of political opponents, but is opposed to listening to the phone calls of terrorists who want to kill Americans," he added, in reference to an allegation in a recent book that Clinton secretly listened to phone conversations of political opponents in 1992.
In India, CPM leader Prakash Karat described him as a ‘fool’ for comparing Russian leader Lenin with the likes of Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler. "He (George Bush) is a fool. I have heard that a few days ago he said Lenin, Hitler and Osama Bin Laden were alike," CPM general secretary Prakash Karat said addressing a function in New Delhi on November 7, 2007 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Russia's 1917 October Revolution.
"The world knows he is weak in the knowledge of history but now it has also been established that George Bush is also a fool," the Communist leader said after unveiling a bust of Lenin. Karat asked the party cadres to take a pledge to weed out imperialism from the world.
It is to point out that the US President George Walker Bush blasted Congress in a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, for failing to take the terrorist threat seriously, and compared Osama bin Laden to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin.
He defended US military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, and urged Democrat-controlled Congress not to restrict funding for Iraq operations, limit anti-terrorist intelligence-gathering methods, or block his appointment of a new attorney general. He said that six years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there is "a temptation to think that the threats to our country have grown distant," but warned that "the terrorists who struck America that September morning intend to strike us again."
"History teaches that underestimating the words of evil, ambitious men is a terrible mistake. In the early 1900s, the world ignored the words of Lenin, as he laid out his plans to launch a Communist revolution in Russia - and the world paid a terrible price. The Soviet Empire he established killed tens of millions, and brought the world to the brink of thermonuclear war," Bush said.
The President highlighted Washington's role in bringing down the Soviet Union. He told the gathering, attended by leading conservative lobbyists, "Together with a great President named Ronald Reagan, you championed a policy of rolling back communism oppression and bringing freedom to nations enslaved by communist tyranny."
He also compared Islamist plans to "build a totalitarian Islamic empire... stretching from Europe to North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia" to the Third Reich.
"In the 1920s, the world ignored the words of Hitler, as he explained his intention to build an Aryan super-state in Germany, take revenge on Europe, and eradicate the Jews - and the world paid a terrible price."
He insisted that the people of Iraq and Afghanistan have been "liberated" by US-led campaigns: "We removed regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq that had supported terrorists and threatened our citizens, and in so doing, liberated 50 million people from the clutches of tyranny."
Bush said people in the Middle East are now looking to the US to protect their freedom. "In Kabul, in Baghdad, in Beirut, and other cities across the broader Middle East, brave men and women are risking their lives every day for the same freedoms we enjoy. And like the citizens of Prague and Warsaw and Budapest in the century gone by, they are looking to the United States to stand up for them."
The president criticized Congress, which has been controlled by the Democrats since mid-term elections in January, over its moves to limit funding for Iraq operations, and unwillingness to prolong the controversial Protect America Act, which allows unprecedented levels of surveillance in the U.S., including eavesdropping on phone lines without court orders.
"It's no time for Congress to weaken our ability to gather vital intelligence from captured terrorists... And this is no time for Congress to hold back vital funding for our troops as they fight al Qaeda terrorists and radicals in Afghanistan and Iraq." "Unfortunately, on too many issues, some in Congress are behaving as if America is not at war," he said.
In the same speech, Bush also linked Congressional Democrats to the liberal group MoveOn.org and the anti-war group Code Pink. (Video: CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports on Bush's tough words for the Democrats)
"When it comes to funding our troops, some in Washington should spend more time responding to the warnings of terrorists like Osama bin Laden and the requests of our commanders on the ground," Bush said, "and less time responding to the demands of MoveOn.org bloggers and Code Pink protesters."