Use of False Analogies in Public Discourse Concerning the Iraq War
The proponents of the Iraq War argued that Saddam Hussein is comparable to Adolf Hitler in pre-WWII Germany. Speaking at the U.S. Air Force Academy, President George W. Bush made a comparison to Iraq and WWII. "Like the Second World War, our present conflict began with a ruthless surprise attack on the United States," Bush said "We will not forget that treachery, and we will accept nothing less than victory over the enemy" (CNN 2004).
The proponents argued that Hitler and Saddam Hussein were powerful dictators who oppressed their own people and wanted to take over other countries. They argued that if Hitler had been stopped the first time he invaded a country, he would have never been able to cause a World War. Therefore, they also argued that if Saddam Hussein is not stopped, then he will become the next Hitler and start a World War or a conflict in the Middle East region. It was also argued that the occupation of Iraq would be similar to reconstruction of Germany and Japan after WWII, and the U.S. soldiers would be welcomed as liberators. In fact, the Bush administration championed many of these arguments to make the Iraq War look better (Palm Beach Post 2004).
Upon examining these arguments, it is very easy to