Thursday, September 3, 2009

Not Hitler’s Fault

Pat Buchanan marks the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II by saying that Hitler really didn’t want to go to war but Britain made him do it.

Indeed, why would he want war when, by 1939, he was surrounded by allied, friendly or neutral neighbors, save France. And he had written off Alsace, because reconquering Alsace meant war with France, and that meant war with Britain, whose empire he admired and whom he had always sought as an ally.

And six million Jews committed suicide.

This isn’t a new beat for Buchanan; he’s been blaming Roosevelt and Churchill for plunging the world into war for years. I’ll give Matthew Yglesias credit for taking Mr. Buchanan’s claim seriously enough to debunk them. I think the larger issue is that people, including the folks at Morning Joe and The Rachel Maddow Show, book him as serious commentator on their shows instead of relegating him to the same corner as Alan Keyes and that homeless guy who hangs out at the Metro station on Biscayne Boulevard and screams at people.

HT to C&L.