http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/08/30/rumsfeld_calls_war_a_historic_challenge/ Rumsfeld calls war a historic challenge He likens critics to Hitler appeasers By Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times | August 30, 2006 SALT LAKE CITY -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld compared critics of the Bush administration to those who sought to appease Nazis before World War II, warning yesterday that the United States faces ``a new type of fascism." Rumsfeld, speaking before the American Legion convention, delivered some of his most explicit and extended attacks yet on the administration's critics, provoking criticism from furious Democrats who accused him of ``campaigning on fear." By comparing US foreign policy with World War II and the Cold War, Rumsfeld sought to portray skeptics of the Bush's foreign policy as being on the wrong side of history. Rumsfeld again ridiculed American officials who, before World War II, wished to negotiate with Adolf Hitler. ``I recount that history because, once again, we face similar challenges in efforts to confront the rising threat of a new type of fascism," Rumsfeld said. ``But some seem not to have learned history's lessons. . . . Can we truly afford to believe that, somehow or some way, vicious extremists could be appeased?" His use of the word ``appease" was notable, tying administration critics to the failed efforts of the pre-Churchill British government to mollify Hitler.