This letter is in reference to an Editorial Review for the movie Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. The review in question was written by a Mr. Bret Fetzer and is listed as being from Amazon.com.
While a review is, by its very nature, an opinion, no review or reviewer should be allowed to state blatant mistruths. Unfortunately, Mr. Fetzer's review fails in this regard.
Specifically, Mr. Fetzer states "Their arguments, distilled down from hours of historical record, crackle with emotion and resonate throughout history, from Communist totalitarianism to the Bush administration condemning critics of the Iraq war as traitors." I challenge Mr. Fetzer to produce proof of any member of the Bush administration ever "condemning a critic of the Iraq war as a traitor." If he cannot, then I ask that his review be revised to remove this patently dishonest statement.
Politics shouldn't have a place in movie reviews carrying the imprimatur of Amazon.Com
If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes truth. Sadly individuals such as Mr. Fetzer choose to repeat lies. Unfortunately all this does is create a climate of anger, distrust and polarization. Such is the time we live.
Bush pollster Michael McKenna on Senator Ted Kennendy's accusation that George Bush's reasons for going to war were fraudulent:
"He should be arrested and tried for treason"
Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Secretary, referring to his opinion that criticism of the policies of George W. Bush amounts to a treasonous support of the enemy:
"They take heart in that, and that leads to more money going to these activities or that leads to more recruits or that leads to more encouragement or that leads to more staying power."
President George W Bush on comments made by Senator Ted Kennedy (a veiled, but nonetheless clear accusation that Kennedy's statements somehow aided the enemy):
"Senator Ted Kennedy has characterized Iraq as "George Bush's Vietnam." The similarities are there. The U.S. is now facing a nationalist resistance, much like in Vietnam. The death toll in Iraq, while not yet near the levels of Vietnam, has been brutal. Untold tens of thousands of Iraqis have died, along with hundreds of American troops. When asked about the Vietnam analogy, Bush accused his opponents of aiding the enemy by saying, "I think the analogy is false. I also happen to think that analogy sends the wrong message to our troops and sends the wrong message to the enemy."
Debbers, thanks for your reply. A few thoughts: The issue to address was "Bush administration condemning critics of the Iraq war as traitors." Unfortunately, none of the examples you cited support this false claim. Specifically, Michael McKenna is not a member of the administration. His comment was in response to Senator Kennedy's outlandish accusations saying that the war was a "fraud" cooked up for political reasons (thereby accusing the President of committing treason.)
Your other two quotes in no way support the idea of Administration opponents being called traitors.
Saying that someone's comments is sending the wrong message is not calling someone a traitor.