The August-September subtext from the neocons was obvious enough that even I could read it: The White House (though not so overtly the president) made a concerted effort to cast all discussions of the Global War Against Terrorism and its subset, Iraq, in terms of World War II. The choice, we were told, was a simple one between appeasement and manliness.
I thought this was bullshit, and said so at the time.
But with the Iraq war now officially longer than U.S. involvement in World War II, suddenly the rhetorical tables have turned. Suddenly comparisons to WWII are inappropriate, according to the vice president. Here's a clip from Colbert to sort it all out for you.