I really don't know where Chimpy McCokespoon...er...George Bush is getting the inspiration for his analogies, but they are reeeeeally bad. His comparison between post WWII Japan and Iraq is almost nonsensical. Let's look at a few facts..Shall we? Firstly, there was a <b>PLAN</b> for the occupation of Japan some three years before the representatives of of the Emperor signed the articles of surrender aboard the USS Missouri on August 28th, 1945. Contrast that with the Bush administration in its run up to the war with Iraq in which the Bush administration had no realistic plan and ignored the plans laid out by the State Department for a post invasion Iraq, which is detailed <a href=http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200401/fallows><b>HERE</b></a> Secondly, Japan was, and is, essentially a monoculture with centuries of social cohesion behind it. This social cohesion was, and is, entirely lacking in Iraq given its ethnic, religious and tribal fault lines. And we are now paying the price in blood and treasure for this bit of gross ignorance on the part of Bush and his administration. Thirdly, the civil government of Japan after its surrender was left intact...from the Emperor all the way down to the village headman. The Iraqi civil government was effectively dismantled after Saddam was toppled...de-Baathification and all that...and the Iraqi army was disbanded, throwing thousands of pissed off, armed men out onto the streets and left to their own devices. Finally, a charismatic and capable leader in the form of General Douglas MacArthur. He set the plans in motion and had the the democratic political structure that still functions today in place within three years. Contrast that with the more than four years of the US occupation of Iraq which has resulted in little more than a dysfunctional government more closely tied to Iran than the US and is lousy with members of Shi'ite militias more eager to settle scores with the former Sunni leaders than in establishing a stable democracy. So, does post-invasion Iraq bear <b>ANY</b> resemblance to post-WWII Japan? No. Bush, his cabinet and his speech writers need to start using history for the lessons it provides, not the propaganda nor the agenda they wish to further by the misrepresentation of that history.