November 2nd, 2007
10:50 AM ET
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Clinton criticizes Bush's Hitler, Lenin analogy

Clinton had sharp words for President Bush Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sharply criticized President Bush Thursday 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 Thursday in a statement. "Americans are tired of the president’s efforts to play politics with national security and practice the politics of division.

Speaking before the Heritage Foundation Thursday, Bush criticized Congress for failing to act on intelligence legislation that is "vital to protect the American people in this war on terror," and suggested Democrats are underestimating the terrorist threat.

"History teaches that underestimating the words of evil, ambitious men is a terrible mistake," Bush said. "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.

“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," Bush continued. "Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. And the question is: Will we listen?"

Responding to Clinton's criticisms, 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 the same speech, Bush also linked Congressional Democrats to the liberal group 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 bloggers and Code Pink protesters."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (425 Responses)
  1. Angel, Los Angeles of Anaheim

    Whilr I agree 100% with colin and his ideas, Colin please stop posting your rants without using spell checker. You are making the rest of us that support you look like trailer-trash republicans.
    Thanks again for your opinion, but please.....look as inteligent as youseem to be.

    November 2, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. BCNU purple state, usa

    Is she clapping or telling a fish story? Who widens their hands that far to clap?

    November 2, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Patrick,Tulsa- How about my right to have ID? My right to travel? My right to use banks? Borrow money? Sell my property? You simple folks have no idea what is being done to US citizens in the name of terror. You need to wake up to the fact that millions of innocent americans are being persecuted every day. If you spent just one day in my shoes,you'd call for impeachment immediately. The SSA is Bush's gestapo. The "Homeland security" scam is just another fascist political machine. Who's homeland? Yours? Not the american homeland for sure. Try standing up for your rights and watch how fast they elude you.

    November 2, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Ed Macias

    And George Bush has zero credibility when it comes to telling the truth.

    November 2, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Neill C., Montgomery, Al

    If he said it, he finally has said something pretty accurate.

    November 2, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Nonymouse Nonyplace USA

    Anonymous- don't you know that the terrorist bogeyman can probably find you via your IP address? As far a "moslem" democracies, you don't know what you are talking about:
    List of Muslim democracies
    The following list indicates those countries which are members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and are either generally considered to be democratic or have substantial democratic elements in their system of government. The percentage of Muslims in each country is sourced from CIA FactBook

    Albania (Europe) (70% Muslim)
    Algeria (North Africa) (99%)
    Bangladesh (South Asia) (83%)
    Comoros (South eastern Africa) (98%)
    Indonesia (South-East Asia) (88%)
    Iran (Middle-East) (98%)
    Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia) (75%)
    Lebanon (Middle-East) (59.7%)
    Nigeria (West Africa) (50%)
    Malaysia (South-East Asia) (62%)
    Mali (West Africa) (90%)
    Morocco (North Africa) (98.7%)
    Niger (West Africa) (80%)
    Senegal (West Africa) (94%)
    Sierra Leone (West Africa) (60%)
    Turkey (Europe / Asia) (99.8%)
    Yemen (Arabian Peninsula – Asia) (+90%)

    You have a much better chance of being killed in a car, dying from MRSA or being hit by lightning, than being a victim of a terrorist but don't let that stop you from cowering in fear in your basement.

    November 2, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Windy from Cali, the Patriot act is not unconstitutional it was passed by a HUGE majority of politicians from BOTH SIDES of the fence.

    Tap away baby, I have nothing to hide, do you? IF they used these wiretaps for anything other that the stated purpose, I WOULD BE RIGHT NEXT TO YOU YELLING LOUD AND CLEAR.

    ILEGAL Wiretaps are a funny thing, considering the CLINTONS have used them over the years to hurt regular folks that you and I BOTH don't want hurt by wiretaps. Hmmm.

    What illegal searches are you talking about, airports, train stations, stadiums? To save peoples lives, this bothers you? Are you serious, we have had screening in airports for years.

    We have cameras everywhere and not just the gubment doing it, look up in any parking lot and you will see them, if they save one life or solve one kidnapping, YAY, YAY, YAY.

    The individuals you are defending are not pulled off of the streets of Cali, they were pulled from the battlefield and trying to kill your fellow citizens and they don't receive the same rights that YOU STILL HAVE.

    If you have some real issues with actual proof of wrong-doing, please come forward, be a patriot.

    November 2, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Bob Reading PA


    Let's simplify this for the Liberals who believe in the "goodness of mankind" :

    Hitler said he would rid the world of Jews and conquer the world...he then proceeded to kill 6 million of them and conquered all of western Europe.

    Lenin said he would bring communism ...eventually 100 million died.

    Bin Laden and the Taliban (who want to force Islam and Sharia law on the world by force (convert or die)), said they will destroy Israel and the United States... They came to our biggest city and knocked down the two tallest buildings killing 3,000 plus just for starters. Do you think they are serious or just joking?

    Can Bin Laden be compared to Hitler ... no not yet. Not until he kills at least 100,000 more. Just wait a year or two .. then the analogy should apply.

    What will think when they detonate the Nuke in New York City or LA and kill 100,000 for act two? Will you be glad that you voted down the surveillance legislation?

    Now why are Democrats so upset about listening in on every phone call to Pakistan, Iran, Syria, etc.???

    Are they concerned that America is stepping on someone's rights?

    I got news for you, if you are calling Iran or Syria, you automatically give up your rights. They are killing American soldiers even today. So let them listen to the phone calls. Let them screen the communications.

    Afer all just think of the thousands of Liberals that will be saved when Bush foils a Nuke bomb plot as a result of eavesdropping?

    Why are Dems so upset? Do you think that surveilance of your phone calls are next? WRONG! Who cares about your miserable little lives and stupid phone conversations.

    Bush is trying to save lives. If you think there is anything else to it, you are wrong.

    Call you congressman tell him to pass the Surveilance bill.

    November 2, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Jay, Raleigh, NC

    “Tap away baby, I have nothing to hide, do you?”

    Why do conservatives want to live in an authoritarian police state? Having something to hide has nothing to do with it.

    It’s about the fact that court authorization is needed before a search. The U.S. has functioned just fine with this safeguard in place (with the exception of Nixon’s illegal wiretaps of his political opponents), and America has thrived for over 200 years.

    “We have cameras everywhere and not just the gubment doing it”

    You don’t understand the difference between monitoring a public place vs. monitoring a private conversation on a private phone line?

    Move to Russia. Seriously.

    November 2, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Santosh

    Excellent response by the RNC spokesperson. No matter what else they say about him, no one has been as resolute as Pres. Bush when it comes to fighting terrorism, the most important job of the President.

    November 2, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. demwit

    Forget all about Hillary wanting to give illegals drivers licenses. LOOK, OVER THERE!! Its politics of division...

    November 2, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Devout American

    A country that stands divided cannot stand. We need to put aside our personal agendas and beliefs and just look at the facts. Not the passed but think of the future and what awaits us. If you believe that you are safe from the threats that are surrounding our great nation and that nothing can bring us down. Then I fear for your ignorance. Maybe you should stop reading from and start opening a history book. But then again you might consider this website as your reliable source of international relations and political news, that right there would explain you lack of knowledge.

    November 2, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Bush's stupidity knows no bounds and anyone that believes him is as stupid as he is!

    What ever happened to avenging 9/11? The Taliban still control parts of Afghanistan. For example, the town of Musa Qala has been under their control for the last 9 months. Bin Laden is still free to poke fun at America whenever he wants and Afghanistan's record drug crop is making all the money terrorists need to plan and get ready for another attack on American soil.

    Yet here's Bush and all our resources in Iraq! ...and here's the Republicans blindly cowering behind him.

    How the hell is "fighting them over there" going to keep terrorists from coming over here? How long do you really think it's going to be before they simply cross our wide open borders or ports and do another 9/11, or worse?

    November 2, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. summus

    Bush is the most immoral president we have ever had. The blood of almost 4,000 murdered American soldiers is on his hands. The Democrats are so pathetic to not do anything about it. the historians will rectify the situation.

    November 2, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Laurence Cumbie, Dallas, Texas

    Why even listen to the thoroughly corrupt bought-and-paid-for MSM? Any candidate who has affiliations with corporate lobbyists or the CFR will bring us more of the same double-talk – no matter what their party affiliation is! The real contrast today is between the elites and ordinary Americans who believe in the rule of constitutional law. Want change? Vote Ron Paul!

    November 2, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Hillary's response here is but one example of many shining examples of why Democrats simply aren't viable candidates in a Post-9/11 world: they just don't get it.

    They honestly don't understand the threat posed by radical Muslims, and as such, they underestimate that threat, to all of our detriment.

    Terrorists laid their cards on the table years ago, and their message couldn't have been clearer: "We will end the modern secular Western world, and bring about a new caliphate, worldwide, united under Islam."

    In other words, convert or be killed.

    They have spoken. Are we so daft as to think they're bluffing?

    Bush was spot on point: Democrats Just Don't Get It.

    What I find most amazing, is the fact that the people with the most to lose under a new Muslim conquest of the Western World, are women, liberals, gays and the decadant "Hollywood types," many of the very same people who are protesting the loudest against the people who are trying to protect their ungrateful hides.

    You think it's tough living under the Bush rule, try living under Sharia Law. "Shut up! Put your burka back on and cover your ankles, lest I beat you with a stick or throw acid in your eyes."

    It's the devil you know versus the devil you don't.

    November 2, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Raymond from El Paso wrote:

    "How the hell is "fighting them over there" going to keep terrorists from coming over here? How long do you really think it's going to be before they simply cross our wide open borders or ports and do another 9/11, or worse?"

    It's real simple, bud. Terrorists want to become martyrs, that is, die for their cause. We, as Americans wish to help them in their cause of dying.

    They want to die for their cause... we are willing to kill for ours. It's a wonderful symbiotic relationship.

    See, by fighting them "over there," we're simply making it easier for them to meet their maker, as they can just flood into whatever country the American Military (ie "the infidels") is currently stationed... instead of bothering to try to come illegally into the US.

    To look at it another way, we're like the McDonalds for Radical Muslims looking to become martyrs. Using that analogy, I guarantee you, if they manage to detonate a nuke on American soil, the McDonalds slogan of "millions served" will not just apply to hamburgers, but the millions of Muslims living in, around and near Mecca and Medina. Bank on it.

    November 2, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  18. colony14 author, Mt Prospect, Illinois

    If all you Hillary fans were in charge during World War II we would have lost.

    November 2, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Karen,ny

    Eric..I don't agree with you at all. I don't think we are under a terrorist threat at all. We have all the American citizens being vigilant. Who do you think tells home security about suspicious activities? That's exactly right, we do. The Bush administration is constantly using scare tactics and they are discovering that they are no longer working. But, I am sure that Bush will dream up some other kind of scare for the American people.

    November 2, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Eric,Texas-It's you who simply doesn't understand. You think we should play the game. Why play? I think we should stop playing period. Is it smart to fight against a radicalized religious group by radicalizing our religious groups? It's siily to play. Let's just end it now. No religion in our politics. No respect for theirs. We shut up our nuts. We treat them like nuts until they do the same. We could have a new spectator sport like rollerball. Your nuts against ours. The entire concept of life after death,glorifying death as something to strive for is ludicrous. It lends itself to endless,pointless war. Kick it out of the political arena and turn it back into what it was designed for,entertainment. Our imaginary man in the sky against their imaginary man in the sky is still just lunacy. Let the looneys fight their own. Leave us out of it. Stop playing the game and just end it. Mandatory storage of radioactive waste in all religious sites would be helpful too. Ever put a geiger counter on that chinese steel? Do you think maybe that's why they can't make a wrench that doesn't break? Wake up and realize that playing along is just being played. Stop playing.

    November 2, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. lava, North Pole

    Jay, Raleigh, NC:

    There is seriously something wrong with your way of thinking. You sound like one of those brainwashed poppets in the Democratic la la land.

    Bob Reading PA and Tom – Dedham, Mass: THANK YOU. Very compelling analysis.

    November 2, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. SambaRim

    Guys, beware! There are some Israelis over here posing as Americans. Do not heed to them. All Israelis and Israel -Firster Jews want is a world wide war with Muslims. They want to weaken all countries surrounding Israel so that Israel can remain the most powerful in MidEast. They made US attack, Afghanistan, Iraq now Iran, Syria, Egypt, Yemen,etc etc. So careful. These Jews do NOT lookout for US's good. They only case for their Eratz Israel.

    November 3, 2007 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  23. Jr., California

    Ruth, N.D.

    If Bin Laden is dead the American people need some proof of that. Because right now he is still alive if you've seen the videos and heard the tapes.

    We have lost the focus of hunting this guy down and killing him like we were promised. We managed to kill Saddam and others but not the "big fish". I simply don't buy the excuse that Bin Laden is in the mountains somewhere. America's resources are better than that. Until this happens, we will continue to wonder ... what are we really doing?

    November 3, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Oletafive, Oleta, OK

    Bush's words are the rope his terms judgement will hang by. If there is a comparison to Hitler it is in the reflection of his own mirror. Kidnap, murder and torture are not American values, and Bush is not smarter than Congress. He forgets that it is his own invasion of Iraq, not congresses, that is our biggest problem today.

    November 4, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    We are in a very dangerous place in this country when people are so blinded by their politics they are willing to turn a blind eye to an obvious enemy (one who has stated their goals on numerous times in startling clarity), all in the name of getting "their team" elected.

    Apparantly, there is something in the water in NY. Read below...

    Karen from NY wrote:
    "I don't think we are under a terrorist threat at all."

    Those four airplanes full of people, those two 110-story buildings, those 3,000 people who died in a span of less than 120 minutes... Richard Pryor years ago had a term for something like this... he called it "a hint-and-a-half for your a**"

    Further, Ed from Ellenville, New York wrote:
    "Our imaginary man in the sky against their imaginary man in the sky is still just lunacy."

    Bud, I'm with you. Let's leave religion out of this. The fight against Radical Islam has nothing to do with Religion. It has to do with fighting a Doomsday Death Cult, one that seeks to kill you and I because we don't bow to their Cult's god and beliefs.

    If your views are indicative of the majority view in this nation, we as a free nation are finished. Skip the long lines and buy your burka and prayer rug now.

    Well, at least I like their food, so maybe I'll have an easier transition when I'm forced to convert.

    November 4, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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