The anti-war protest in Los Angeles on September 24, 2005
Bush Likens War on Terror to Cold WarWe all know that the "war on terror" had nothing to do with the invasion of Iraq. Following the President's analogy, if the war on terror is World War II, Iraq must be Vietnam. (This doesn't make the President John F. Kennedy, however much he may wish. I've seen movies about JFK, and the current President is no JFK.)
By Warren Vieth and Josh Meyer. October 7, 2005
WASHINGTON — President Bush on Thursday compared the war on terrorism to the struggle against communism and said a network of Islamic extremists was determined to use Iraq as a staging ground to topple moderate governments in the region and to "establish a radical Islamic empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia."
...Although the arguments Bush used in his lengthy speech were not new, he described the U.S.-declared war on terrorism and its link to Iraq in grander terms than previously, equating it to the Cold War that dominated U.S. foreign policy throughout the second half of the 20th century and comparing terrorist leaders Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab Zarqawi to such tyrants as Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Cambodia's Pol Pot.
...The speech, billed as a major policy address, came at the end of a weeklong effort by his administration to shore up popular support for the central tenets of his foreign policy. Bush's approval rating has fallen to new lows in recent polls, and support for the Iraq war has declined.