So high-ranking State Department official Eliot Cohen says the U.S. is in World War IV. In response, let me offer a possible candidate for Least Harmless Bloggy Misuse of an Historical Analogy of 2007.
Let's play devil's advocate and suppose for a moment that Cohen is right. Do you think that makes Iraq America's Belgium (for Germany in WW I), Manchukuo (for Japan in WW II), or Afghanistan (for the Soviet Union in WW III)?
Or wait, is it possible these are decent analogies? How likely is it that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq will end up being one of those initial successes that turns out to be the seed of a larger defeat?
BTW, the Manchukuo one (the puppet government Imperial Japan set up in Manchuria after their 1931 invasion and occupation) actually comes from Capra's Why We Fight series of WW II propaganda films, which argued that difficulties in holding Chinese territory and exploiting resources in it drove the Japanese government to decide to invade SE Asia to gain access to its natural resources, which necessitated a quick strike against the U.S. at Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines to deter their biggest rival in the region. (Not to mention my sense that many [though thankfully not all] of Capra's critiques of fascist regimes could be levelled against the Bush-Cheney administration.) I know, I know, weak, right?
Discuss (when you can tear yourself away from commenting on Berube's first official Pandagon weekend posting). And if you think these are bad, wait till you hear why my reading of Thomas Bender's A Nation Among Nations suggests links between the unexpected rise of revolutions in the 18th C western hemisphere following England's decisive defeat of France in that century's global war and the rise of liberation movements that attempted to put an end to European colonialism following WW II--and its implications for our not-really-all-that-postcolonial world now that the U.S. since the 1990s has been in roughly the same position as England was in the 1760s, geopolitically speaking.