Pkenlan over at That Good Night catalogues various disturbing parallels between the events accompanying Hitler's rise to power and the current state of the U.S. union.
Among his insights:
After Afghanistan had been subdued, Bush refocused on Iraq, and sold his war to the American people on the basis of falsified evidence of weapons of mass destruction and invented terrorist connections. As in Germany, the American people bought it. We now know that the reasons for going to war in Iraq were many-fold, but that none of them have to do with the defense of the United States, or with terrorism: 1) To secure access to the Iraqi oil reserves before someone else got access to them first. I'm going to put this part in bold because it's very important: The reason that we were still so determined to go to war with Iraq even after the weapons inspectors found no weapons of mass destruction was because if Iraq could prove that it had no weapons, sanctions against Iraq could have been lifted by the UN. If the UN lifted sanctions, then Iraq would have been free to sell its oil to anyone. America would not have been high on the list that Saddam would have wanted to sell oil to.
Excellent point, Pkenlan. As Benj says: it was a race against time.